Gordita is a term of endearment meaning "little fat one" in Spanish. It also refers to a thick, fried tortilla. Here, we use masa harina (available in the Latin foods aisle at large supermarkets) to make fresh gorditas. In a pinch, you can use store-bought corn tortillas as a base for this delicious dish.
1 1/2 cups masa harina
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 3 1/3 ounces)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
Lightly spoon masa harina and flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine masa harina, flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add broth; stir just until moist. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 5 or 6 times.
Divide dough into 6 equal portions. Shape each portion into a ball. Press each ball into a 6-inch circle on a lightly floured surface (cover remaining balls to prevent drying). Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Place 1 gordita in pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove gordita from pan; cover and keep warm. Repeat the procedure with cooking spray and remaining gorditas.
Place beans in a bowl; mash with a fork to desired consistency. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beans; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in salsa verde; cook 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring frequently.
Combine avocado and lime juice; toss gently to coat. Spread about 1/4 cup bean mixture on each gordita; top with about 2 1/2 tablespoons Pork Carnitas and 2 teaspoons avocado mixture. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon onion and 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro over each serving. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.
We LOVED these. My husband remarked on their fresh, authentic taste. It was helpful to prepare the meat a day ahead, and I added cumin and bay leaves while cooking. Lovely and easy tortillas - something I'd never before attempted to make from scratch. Served with Mexican sodas and a tiny piece of Three Milk Cake for dessert. Delicious!
Very good. The homemade gorditas are essential and they were fairly easy to make. I followed the recipe except I forgot the lime juice in the pork carnitas - definitely would have been better with it. I served with CL southwestern confetti salad. I will definitely make again.
Delicious. On first reading it sounded undersized for the 6 servings recommended, but the gordita base is more filling than I expected. Flavor and texture are great, I served with green rice on the side & it was a tasty and satisfying dinner. Will definitely make this again.
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