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Gorditas stuffed with carne asada lettuce and cheese
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5 from 58 votes

How to Make Gorditas

Making Mexican Gorditas at home is a lot easier than you think. These corn dough cakes are made of masa harina and stuffed with a yummy filling.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time24 minutes
Total Time44 minutes
Course: Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 170kcal



  • In a large bowl, add masa harina, baking powder, salt.
  • Mix and add half the water.
  • Continue mixing.
  • Add 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil.
  • Mix again and gradually add the remaining water until a soft dough forms.
  • The dough will resemble wet sand.
  • Cover with plastic wrap for 10 minutes.
  • With wet hands, roll out 6 masa balls the size of a baseball.
  • Gently pat the balls to form the gorditas.
  • If the edges crack, smooth out by rubbing water over the ends.
  • Place on a plate and cover while you form the rest of the gorditas.

Frying Method:

  • Heat ¼ cup oil in a skillet.
  • Fry the gorditas for 2 minutes on each side.
  • Set on a paper towel to drain any excess fat.

Griddle Method:

  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil on a griddle.
  • Cook gordita for 2 minutes on each side.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut in half to make a pocket.
  • Add fillings.
  • Enjoy.



Keep a bowl of water next to your masa as you form the gorditas. Wet your hands. This will help form them. 
If your edges are uneven, wet your hands and rub the masa until the ends are smooth.


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 3mg