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Gorditas Recipe with Maseca

  • Author: maxinedubois
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


These Gorditas Recipe with Maseca are made with two ingredients: Masa Harina, or Maseca, and hot water, blended and cooked on the griddle. 


  • 2 cups of Maseca or Masa Harina
  • 1 1/2 cups of hot water
  • Optional: 1-2 tablespoon vegetable oil


  1. Boil about 3 cups of water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of maseca and 1 1/2 cup of hot water. Begin working the masa with your hands. It should have the texture of peanut butter. If it is too soggy, add flour. If it is too dry, add water (this is why we boiled more water). Make a ball of dough with your hands and with your hand start molding the masa to make a saucer shape the size of the palm of your hand, about 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Heat a skillet of oil on medium high heat, and cook the Gorditas until they are browned and crispy, about 3 minutes on each side. Lower the heat to low and cook until the inside is cooked through, about 7-9 minutes on each side. It could be more time depending on how thick it is. 
  4. Split the Gordita open with a knife and stuff with beef, cheese, beans, or whatever you might want. 


  • Keep flipping so they don't burn.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: Mexican