Tortilla de rescoldo
Making tortillas de rescoldo
Place of originChile,[1] Argentina[citation needed]
Main ingredientsWheat flour

Tortilla de rescoldo or ember tortilla is a traditional Chilean[1] and Northern Argentine[citation needed] flatbread, often unleavened, that was commonly prepared by rural travelers.[1] It consists of a wheat-flour-based bread, traditionally baked in the coals of a campfire or fireplace.[2] It is common street food in populated areas or along roadways and sold by palomitas (little doves).[2][3]


The bread dates Spanish colonizers, who used it as a travel ration similar to pan subcinerario.[4]

Vendors known as palomitas, typically women dressed all in white, sell the tortillas in train stations and other public areas, especially in Antihue and Laraquete.[4]


Typical ingredients are flour; lard, butter, vegetable shortening, or a combination; and salt; some recipes include baking soda or yeast.[4][5]

Preparation and serving

Ingredients are mixed to create a soft dough which is formed into disks varying from 20 centimetres (7.9 in) to 50 centimetres (20 in) in diameter.[4] Embers are raked from the fire and the tortillas placed directly onto them.[6]

Tortillas de rescoldo are served with butter or regional condiments.[4]


The finished tortillas are characterized by strong flavors of smoke, ash, and char.[4]


Regional variations include those of Antihue, which include pork, and of Laraquete which is made chuchitas, a local shellfish.[2][4]


Government safety regulations prevent the sale of traditional tortillas de rescoldo, requiring them to be cooked in ovens rather than on open fires and requiring the chuchitas to be preserved in vinegar. Both regulations profoundly change the taste and sensory experience of the traditional product.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Maria Baez Kijac (1 January 2003). The South American Table: The Flavor and Soul of Authentic Home Cooking from Patagonia to Rio de Janeiro, with 450 Recipes. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 103–. ISBN 1-55832-248-5.
  2. ^ a b c "Tortilla de rescoldo". Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  3. ^ Umaña-Murray, Mirtha (1996). Three generations of Chilean cuisine. Los Angeles: Lowell House. p. 190. ISBN 1-56565-467-6. OCLC 35249500.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Tortilla de rescoldo - Arca del Gusto". Slow Food Foundation. Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  5. ^ "¿Cómo hacer Tortilla de Rescoldo a las Brasas?". Gourmet. 2021-09-02. Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  6. ^ Joelson, Daniel (2004). Tasting Chile : a celebration of authentic Chilean foods and wines. New York: Hippocrene Books. pp. 190–191. ISBN 0-7818-1028-0. OCLC 55940411.

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