Gorditas with Roasted Mushrooms – Recipe

Gorditas with Roasted Mushrooms

Gorditas: thick, delicious homemade corn tortillas that are shallow fried then split and topped with whatever moves you. Close cousins to the arepa and the pupusa.

I’m not going to kid you, gorditas are a bit of a project. You have to make and shape the dough, then toast them on a dry skillet first, then fry them in a good bit of oil. This isn’t a weeknight meal unless you are some sort of superhero. But they make a fun weekend dinner, and if you have kids around you can get them involved in shaping the dough.

I based my dough recipe on one from Rick Bayless’ classic Authentic Mexican, but I omitted the wheat flour he calls for. I don’t know why, I just felt moved to leave it out so I did. Possibly the gluten from it would give you puffier gorditas, so I’ll try that next time.

You could of course use the roasted mushrooms here in something simpler, say tacos. We quarter them, keeping fairly large, toothsome bites, and oven roast to develop some flavor and get rid of excess water. Then the mushrooms are finished with a spiced tomato-paste mixture to create a bit of sauce.

Gorditas with Roasted Mushrooms – Recipe

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Yield: 14 gorditas, serves 6 as a main course (with a couple extra for the hungriest)

Gorditas with Roasted Mushrooms – Recipe

    For the roasted mushrooms
  • 2 1/2 pounds white button mushrooms, quartered lengthwise
  • Vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 white onion, small dice
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Pinch of cumin
  • Pinch of chili powder (chili de arbol if available)
  • For the gorditas
  • 3 1/2 cups masa harina
  • 2 cups hot tap water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil + more for pan frying
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • To serve, some or all of
  • Salsa of your choice
  • Crumbly Mexican cheese or feta
  • Stewed black beans
  • Pickled cabbage
  • Cilantro
    For the mushrooms
  1. Preheat oven to 450. Toss the mushrooms with a few tablespoons of oil and a generous sprinkle of salt. Divide among two baking sheets and roast, tossing occasionally, until the liquid comes out and evaporates and the mushrooms brown a little, about 40 minutes.
  2. Put 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, tomato paste, cumin, and chili powder. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are nicely coated, about 3 more minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  3. For the gorditas
  4. Stir and lightly knead together the masa harina and water. Let stand to hydrate for fifteen minutes. Knead in the oil, salt, and baking powder. You should have a supple, somewhat moist dough. If not, add a few more tablespoons of water.
  5. Divide the dough into 14 equal portions and roll them into balls. If you like to use a scale for portioning, they will be about 64 grams each. Flatten each ball into a circle, about 3 1/2" in diameter, and about 1/3" thick - you can use a tortilla press if you have one, or simply press between two thick plastic bags. Stack the uncooked gorditas between sheets of waxed paper.
  6. For the first cooking, heat a dry skillet or griddle to a medium temperature and, working in batches, cook each gordita for a total of 4 minutes, 2 on each side. They should be leathery and somewhat dried out on the outside.
  7. For the second cooking, heat enough oil in a large skillet to be more than 1/2 the thickness of a gordita. Aim for about 360 degrees - you don't want the oil smoking. Working in batches, fry the gorditas until golden brown, about 45 seconds on each side. Be very careful when flipping to avoid splashing hot oil on your hands! I find it safer to do with tongs than a spatula. Remove to paper towel-lined racks.
  8. To serve
  9. Allow the gorditas to cool enough to handle. If you so desire, use a paring knife to split in half or open up a pocket and stuff. Otherwise, just top with the mushrooms and your selections of the salsa, cheese, black beans, cabbage and cilantro.

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Posted by Michael Natkin on Monday, April 8th, 2013 in Gluten-Free or modifiable, Main Courses, Recipes, Vegan or Modifiable.

9 Responses to “Gorditas with Roasted Mushrooms – Recipe”

  1. Reply
    Tamara Sellman
    April 8, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    Michael, might the gorditas be made ahead and frozen then thawed as needed?

    • Reply
      April 8, 2013 at 7:41 am #

      I haven’t tried, but my suspicion is that you could take them through the griddle-baking step and then freeze them, then thaw and do the pan-frying when you want to serve. If you give it a go, let us know the results!

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      April 8, 2013 at 7:42 am #

      I haven’t tried, but my suspicion is that you could freeze them after the griddle-baking step, then defrost and pan-fry for service. If you give it a go, let us know how it works out!

  2. Reply
    April 8, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    Black beans, avocados, mushrooms…man, we are on the same page. This looks great! We have pupusas with loroco flowers on our short to-do list for sure. Check out our oven-fried avocado tacos: link to chubbyvegetarian.blogspot.com I think you’d like ’em.

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    Tamara Sellman
    April 8, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    Thanks, Michael, I’ll definitely give it a go, it makes sense to freeze after griddling but before frying. Could be a new quick snack option in a household of busy parents and teenagers, thanks!

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    Dana S.
    April 8, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Button mushrooms have fallen out of favor so much lately that I was surprised to see you use them. Any particular reason for that particular variety?

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      April 8, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      I think they are underrated; they taste great as long as you cook them enough to develop flavor. That said, this would be terrific with shiitakes as well.

  5. Reply
    April 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Ah! This makes me miss good Mexican food like no other. If there’s anything I could change about London…

  6. Reply
    April 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    There is a real warm feel to this dish.

    Makes me think of home cooking and being snuggled up by the fire. Will definitely be having a crack at making this over the weekend!

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