Raul Lopez always wanted to be a bullfighter. Growing up in Mexico City, he participated in the sport as much as possible, but economic reasons led him down an altogether different path—making tortillas. He brought this business—and the nickname “el torero,” which means bullfighter—with him when he moved to the United States in 1942. What began as a small operation peddling tortillas to his neighbors turned into El Milagro tortillas, still well known today for a spread of Mexican tortillas, chips, burrito shells, and caseras, distributed throughout the Midwest. True to Lopez’s original process, the company’s current staff—including his wife and seven of their children—grinds only the finest kernels to create their products; they never use processed corn flour or aged corn, despite impressive resumes that list previous work in popcorn bags. Locations throughout Chicago also sell fresh tacos atop Lopez’s famed tortillas.