Tortillas, made from nixtamalized maize dough (masa), are circular and totally flat. They are an essential element of any Mexican meal, and they are used to make some of the most popularin , like tacos, , quesadillas, enchiladas, , totopos, enfrijoladas, and many other delicious . In modern times, the production of tortillas has expanded from just being made for the family at home to becoming such a necessity that tortillerias (tortilla shops) flourish throughout any city, no matter which part of the country you visit. Normally, they’re in full swing producing a great quantity of tortillas around the time people eat lunch, that is, around 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
Blue Corn Tortillas (CC photo by Ilhuicamina courtesy of Flickr)
Of course, the most delicious tortillas are hechas a mano (handmade). Although they’re more expensive, what you get is a little bit thicker and bigger tortilla with an excellent flavor. There are 2 basic colors of tortillas: azul (blue) and the regular ones, which are either amarillas or blancas (yellow or white). According to a recent study, tortillas made out of blue masa are healthier for those with diabetes. While the masa for yellow and white tortillas contains a substance that has an effect on the production of sugar, blue ones lack that component, which makes them a better option for those who suffer from diabetes.
Tortillas (CC photo by juanpablo torres courtesy of flickr)
But please, don’t get me wrong when I say that blue tortillas are healthier than the others. While they might be a better option for some people, the yellow and white tortillas are just as good and don’t cause any harm at all.
At any rate, tortillas are the perfect complement to our meals. We miss tortillas when we don’t have them, and many of us can proudly say that a meal is not complete without tortillas.
Posted by Magdiel