Gorditas are "fat" little cakes made from masa that have been either baked or fried. These little snacks are served with a variety of toppings including cheese (con queso) or in this recipe, chile colorado. Gorditas / Sopes Press
These little cakes are traditionally formed by hand but there is a special tool to help the job go faster. The gorditas or sopes maker is a cast aluminum device that looks like a tortilla press except it has a about a 4" inset area that is about 1/4" high. Place a ball of masa in the center and press gently to get a perfectly round 1/4 thick masa cake! Please note: while we don't recommend cast aluminum for tortilla presses it is perfectly adequate for pressing gorditas or sopes because there is not a lot of pressure required to form the masa cake.