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How to Make Gorditas


Hi everyone! Today I’m going to show you how to make gorditas!

What exactly are gorditas you may ask?

Well, in English gorditas translates to “little fatties”.

I know, it’s pretty funny!

They are made from corn masa flour which is also what tortillas and pupusas are made from.

However, gorditas are a little fatter than tortillas.

So not only do they have a cute name but they also taste amazing!

gorditas recipe

Gorditas are easy to make and can be filled with whatever you choose.

I like to fill them with leftover pinto beans and salsa.

Mexican picadillo also works as an amazing filling for gorditas.

Hmmm they’re so good!

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?

I have another recipe on my blog for gorditas Veracruz style.

Veracruz is where my husband is from and these gorditas are a little different as they aren’t fried but cooked on a skillet and topped with the toppings of your choosing.

How to Make Gorditas Steps

You need a bag of Maseca.

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

But you can totally use the regular one of 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 gordita

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 beans.

gordita sliced open

These ones are filled with a delicious spicy tuna filling!

I’m gonna have to post the recipe soon it’s delicious!

gorditas filled with a spicy tuna mixture

Well that’s it for today guys. They’re so easy you should definitely give them a try.

Don’t forget to join the Latin American Foodies Facebook group where you can share photos and recipes of the delicious food you make at home!

Thanks for reading!

4.41 from 30 votes

How to Make Gorditas

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

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 104 kcal


  • 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
How to Make Gorditas
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.
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Danielle perez

Friday 3rd of December 2021

Excited to give this a try.

Angela Rodriguez

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

Awesome thank you!

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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


Tuesday 7th of September 2021

Omg thank you for posting this recipe for lil fatties (Gorditas). 90%of Mexican restaurants don’t serve them like you’ve made them. Its disappointing . I was raised with this version. I am so happy I found it. Thank you so much

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