Mexican Gorditas

Mexican Gorditas

Jalisco, Mexico


What are Gorditas? The term Gordita means “chubby” so essentially, gorditas are thick corn tortillas that have a pocket in the middle. Made for stuffing with delicious Mexican fillings, preferably on the spicy side if you ask me. These are real, authentic, homemade gorditas just like a Mexican Mom would teach you to make! These delicious thick corn tortillas stuffed with a savory filling, can be found  in Mexico being sold at fairs, markets, street food stands and definitely can be made at home. The possibilities are endless with this recipe. So let’s get to it.


  • 2 cups masa harina (corn flour)
  • 1 3/4 cups to 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Mix together masa harina, water and salt to create a dough
  • Roll the dough into 16 little balls
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat
  • Lightly flatten a masa ball in between two sheets of plastic wrap using a tortilla press or a flat pan
  • Make sure not to press it down too much as it will become too thin like a normal corn tortilla
  • You want it about twice as thick as a normal tortilla
  • Remove the flattened masa from the plastic wrap and place it on the hot griddle
  • Let it cook for about 10 to 15 seconds
  • Flip it over and let that side cook for another 10 to 15 seconds
  • Flip it over one more time and cook each side for about 1 minute until it has beautiful brown spots
  • At this point, you should notice that the gordita inflates a little bit and starts to bubble up in the middle or the sides
  • This is exactly what you want
  • Lightly press down on the sides of the gordita with a spatula or other utensil to help it inflate even more
  • Remove it from the griddle, place it on a plate and cover it with a kitchen towel
  • As soon as you can handle and hold the gordita, use a butter knife to cut a slit down the edge of one side
  • The gordita should open up and create a pocket

Fill the gorditas with your choice of beans, meat, and cheese. Served warm with crema, salsa and cilantro.

Some common fillings include:

  • Refried beans and cheese
  • Chile verde (tender pork in a green chile sauce)
  • Chorizo and eggs
  • Picadillo (a ground beef and potato mixture)
  • Papas con chile (tender diced potatoes stewed in a green chile sauce)
  • Barbacoa
  • Birria




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