mini gorditas

The Super Bowl weekend is almost here and it brings me so much joy. Mainly, I am joyous because it is one of those “holidays” where people get together to cook delicious meals to share with loved ones! The only sad part about this “holiday” is that unfortunately most of the meals at these gatherings include many meat products. Now, I know there is nothing wrong with this but it is a sad day for a vegetarian (whether it’s you or your guest) when the only thing to eat all day is chips and salsa. I love salsa, don’t get me wrong, but I love other things too.

However, I have solutions to help you prepare plenty of vegetarian friendly meals for you and your vegetarian friends this Super Bowl Weekend. If you look through my website you will find salsas, guacamole, salads, and other side dishes recipes. Today, I wanted to bring you another recipe as an option for a vegetarian appetizer: Mini-Gorditas. This recipe takes almost no time to prepare, it’s bite sized, can provide a full protein, and there are no mock meats or weird ingredients involved. Not to mention that these Gorditas are 100% Authentically Mexican.

Growing up, my mom would make gorditas from the masa scraps for tortillas. We would fill them up with random ingredients but my favorite has always been refried beans. For this recipe I wanted to make them bite sized as an appetizer but feel free to make them larger and serve them as a main dish too.

I hope you enjoy!

mini gorditas

Ingredients for Gorditas:
1/2 cup masa harina
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water

1 cup refried beans*
1 cup thinly sliced onions
1 lime
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup thinly sliced tomatoes
1/2 cup queso fresco, crumbled (omit for vegan)
Salsa or guacamole of your choice

- In a large bowl (or stand mixer) mix the masa harina, flour, salt, and baking powder.
- Slowly add the water allowing it all to incorporate into a lightly sticky dough. It should be a bit sticky and fluffy but should come together easily.
- Knead dough for about 5 minutes until you can form a very uniform ball.
- Separate the dough into 8 equal sized balls. They should be about the size of a plum.
- Press the balls into rounds that are about 2 inches in diameter (they will shrink and puff up when cooked).
- Using a comal (or skillet),under medium heat, cook each gordita on each side for approximately 2 minutes. Allowing each side to get small charred spots.
- Add the juice of 1 lime and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the thinly sliced onions and allow to pickle for at least1 hour.

To plate:
- Cut each gordita in half almost all the way through, leaving a small portion attached so that it holds the fillings.
- Fill each gordita with beans, tomatoes, and lime pickled onions.
- Add queso fresco if desired. You can omit this for a vegan version.
- I love to eat mine with salsa roja and guacamole.

That’s it! A very easy recipe that will make any vegetarian happy during your Super Bowl party! Feel free to add other ingredients if you are not vegetarian such as chorizo, carne asada, carnitas, etc.

mini gorditas


* I like to make my refried beans from scratch but you can use canned refried beans if you prefer.  If you do make sure to add cumin, black pepper, and a little bit of oregano to bring out a better flavor.


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