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A Mexican soft unleavened bread made with maize flour. Fresh tortillas are eaten as bread, but the dough is often dried to make snack items - such as chips, now popular to scoop-up a dipping sauce.
When a fresh tortilla is rolled around shredded meat and mashed beans, in Mexico, it's known as a taco. While the same word in modern 'Tex-Mex' cooking is used to refer to a dried and crisp tortilla, bent into a U-shape and generally filled with minced beef or 'chili-con-carne, grated cheese and lettuce.