2 plastic sheets + a heavy dish or a tortilla press
comal or griddle
3cupsMaseca masa harina
2 ¼cupwater(and more if needed)
Place Maseca masa harina and a good pinch of salt in a mixing bowl.
Add water and integrate everything with your hands.
Knead until you will have a dough with a manageable texture that doesn’t stick to your hands and the texture resembles play dough.
Divide the masa into 12 portions and keep them aside covered with a damp kitchen towel.
Heat a comal or a skillet over medium heat.
Moist your hands with water and roll one dough portion into a ball.
Place the masa ball between two plastic sheets.
With a heavy dish, flatten it into a thick tortilla about 4.5″/11.5cm in circumference (you can also use a tortilla press).
Take the gordita, peel one of the sheets, then place it in your hand and peel the other sheet.
Carefully lay the gordita on the hot griddle and cook for about 1 minute and a half.
Flip it and cook for 1-2 more minutes or until you'll see some dark spots appears.
Shape and cook as many gorditas fit in your griddle.
As soon as you remove the cooked gorditas from the griddle, cut a slit in the side of each one to create the pocket that will contain the stuffings.
Place them between a kitchen towel to keep them warm.
Once done with the dough, stuff your gorditas with your favorite fillings (picadillo, chicharron, cheese, refried beans, etc).
You can now place them in the hot griddle again so they will warm up with the food inside, or just serve them right away.
Keep a small bowl of water next to your working area and use it to keep your hands moist when managing the dough.
Gorditas need to be hot when you cut them to make the pocket.
Start by making 1-2 pieces at a time, then as you perfect the recipe, make as many as they fit in your griddle.
Pay attention to the temperature of your griddle, if it’s too hot, the corn cake will burn the outside but the inside will be raw. If it’s just warm it will take too long to cook and the dough will dry out.
Read the post for ideas and recipes for filling your gorditas.