Tacos and Tortillas

RORY: We like tacos …

LORELAI: “With homemade tortillas, it elevates this fast finger food to the level of haute cuisine.”

A taco is a traditional Mexican food consisting of a small corn-based or what-based tortilla topped with a filling then folded around the filling, and eaten by hand.

Corn (maize) tortillas are a thin, unleavened flatbread that have been made in Mexico since prehistoric times, although it was the Spanish who gave them the name tortilla (“little cake”). The Nahuatl word for them is tlaxcalli, meaning “something baked”. Wheat-based tortillas developed in northern Mexico, and are often associated with California, since it was once part of the Mexican Empire. In North America, most tortillas are made from wheat.

Common taco fillings include beef, pork, chicken, seafood, beans, vegetables, and cheese, and they can be topped with condiments such as salsa, guacamole, or sour cream, and garnished with vegetables such as lettuce, onion, tomatoes, and chillies. The meaning and origin of the word taco has been much debated.

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