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A chubby and chewier version of a tortilla, the gordita offers more bread for the bite in traditional Mexican cuisine. The word gordita means "fat" or "chubby," but not in a bad way. These thick breads are becoming more popular in the United States thanks to the enterprising efforts of restaurant chains beguiled by the notion that if a tortilla is good, a thicker tortilla must be even better.

Gorditas are made on a griddle, like tortillas, but use a thicker batter. If you're planning a portable snack with a filling that might make a standard tortilla soggy, using a gordita instead will solve your problems. If you like lots of salsa with your burritos, the sturdy gordita was developed with you in mind.

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