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  • Dough:
  • 2 cups (8 ounces by weight) masa harina
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (approximate)
  • Oil for frying (about a quart, or enough to be at least 1″ deep) like corn or peanut
  • Fillings (see above text for more ideas):
  • Cooked meat, shredded or chopped
  • Refried beans
  • Cheese and sour cream
  • Lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro


  1. In a large bowl, combine masa harina, baking powder, salt.
  2. Add oil and about 1 cup of water. Stir to combine. Add enough water to make a dough that sticks together into a ball, but not so much that it sticks to your hands.
  3. Divide dough into 4 pieces and pat each out to a circle about 4-5″ across and 1/2″ thick.
  4. Cook on a hot, dry skillet over medium-high heat for 1 1/2 minutes each side, or until lightly browned.
  5. Heat the oil to 360-375 degrees and place gorditas in the hot oil. After about 2 minutes, they will rise to the surface. Turn and cook another 30 seconds.
  6. Allow to cool and drain on paper.
  7. Split open along the side with a serrated knife. don’t cut yourself!
  8. Stuff with whatever you like and serve right away.

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