"Dreamer" opens tortilla factory in Iowa City to share family recipe

Published: Oct. 9, 2018 at 9:15 AM CDT
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A 19-year-old DACA recipient has opened up his own tortilla factory.

"We grew up eating tortillas made at home because we didn't like the store-bought brands," Kavir Ramos says. "We just didn't like the flavors."

Ramos says he isn't sure why the tortillas from a store in town didn't taste right, but it got him thinking about the homemade tortillas his family eats.

"My grandma made some really good tortillas when we were little and we grew up here," Ramos says. "She would come by every year or so and she would make us fresh tortillas and that kind of inspired us."

Ramos is now using the family recipe to make and sell 1,00 handmade tortillas every day at


The store opened in February and since then they've doubled the number of tortillas they make.

The Tortillas are now sold in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids Hy-Vees, Fareways and Mexican stores.

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Correction: a previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Ramos and his family illegally came into the U.S. The Ramoses entered the U.S. legally with visas. Ramos applied for DACA as his visa was expiring so he could remain in the U.S.