tor·​ti·​lla | \ tȯr-ˈtē-yə How to pronounce tortilla (audio) \

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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The fresh corn tortilla, made just after sunrise, was tossed onto the plancha, brushed with oil and more oil and left to sizzle to a blistering, charred finish. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Hidden on Capitol Hill, a Mexican street-food spot draws raves," 23 Oct. 2018 Serve chicken in tortillas topped with slaw, plus cilantro and yogurt if desired. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chicken Mole Tacos," 17 Jan. 2019 There's also a woman making handmade flour tortillas by the dozen. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Restaurants in Houston," 1 Oct. 2018 Cut tortillas into ghoulish shapes with cookie cutters, then lightly toast and spread the brain food on top! Mark Addison, Seventeen, "12 Genius Tips for Throwing a Spooky Halloween Party Your Friends Will Never Forget," 8 Aug. 2018 My fish and chips — a house specialty — lived up to its reputation, and my husband loved his seasonal lobster served with rice, beans and tortillas. Dorothy O'donnell,, "On a weekend escape to Pacific Beach, you can party on the boardwalk and chill on the bay," 5 July 2018 Two tortillas are hit with mounds of sweet and spicy pork (roasted in banana leaves), pickled red onion, cilantro and lime crema, served with handful of crunchy pork rinds. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise’s trendy new taquerias redefine the taco – and diners get to taste the difference," 27 June 2018 Its vegetarian variation was more like a veggie stir-fry stuffed in a corn tortilla. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Hidden on Capitol Hill, a Mexican street-food spot draws raves," 23 Oct. 2018 It can be converted to liquid, and has been smuggled in iced tea bottles, disguised as horse shampoo and hidden in tortillas. Frances Robles, New York Times, "Meth, the Forgotten Killer, Is Back. And It’s Everywhere.," 13 Feb. 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 How to pronounce tortilla (audio) \

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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