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Homemade Mexican Gorditas

Classic Mexican street food with cornbread and a delicious filling: Gorditas Recipe!

May 16, 2022
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 10 mins
Total 15 mins



  1. Combine masa harina, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Use a whisk or similar tool to make sure there are no lumps in the powder and that they are all well mixed.
  2. Add the oil and water to the mixture. Stir the mixture well to make sure it is well combined. Then add enough water to make a dough that sticks together in the shape of a ball without adding too much that it doesn't stick to your hands.
  3. Divide the dough into four parts and roll each into a circle about 4-5 inch wide. Press down with a tortilla press or baking dish so that the meatballs are about ½ inch thick. Make sure the patties are roughly the same size, as this will allow you to fill them more easily and evenly.
  4. Cook them in a hot, dry skillet over medium-high heat. Cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side.
  5. Heat the oil you are using in a large, high-sided skillet with a thick bottom. Ideally, you would use a crock pot for this, but if you don't have one, a similarly shaped skillet will work just fine. Heat the oil to 360-375 °F and place the gorditas in it.After about two minutes, they should float to the surface as carbon dioxide is produced in them.
  6. While floating, flip with tongs and cook for another 30 seconds.
  7. Remove each gordita from the hot oil, and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to cool and drain. You may need to change the paper towels once when they are fried so you can get the maximum amount of oil out of them.
  8. Cut them off the sides with a serrated knife.
  9. Fill the gorditas with the filling of your choice and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Gorditas
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.4 g15.9%
Cholesterol 18 mg6%
Sodium 501 mg21.8%
Protein 9.7 g19.4%
Potassium 507 mg10.8%
Potassium 507 mg10.8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Make sure to use baking powder instead of baking soda. The baking powder activates in the presence of the liquid this recipe has. But baking soda adds acidity to this recipe.
  • To activate the baking powder in this recipe, you need to add an ingredient like lemon juice or buttermilk. This acidic content allows it to work well. However, the added liquid probably won't be good for the final meal, so we recommend making sure you only use baking powder.
  • Use a tortilla press when flattening masa harina. If you don't have a tortilla press, you can use pyrex.
  • If the gordita does not rise, press down on the middle and sides of the gordita with the spatula.
  • Use the bowl or cookie cutter to round the Gordita dough.
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Gorditas are a snack made from masa harina dough and filled with various fillings. Gorditas are traditionally grilled or deep fried. You can fill these Gorditas, which you can easily prepare at home, with the ingredients you want.

You can prepare Mexican Gorditas as gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan. Serve this Homemade Gorditas warm with salsa or cream.

What Are Gorditas?

Gordita is a Mexican dish that is essentially a small dumpling fried until crispy and light. It is then cut and filled with beans, cheese, meat, or any other filling. Serve it hot with cream or salsa.

What Is the Difference Between Gorditas, Pupusas, Arepas, and Sopes?

The truth is, many of these foods are very similar to each other. The simplest way to explain the differences would be to go over each of them. Since we already have the definition of a gordita above, let’s talk about pupusas.

Pupusas are a very thick type of flatbread that is cooked on the grill. They are usually served with dips and sauces. They are eaten in the same way as naan bread is eaten when eating curry.

Arepa is extremely similar to gordita. The difference between them is that gorditas are leavened. This means that they contain baking soda, which helps them rise during baking. Conversely, an arepa does not contain baking powder, baking soda, or yeast, so they are flatter and denser. They are usually cut and stuffed like gorditas.

Sope is a simple dish made from a fried base (made from masa) topped with various fillings and sauces. The difference between this and the other options is that they are not stuffed like arepas and gorditas. It is also hard and somewhat brittle, whereas pupusas are soft and pliable.

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