|Place of origin||Mesoamerica|
A tortilla (//, Spanish: [toɾˈtiʎa]) is a type of thin, unleavened flatbread, typically made from corn or wheat. In Spanish, "tortilla" means "small torta", or "small cake". It was first made by the indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica before European contact. The Aztecs and other Nahuatl speakers call tortillas tlaxcalli ([t͡ɬaʃˈkalli]).
Flour tortillas originated in the Texas-Mexico border region where the Mexican and Anglo cultures came in close contact and enormously influenced each other. Flour tortillas usually contain lard and salt, but otherwise the preparation and cooking of flour tortillas on a comal is identical to that of corn tortillas. Flour tortillas are commonly used in burritos, tacos, fajitas, and other Tex-Mex foods, especially if eaten with hands, as flour tortillas hold together with damp foods better than corn tortillas.
- Indigenous peoples of the Americas
- Latin American cuisine
- List of tortilla-based dishes
- Nahuatl Dictionary. (1997). Wired Humanities Project. University of Oregon. Retrieved August 29, 2012, from link