In a large bowl, add masa harina, baking powder, salt.
Mix and add half the water.
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.