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Monday, November 26, 2012


I had the opportunity to hang out with my sister-in-law a couple weeks ago.  Susie is an amazing cook, she is one of those cooks that doesn't use written recipes but miraculously everything comes out delicious every time.  Her specialty is Mexican Cooking, down home authentic Mexican Cooking.  I just drool thinking about her dishes.   

On this day she had planned on making Gorditas. If you are unfamiliar with Gorditas, you are ever so missing out.  Gorditas roughly translated from Spanish to English means "fat little ones".   It's little puffed dough rounds filled with spicy meat.  There are so many different fillings but today we made Chile Colorado. (meat with red sauce). 


Now that I have your attention, lol.

For the Dough:
3 and 1/2 cups of Maseca or masa harina (corn flour)
1 cup all purpose flour 
4 tbs lard
2 tsps baking powder
1 and  1/2 tsps salt
2 and 1/4 cup hot water

Mix the dry ingredients and then cut the lard in with a knife or a pastry cutter. Add water to make a dough that can be easily handled. 
Shape into balls about 1 inch diameter. 

Roll into rounds about 1/8 inch thick.  Don't you just love the little rolling pin.  These are just perfect for rolling out tortillas or these gorditas.  I have one also and it's my go to rolling pin.

Let rest for a few minutes while heating up a cast iron skillet or griddle. Fry the dough rounds until brown spots appear like a tortilla, turning once.   May use just a little bit of oil if necessary.  Let cool then drop into 350 degree oil and deep fry for 15-20 seconds until puffed and golden. Place on cooling rack.

Split open the top of the little gordita pocket and fill with yummy goodness.  

Chile Colorado Filling:
aka Yummy Goodness

1-8 oz bag of dried red chile
2 lbs of beef cut into 1 inch cubes
meat tenderizer
2 garlic cloves
1 1/2 tsp Mexican Oregano
Salt to taste

Snap off stems of red chile and shake out seeds. Wash well and place in large saucepan. 

Cover with water and cook until  chiles are soft about  30 minutes on medium heat.

Meanwhile place beef cubes in a deep skillet,sprinkle meat tenderizer, cover and cook until tender.  Remove lid and continue cooking until brown.

Remove the chiles and place in a blender, add garlic, oregano and a little salt. 

Blend well making the most awesome fresh red sauce.  

Sprinkle a little flour over the browned meat and add red sauce.

Continue to cook over low heat until thick and bubbly.

Spoon meat into prepared Gordita pockets. 
Add shredded lettuce and chopped tomato.  Serve with Mexican Rice and refried beans.  

Oh, have another look at my plate:)


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    1. Thanks for linking up at my Pin Me Linky Party. I hope you come visit & link again. The party starts tomorrow at 8am CST.


  2. Looks delicious! Mexican food always gets my attention. Can't wait to try this one.

  3. So yummy looking - I want some right now!!

  4. I have never had gorditas Evelyn but they certainly look delicious! Thanks for sharing on Creative Monday and have a good day.

  5. These looks so delicious! There used to be a real Mexican market/deli near where we lived that had the most wonderful Gorditas and I have never had them any where else so I will definitely have to try and make some myself. Thank you!!

  6. Seriously, how could that not be good? I like too that you don't shy away from heat. Bring on the chiles!

  7. Your plate most definitely got my attention. Everything looks delicious. I'm loving the deep color of the red sauce. And wishing I would have had this for supper. Thank you for sharing, Evelyn!

  8. I'm pretty tired of looking at (and eating) turkey, so this was a very welcome and yummy sounding post. I appreciate the turkey relief and the sharing in the GRAND Social! Cheers!

  9. What the what?! Where was my invite? ;) Totally pinning and making ... When I lived in the Midwest, we had an authentic Mexican restaurant - a little hole in the wall type place - and I *loved* their gorditas. They were just like this!! Thank you so much for sharing <3

    1. Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I can't wait to see what you share this week, Evelyn!

  10. Love your new look Evelyn! And, I love the look of these Gorditas! Pinning to surprise Mr. B with this for dinner soon! Thanks for sharing this at the party this week too! I am also featuring this recipe on my Facebook page :-)

  11. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing, this looks like something I'd love to eat... I'll have to make it!

  12. Thanks for following my blog and now following you too ! looking forward to reading your posts.

    i wish everything i made turned out.i love chilli this looks so yummy..
    haugs xo

  13. hi. i'm following the GFC blog hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

    new follower bev

  14. Oh yum - they look sooooo good!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  15. Well these look amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  16. Wow! This looks delicious. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party/

  17. Oh yum, those look great! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  18. I love gorditas! Thank you for a wonderful recipe that I hope to tackle!

  19. Makes my mouth water! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  20. The Gorditas look very interesting, Evelyn. Nice to meet you through This Gal Cooks

  21. Stopping by from A Lovely Blog Hop and wanted to say hi!

    Those gorditas look awesome!

    Your Newest Follower
    Misfit Librarian

  22. Oh my....those look delicious!!! Love the recipe! I also wanted to tell you how wonderful the blog looks, I LOVE your make-over! Absolutely beautiful!

  23. oh my fried this looks sooo good! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Hop. xo

  24. LOL..I am laugh so hard right now I wrote my know I meant friend...LOL

  25. Ok, you totally had my attention! It looks amazing and I keep looking and looking at it! I love this recipe, I can't wait to try it. I can't wait to try a new way to use the masa, we've only used it for tamales. Thanks you SOO much for sharing!

  26. oh wow these look amazing. yum.

    Aloha Sweet Friend,
    We are gathering for An Aloha Affair , a sweet sort of mingling and sharing and growing together. I would so love it if you'd join us. You will always be welcome, anytime. Save ya a seat?...


  27. Love your blog! Following from the Weekend Potluck @ The Better Baker! =)
    Have a great weekend!

  28. YUM Evelyn! I love gorditas but have never had a homemade one. This looks and smells delicious. Pass the hot sauce please! Thanks for sharing this with Share Your Cup.

  29. Learned about gorditas today! They are new to me but sounds delicious! Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

  30. I can't wait to try these!! Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  31. Can you corral that RV up to Iowa and teach me how to cook? :D Thanks for sharing on beColorful.

  32. This looks even better than you would see it at a restaurant. Craving this so bad right now :)
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza! Hope to see you there again this week!

  33. Oh, now I'm hungry!! This looks fantastic :)

    Thanks for partying with us @ Keep Calm & Link Up! Have an awesome week :)
    xo, Meredith @

  34. I love that all of this is homemade from the gorditas to the colorado sauce. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

  35. That looks so good! Favorite food group too Mexican food ;) Thanks for linking with me.

  36. You are so talented!! Thank you for sharing! We hope you will come back this week! Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. This weeks party starts at 12:01AM on Wednesday and runs through Sunday night. Have a great week.
    Debi, Joye and Myrna (The Busy Bee's), Linda (Two Succulent Sisters)

  37. This looks so amazing. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. This weeks party is live. I hope to see you there.
    Debi, Joye and Myrna (The Busy Bee's)


Thank you so much for your sweet comments:)))