Roy Gilbert

Third generation takes over at Comanche Tortilla

J.B. Gallegos and his dad J Ben Gallegos are at the front of Comanche Tortilla and Tamale Factory.

Pecos County People A look at people and businesses in Pecos County J.B. Gallegos and his dad J Ben Gallegos are at the front of Comanche Tortilla and Tamale Factory. For the last 72 years, the Comanche Tortilla and Tamale Factory has been serving authentic, home-made products to Fort Stockton. The factory, originally started in 1947 by Angel Terrazas and Elisa Webster Terrazas, changed locations several times before they purchased the current location on Nelson Street in 1959. When it started out, tortillas were made on site. Today, they are manufactured elsewhere and sent in since it is a labor-intensive operation. However, the masa, tamales and salsas – including pico de gallo, red and jalapeno – are still made on site. Elisa’s son and Angel’s stepson, J Ben Gallegos, 91, took over after their retirement and was the one who introduced salsas into the mix. “My dad has always been innovative in his approach,” said his son, J.B. Most days J Ben is on the phone with customers or ordering merchandise while J.B. continues with more of the hands-on stuff. When J Ben was 23 years old and fresh out of the Navy, he wanted to be a barber. After decided it was a hard occupation to enter, he came back to Fort Stockton and started making corn tortillas for his dad. He remembers selling a dozen of the tortillas for 10 cents a dozen back then. He bought a van and started selling around town, and then Alpine. […]

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