At the time of the Spanish conquest, the Mexica or the Aztec,
as they were commonly called, were the dominant people in
Meso-America in 1519.
In their search for gold, the Spanish conquerors found a
strange and gorgeous civilization in the Aztec and to their
delight the most unusual of its glories was its food.
Tortillas, or "tlaxcallim", were the principal
food of the ancient Aztecs. Flour tortillas were created when
the Spanish brought wheat to the New World. (Corn tortillas
date back thousands of years before Christ.)
Mexican cooking starts now as in the Aztec days with tortillas,
the "bread of Mexico" and only those who have tasted
them hot off the griddle know how good tortillas can be.
Tortillas can be used as plates, forks and spoons. Dip them
into stews and use torn-off pieces to scoop up sauces. They
can be eaten plain or with butter, beans or meat, chili or
sauces…almost any kind of food that is not too liquid
can be placed on a tortilla…the "bread of Mexico"!
Flour tortillas are a low-fat food and contain iron along
with other B vitamins. They have about 115 calories with 2
to 3 grams of fat per serving.