Flour tortillas are a kind of flatbread originally from central America. They are made from flour, water and salt which are combined to make a dough. The dough is then divided and rolled out into large circular shapes, they are then cooked in a flat pan with no oil until slightly brown on the surface. They are soft, flexible and can be rolled out quite large.
Tortillas were originally made with corn rather than flour, and still, continue to be very popular in Mexico and Central America. Corn tortillas are used to make many popular Mexican dishes like tacos, tostadas, enchiladas, and quesadillas. They are also cut into triangles and fried making them tortilla chips for nachos.
Flour tortilla recipes
Wraps – are made with flour tortillas wrapped around fillings of your choice. They are great because they are very portable and quick to make. They can be served hot and cold.
Burritos – similar to wraps, burritos are a kind of rolled sandwich but contain beans, usually meat and sometimes salsa, sour cream, guacamole and cheese. The tortilla is often stemmed before rolling to soften it.
Tacos – small flour tortillas are used to make soft-shell tacos. They are filled with the same ingredients as a hard-shell taco.
Piadina – this great Italian snack is from the Emilia-Romagna Region. The bread is folded in half and filled with meat, cheese and vegetables and then cooked in a pan.
Enchiladas – are small tortillas wrapped around a filling, covered with sauce, topped with cheese and baked. It can be filled with meats, cheese, beans, potatoes and or vegetables
Pizza – tortillas can be topped like a pizza and baked in the oven for a quick and easy meal!
In Spanish, the word tortilla is also used to describe an omelette (Spanish omelette) made with potatoes and onion.