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Type Flatbread
Place of origin Mesoamerica
Main ingredients Flour
Cookbook: Tortilla  Media: Tortilla

A tortilla (/tɔːrˈtə/, Spanish: [torˈtiʎa])) 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]


Maize (Corn) tortilla[edit]

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

Wheat tortilla[edit]

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

See also[edit]


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