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A tortilla (/tɔːrˈtə/, 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]).[1]

Place of originMesoamerica
Main ingredientsFlour

Tortilla is not to be confused with "tortilla francesa" or omelette that is consumed in South America.


Corn tortillaEdit

Tortillas made with maize (corn) are the oldest variety of tortilla, and remain very popular in Mexico and Central America.

Wheat tortillaEdit

Wheat was not grown in the Americas prior to the arrival of Europeans, but is a common source of flour for tortillas today.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Nahuatl Dictionary. (1997). Wired Humanities Project. University of Oregon. Retrieved August 29, 2012, from link