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Gorditas Recipe with Maseca

Today, I’m going to show you how to make this easy gorditas recipe with Maseca (also known as masa harina or instant corn masa flour). Gorditas are an easy recipe that you can make in just 30 minutes! Make some delicious gorditas de chicharron by stuffing the gorditas with these pork cracklins in a green salsa.

Gorditas recipe with maseca on a white plate.

Gorditas are made from corn masa flour which is also what tortillas are made from.

However, gorditas are made a little thicker than tortillas because they are opened up and stuffed with delicious fillings.

Gorditas are very similar to pupusas and arepas.

You can read about the similarities and differences of the three here.

There are so many different ways to make gorditas. Some cook them on a skillet instead of frying.

I like them fried because well, what isn’t better fried?

What can you fill gorditas with?

There are a variety of options when it comes to choosing what to fill gorditas with. For breakfast gorditas, fill them with chorizo and eggs, ham and eggs or huevos con salchicha (eggs and hot dogs).

For dinner, they can be filled with yummy leftovers such as carnitas or barbacoa.

How to make gorditas with Maseca

You need a bag of Maseca or another brand of masa harina.

I used the yellow one because I think the flavor is better.

But you can totally use the regular white bag if you prefer.

In a large bowl add two cups of maseca, half a teaspoon of salt and 1 3/4 cup of water. With your hand mix everything together thoroughly.

bag of maseca

One the dough is mixed well roll it into about 8 or 9 equal sized balls.

masa rolled into balls

In order to flatten the balls you can use a tortilla press or a heavy bottomed pot.

What I did this time was cut the sides of a ziploc bag and put the masa ball in it. Then I used a pot to flatten it.

Don’t flatten it to much. It shouldn’t be as thin as a tortilla. They’re called gorditas because they’re thicker.

flattened masa ball for gorditas

In a cast iron skillet heat up enough oil for frying. Once hot fry the gorditas one at a time.

The gorditas will begin to puff after about a minute. Fry the other side until it turns a nice golden color.

Frying Maseca gorditas.

Once fried transfer them to a paper towel lined sheet to drain.

Let them cool enough so that you don’t burn yourself when you hold them.

Once they’ve cooled down cut them open down the middle with a knife.

You have to be very careful when doing this or you could tear them open.

Now fill them with your favorite filling! The one below is filled with leftover pinto beans.

The others are filled with a delicious spicy tuna filling that I also used for these tuna tacos!

Maseca gordita sliced open.

What else can you make with masa harina?

Masa harina is a staple in my kitchen. I’m never without it.

It is used to make many different delicious foods and even beverages.

Some of my favorite Maseca recipes include masa dumplings, picaditas and strawberry atole.

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Maseca gorditas (Gorditas de Maseca)

This super easy gorditas recipe with Maseca is an excellent way to transform leftover potatoes or shredded meat into a new dish.

I hope you give this recipe a try and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Let me know what you think of it in the comments below.

Gorditas made with Maseca filled with a spicy tuna mixture.
3.96 from 50 votes

Gorditas Recipe with Maseca

Gorditas are the perfect way to transform leftovers such as beans, chicken and much more!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword gorditas recipe, how to make gorditas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 104 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 2 cups Maseca
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup water


  1. In a large bowl combine the Maseca, salt and water. Mix together thoroughly with hands.

  2. Form the dough into about 8 or 9 equal sized balls.

  3. Flatten the balls one at a time using a tortilla press or a heavy bottomed pot and 2 squares of plastic such as a ziploc bag cut down the sides. Don’t flatten too much. It should be thicker than a tortilla.

  4. Heat up enough oil for frying in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once hot fry the gorditas one at a time. Once the gordita puffs turn to the other side and continue to fry until it turns a nice golden color.

  5. Transfer fried gorditas to a paper towel lined sheet to drain.

  6. Let gorditas cool for about 5 minutes or so until they are cool enough to touch without burning yourself.

  7. Very carefully open the gorditas in the middle with a knife. Carefully stuff with the filling of your choosing.

  8. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Gorditas Recipe with Maseca
Amount Per Serving
Calories 104 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 149mg6%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe Rating

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Debbie Toscano

Wednesday 30th of August 2023

Love this recipe trying it for the first timesimple and easy


Friday 29th of September 2023

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Irma Tamez

Monday 4th of April 2022

I want a recipe for gorditas de Manteca using fresh corn masa,not masa harina!

Danielle perez

Friday 3rd of December 2021

Excited to give this a try.

Angela Rodriguez

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

Awesome thank you!

nickie depena

Wednesday 8th of September 2021

looks delicious, i'm going to make them ,i'll let you know how they turned out.gracias

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