Gorditas Veracruzanas are a quick and easy meal I love to make as lunch or even dinner!
This is one of the easiest meals ever. These gorditas are very filling and very tasty! I learned how to make these years ago from a friend. My friend called them gorditas veracruzanas so that’s what I named this post. However I have seen them called other names like picadas and sopes.
When I first introduced to them I was served two different kinds. One had a red sauce as the filling and was topped with cheese. The other one was filled with salsa verde. They were both amazing! You can fill them with whatever you like so get creative!
These gorditas are also a super inexpensive meal. I used leftover refried beans the filling and then I topped it with shredded monterrey jack cheese. You can use the cheese of your choice.
For me this meal wouldn’t be complete without a little salsa. You can use a store bought salsa but nothing is better than homemade. Get my recipe for roasted habanero salsa here.
Thankfully my kids really like these. They kind of resemble mini pizzas so that may be why!
A tortilla press is needed for this recipe. Also needed are two circles or squares of plastic, plastic wrap, or wax paper. My husband just cuts out two circles from a plastic grocery bag. This is to prevent the masa from sticking to the tortilla press.
I make the gorditas just a bit thicker than if I were making tortillas. Then I heat them on a skillet over medium heat on both sides until they are cooked through. Some people prefer to fry them instead.
After cooking them transfer to a plate and let them cool slightly. Then pinch them around the edges so that they are raised. Fill them with the refried beans and top with cheese. I heat them in the microwave just enough to melt the cheese. Top with salsa if desired and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy this recipe 🙂
Gorditas Veracruzanas with Refried Beans
- Leftover refried beans
- shredded monterrey jack cheese
- 2 cups maseca
- 1 1/2 cup water
- salsa optional
combine maseca and water and mix with hands until thoroughly combined.
Form 10 balls of equal size with the masa dough.
Cover the inside of the tortillas press with two squares or circles of plastc or plastic wrap or wax paper.
Press the dough in the tortilla press it should be just a bit thicker than a tortilla.
Cook the gorditas either on a skillet over medium heat on both sides for a few minutes or by frying on both sides until golden brown.
Let the gorditas cool slightly. Then pinch the edges of the gorditas so that they are raised.
Fill gorditas with warmed up leftover refried beans.
Top with cheese and heat in microwave until cheese melts.
Top with salsa if desired and enjoy!