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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Mexican food is not all tortilla chips, queso, and margaritas! Tamara Melton, SELF, "Our Idea of Healthy Eating Excludes Other Cultures, and That's a Problem," 31 July 2018 Some of the dishes included in the Google Doodle are apple pie for Maine, tortilla soup for Texas, hamburgers for Iowa and North Dakota, banana bread in Wyoming and goulash for Michigan. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "The Fourth of July Google Doodle Celebrates Each State's Most Popular Holiday Recipes," 3 July 2018 Su Casa’s chicken tortilla soup arrived at a truly hot temperature, not tepid, as is often the case even in up-market restaurants. Tim Smith,, "Su Casa serves Mexican fare with flair," 13 June 2018 Start with their famous tortilla soup, chicken fried oysters with jalapeño tartar sauce, or the Veracruz shrimp cocktail with a sweet and tangy cocktail sauce for an appetizer. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 Other starters include a house salad, Oaxaca salad (romaine, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumber, bacon, beans and sweet corn), chicken tortilla soup and chicken pozole. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Dream Tacos TX," 7 June 2018 On our first visit, main courses — pot roast and mashed potatoes ($16) and grilled prawn Louie ($15) — arrived five minutes before the appetizers, the wedge salad ($9) and tortilla soup ($7). Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "With market, bakery and cafe, Oakland Chow bites off more than it can chew," 13 Apr. 2018 The chicken tortilla soup turns out to be a good starter., "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 30 Mar. 2018 The cooks have learned ideal quantities to batch-cook items made from scratch, such as the meatloaf or the tortilla soup – a hospital favorite that some people even buy by the quart to take home (download the recipe here). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Goodbye Tray Line, Hello Room Service," 10 Jan. 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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