Gorditas are fried pockets stuffed with your choice of fillings. Call them Mexico's version of the arepa!
The aptly named "gorditas" have been corrupted by a certain fast food chain. These plump little pockets of deliciousness originated in central and northern Mexico. Their name literally means "chubby ones" because they are stuffed with a variety of fillings. You can find sweet as well as savory versions of this classic street food, but these chicharrón gorditas are probably my favorite. The combination of salty, crispy chicharrón (fried pork rinds) with the corn masa, topped with fresh onions and aromatic cilantro, is too good to pass up.
Serve them warm with a homemade salsa roja for a tasty snack or lunch... you can even switch up your next taco night with a batch of these "chubby ones!" Just make sure you make enough so that there's more than one per person!