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Oil-Free Gorditas

  • Author: Brand New Vegan
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 5 Gorditas 1x
  • Category: Main, Beans, Breads
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan


Looking for something gluten-free and FUN? Try the Oil-Free Gorditas! These chubby little stuffed tortillas are handy when you're on the go!


Units Scale


  • 15 oz can refried beans
  • 15 oz can pinto beans
  • 1/4 cup salsa

Queso Fresco

  • 14 oz package extra-firm tofu
  • 2 Tbs freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


  • 2 cups Maseca Amarillo
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup very warm water


  1. Prepare Queso Fresco by pressing the tofu until very dry, then crumbling into a container.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.  Store in refrigerator until needed. 
  2. Prepare filling by heating refried beans and salsa until bubbly.  Rinse and drain pinto beans and stir them in.  Simmer until heated through -  then set aside. 
  3. Chop and dice any garnish you may be using.  Set aside.
  4. Add 2 cups of maseca to a large bowl along with 1/2 tsp salt and mix. 
  5. Slowly add the warm water, a little at a time, and using your hands, mix to form a soft, pliable dough.
  6. Knead and mix until flour is fully hydrated and smooth, then cover and let rest 15 minutes. 
  7. Form 5 equally sized balls of dough roughly 90g each. 
  8. Flatten each ball to form a smooth round disk
  9. Cook each gordita for 4-5 minutes per side, flipping often. 
  10. Keep warm while cooking the remaining gorditas.
  11. Cut a slit into each gordita and stuff with filling and garnishes. 

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