What is the difference between corn and flour tortillas?
Tortillas are a delectably yummy staple in Mexican cuisine. They are a fundamental part of so many delicious Mexican dishes, from tacos to burritos to quesadillas to enchiladas, tortilla chips, fajitas, oh the list goes on and on!
There are two main types of tortilla that can be used in Mexican recipes- corn and flour tortillas. There are differences between the two types and choosing between corn and flour could make or break your Mexican-inspired meal. The major difference between corn and flour tortillas are the main ingredient; the main ingredient in corn tortillas is corn, while the main ingredient in flour tortillas is wheat flour.
Corn tortillas are seen as more authentic to Mexican dishes, corn has been a staple ingredient in Mexican cooking for thousands of years. Wheat, on the other hand, has only been around since the Spanish brought the crop with them when they arrived in the Americas. Corn tortillas are found all over Mexico and Central America while flour tortillas are generally only found in the northern part of Mexico and the USA, where they are a popular part of Tex-Mex cuisine.
Corn tortillas are yellow in color and tend to be smaller than flour tortillas, which are much whiter in color. Flour tortillas are simply made from flour, a pinch of salt and water. Corn tortillas are a little more complex, being made from Masa Harina which is a mixture of finely ground corn flour (also known as maize), and lime (calcium hydroxide).
So, who wins in the Corn vs. flour tortilla battle? Corn tortillas do offer many more health benefits than flour tortillas, it all just boils down to which taste and style you like the most! Whichever one it is, enjoy them!