tor·ti·lla | \tȯr-ˈtē-yə \

Definition of tortilla 

: a thin round of unleavened cornmeal or wheat flour bread usually eaten hot with a topping or filling (as of ground meat or cheese)

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For lunch, volunteers serve roasted chicken, tortillas and rice. Leyla Santiago And Khushbu Shah, CNN, "Gabriela's quest for safety: Pregnant mom gets her boys through sickness, a trash train and 3,000 miles," 27 Apr. 2018 At the same time, those adept at the culinary arts will demonstrate how corn tortillas are made. Scott Craven, azcentral, "National Park Week means free admission on April 21. Here's how to take advantage in Arizona," 20 Apr. 2018 The sum of all the parts of this tacos came together nicely in a homemade tortilla shell with just the right crunch and crispness. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Clinton Township's Crazy Gringo taco dish sizzles as the winner at Bacon Bash," 8 Apr. 2018 In another room, three teenage girls ate chicken soup and tortillas, served to them by an elderly couple from Dallas who’d come to town to help and had been directed to Catholic Charities by their hotel. Jennifer Epstein,, "Trump Policy Sows Confusion and Anxiety Across the Mexican Border," 28 June 2018 The regular lunch on a recent day consisted of a large serving of rice and beans; carne asada; cooked squash and corn; a salad of lettuce, carrots and jicama; tortillas; and optional flan for dessert. James Wagner, New York Times, "A Nightmare for Mexico’s Soccer Opponents: More Chuckys On the Way," 27 June 2018 Options include meatballs in a low-carb marinara and beef tacos—sans tortilla, of course. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "This Is the Golden Age of Backpacking Food," 27 June 2018 Houston-area Mexican food lovers can not only enjoy items like beef fajitas, flour tortillas, chile rellenos and enchiladas this summer at Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen but also learn how to prepare them. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen serves and teaches Tex-Mex cooking," 19 June 2018 Fry tortillas at 350 degrees in canola/olive oil blend in a deep fryer for five seconds. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Menu at Porch, Louisville's newest downtown hit, 'speaks to everyone'," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of tortilla

1648, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tortilla

American Spanish, from Spanish, diminutive of torta cake, from Late Latin, round loaf of bread

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The first known use of tortilla was in 1648

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English Language Learners Definition of tortilla

: a round, thin Mexican bread that is usually eaten hot with a filling of meat, cheese, etc.


tor·ti·lla | \tȯr-ˈtē-ə \

Kids Definition of tortilla

: a round flat bread made of corn or wheat flour and usually eaten hot with a filling

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