The Gordo Lady | Mexico | Living in Mexico

The Gordo Lady

For many years now, early in the morning, someone sets out buckets and a brazier on Canal Street underneath the Quebrada Bridge. They do this so no cars will park in that location.


Sometime after midmorning, a woman arrives and starts a charcoal fire in the brazier. When the pan is hot, she cooks gordos and sells them to passers-by.


Gordos are sort of thick tortillas with a savory filling inside She pats balls of masa (cornmeal dough) into disks, places some carnitas or other filling on one of them, puts another disk on top and smooshes the whole thing together. Then she fries it in oil.

They're really yummy. They're great for when you want a snack. They're bad for when you're trying to preserve your waistline.