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!
Gorditas are made from corn masa flour which is also what tortillas and pupusas are made from. However, gorditas are a little fatter than tortillas because they are opened up and stuffed with delicious fillings.
So not only do they have a cute name but they also taste amazing!
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?
Gorditas can be filled with many of your favorite fillings such as
How to Make Gorditas
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 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.
One the dough is mixed well roll it into about 8 or 9 equal sized 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.
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.
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!
What else can you make with masa harina?
Masa harina is used to make many different delicious foods and even beverages. Here are some examples:
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How to Make Gorditas
Gorditas are the perfect way to transform leftovers such as beans, chicken and much more!
- 2 cups Maseca
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 3/4 cup water
In a large bowl combine the Maseca, salt and water. Mix together thoroughly with hands.
Form the dough into about 8 or 9 equal sized balls.
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.
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.
Transfer fried gorditas to a paper towel lined sheet to drain.
Let gorditas cool for about 5 minutes or so until they are cool enough to touch without burning yourself.
Very carefully open the gorditas in the middle with a knife. Carefully stuff with the filling of your choosing.
Serve and enjoy!