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Tortillas

Spanish name: Tortilla
  [tohr-TEE-yah]

Tortillas are flat unleavened round bread made of either corn or flour and are a Mexican staple. The versatile tortillas can be eaten plain or used to wrap other foods to form dishes such as tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. Tortillas have become popular throughout the U.S. and can be found in most major grocery store chains.

Corn tortillas
Corn tortillas are made from corn which has been soaked (slaked) in "cal" then ground. Good quality corn tortillas do not contain salt or any additives or preservatives. Water is added to the ground corn to form a soft dough. The tortilla is then flattened in a heavy tortilla press or by hand.

Flour tortillas
Flour tortillas are from Nothern Mexico where wheat grows. Flour is combined with salt, fat (lard or shortening) and water. The dough is kneeded then it must be rolled out with a rolling pin (palote). You can't use a tortilla press to roll out flour tortillas. The reason is the wheat flour contains gluten. The rolling process stretches the tortilla out and breaks down the gluten fibers so the tortilla does not just shrink back to its original shape and size.
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Recipes

5- Minute Veggie Tacos
Chef Mad Coyote Joe enjoys these quick tacos during the summer months.  While you can add to them the basics include corn tortillas, avocado slices, tomatoes, onions, cheddar cheese, lettuce and salsa
Ancient Wheat Disk
Similar to a pita made with whole wheat flour, honey and yeast.
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Fish Tacos With Avocado And Tomatillo
Simmering rather than frying the fish keeps these fresh fish taco a healthy food option.  Use fresh, ripe California Hass avocados for the best flavor.
Flour Tortillas
Flour tortilla are a simple mixture of flour, fat (lard or vegetable shortening), salt and water. Despite what you may have read, flour tortillas are NOT made with a tortilla press.  The dough is too
Gyros
Use this specialty bread with your favorite gyro fillings.
Island Fish Tacos
Hawaiian-Mex fish tacos - tacos with a little Aloha!
Lisa Ahier's Killer Fish Tacos
These fresh and simple tacos are flavored with chipotles in adobo sauce with a quick fresh fruit salsa to contrast the heat.
Nopalitos Tacos (Tacos de Nopalitos)
Simple tacos made with potato, refried beans and nopalitos (cactus) strips.
Quick Chicken Mole Tacos
Pre-made mole paste is the secret to making these flavorful tacos in just minutes.  Substitute any left over meats for the chicken. This would work equally well with leftover pork loin or roast beef.
Shredded Beef for Tacos or Burritos
You can cook up fresh beef or use you left over roast.
Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage
Soft tacos are made with cooked shrimp are combined with tomato, onion, olives and Tabasco® sauce then served with a mixture of cabbage, crema and cilantro.
Smoked Chicken Tacos
Chicken thighs are smoked with mesquite chips then combined with onion, chiles and enchilada sauce served in warmed corn tortillas.
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Fresh crab is lightly sauted with garlic, onion, and Ortega brand salsa then served in warmed corn torillas.
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Tacos de Pescado
Sea Bass fillets are oven roasted in adobo powder, placed on warmed tortillas and  topped with guacamole, cucumber pico de gallo, and pickled cabbage
More Terms From This Category

Flat Breads
cazuela                                                                         Cazuela (cazuela )
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Chaptis Chaptis
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Corn tortillas Corn tortillas
Corn tortillas are flattened round disks made from corn which has been soaked ...
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A round cake (technically a bread) ranging from small to large, thick to thin typically eaten for breakfast or brunch. Pancake batter is made from wheat or buckwheat flour, eggs, sugar and vegetable oil and milk.
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