Appetizers and Side dishes — By Ben on 12 March 2009
Gorditas de Papa

I have mentioned before that I am not religious, but this Lent season I have challenged myself to make more meatless dinners. Like my friend Peter would say, I will never go “veg”, I don’t wanna go “veg”. I love meat too much, but it is always good to eat less meat for many reasons, right?

So here I present another meatless dinner perfect for Lent, gorditas de papa (potato corn cakes) Forget everything you have learned about Mexican food from Taco Bell. I know they have an item called gordita in their menu, but it doesn’t come even close to Mexican gorditas. Gorditas are a kind of fritangas (fried street food) found everywhere in the streets of  Mexican cities and towns.

Gorditas are made with corn flour (the same kind used to make corn tortillas), they are stuffed with different ingredients and fried. After being cooked, they are opened and stuffed with lettuce, salsa, cheese, sour cream and chopped onion.The most common kind are gorditas de chicharron (pork skin), but for these gorditas I used mashed potatoes and pinto beans (for proteins) and stuffed them with chopped onions, sour cream, cheese, cabbage and salsa verde.

To prepare them just hydrate the corn flour following the instructions in the package. Make several masa balls and flatten them with your hands. Spoon some mashed potatoes and beans and close the gordita. Fry them in hot canola or vegetable oil for about 5 minutes per side. Open them up using a table knife and stuffed them with lettuce, cream, cheese, salsa, etc. and enjoy this authentic Mexican fast food.

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(16) Readers Comments

  1. Don’t know why I’ve never been able to bring myself to order these at my favorite Mexican place (maybe I’m stuck in a rut). Your give me the urge not just to eat them but to make them. Love that potato and beans! Many thanks.

  2. Thanks for reminding us Taco Bell does not qualify as true Mexican cuisine. These gorditas are far better than what we’ve seen on TB’s commercials. Much, much better.

  3. These sound so yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Streetfood…….non, no this is street cuisine!!! I imafine eating this hot with the cold stuffing inside. Just geat!!!!

  5. OMG! I’ve died and gone to heaven…these look so delicious! I love these Ben!

  6. That looks delicious Ben! I’ve never tried taco bell to be honest… Not even sure if they exist in Holland!! I do cook vegetarian on occasion as well, so this is perfect. Love the photos too!

  7. Hi Ben, this looks very yummy! I have to see where I can buy these packs. I have having fun playing and trial & error in the playground.

  8. I am vegetarian, so these are perfect for us. This is something I haven’t seen so far and it has me interested.
    When you say hydrate the corn flour, do you mean make a dough by adding water and salt? I get fine corn flour here (no instructions on packages!) which we use to make rotis/ chappathis.
    Thanks, Ben.

  9. I’m liking how the pork skin gorditas sound. Sad to say that the only gorditas I’ve ever had are from taco bell :(

  10. Looks and sounds yummy!! But I don’t think my fiance can just eat this alone, he insists on having meat every meal!

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