What is a tortilla? Well, it depends which type you’re talking about. Here’s our quick guide to both Mexican and Spanish tortillas, with recipes to try.


What is a Mexican tortilla?

In Mexico, a tortilla is a thin, unleavened flatbread made using corn or wheat.

Popular Mexican dishes that use tortillas include quesadillas, chimichangas, fajitas, enchiladas, tacos and burritos.

Tortilla (flatbread) recipes:

These steak and pepper tortillas are really easy to make, just make sure you have plenty of guacamole and soured cream, to serve.

For something a bit different, how about a breakfast burrito? Fill with spicy beans, a fresh tomato salsa and your favourite breakfast bits and bobs.

Or if you love seafood, go for these classic prawn tacos, the recipe also uses shopbought tortillas for speed.

See all our Mexican recipes.

What is a Spanish tortilla?

In Spain, tortilla refers to a type of omelette, usually made with egg, potato and onion. It is very thick and can also include other ingredients such as chorizo and mixed vegetables. Peppers can be a good choice too

Tortilla (omelette) recipes:

Tortilla – if you think of a Spanish tortilla, it’s probably this classic you imagine, plump and packed with potatoes.

Squash can work well in a tortilla, and you could make the most of it if it’s in season. Give this butternut squash and sweet potato tortilla a go.

Or, get that salty, cheesy tang – try this feta and pea rosti tortilla. Tastes great cold for a picnic or lunch, too.

See all our Spanish recipes.

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