While tortillas are a staple of Latin cuisine, people in the United States commonly use them as a bread alternative such as for making turkey wraps. Commercially produced tortillas are typically made using flour and vegetable shortening such as soybean oil. The number of calories a tortilla has depends on the type of flour it uses and on the size of the tortilla.
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In northern Mexico and in much of the United States, tortillas are often made with all-purpose flour. A 49-gram, 7- or 8-inch flour tortilla typically contains 147 calories, 25 grams of carbohydrate and 1 gram of fiber. Tortillas made with whole-wheat flour provide slightly fewer calories. A 41-gram, 7- or 8-inch whole-wheat flour tortilla contains about 130 calories, 19 grams of carbohydrate and 4 grams of fiber. Corn tortillas made with corn flour have a firmer, chewier texture than those made from all-purpose or wheat flour. A 24-gram corn tortilla has about 52 calories, 11 grams of carbohydrate and 1.5 grams of fiber.