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Gordita: Mexican for OUT OF THIS WORLD

Oct 19, 2021 | 8 comments

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Hello my Asheville friends, I hope you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather. The leaves are changing fast and our city is looking more majestic by the minute.

Today, I want to share with you all something that is not as obvious as the seasonal change, but it’s pretty dope for sure!
Now, this is a big secret, because the place I’m talking about is HUGE! And seems like none of my non latino friends know about it. Seriously yo!

I like to think of this place as Little México in Asheville. Now, is not like the hipster Condesa neighborhood in México City, Can Cun, or any of the stunning colonial cities we have in Mexico. No, not at all, in fact you are not going to find anything fancy here, but what you are going to find is A LOT OF FOOD! Expect anything from huge Mexican papayas, dragon fruit, Mango manila (the best mangos ever, I bet many of you havent’ tasted those yet)

If you happen to like Mexican cuisine, this is going to be HEAVEN FOR YOU, and is also a place where you are going to see some weird shit. This is going to be an adventure. Ok, let’s get to it. Last week, I went with a couple of friends who happened to be stoned at the time ( I won’t say names, but they are probably laughing right now)

Where is it?


It took us about 25 minutes drive from downtown Asheville, perfect time for their munchies to kick in. Well, it is no secret that Mexicans love and use corn for everything. Hell, it makes me wonder if Kellog’s was Mexican, since they came up with Corn Flakes for breakfast?Mmmm, you see, for us Mexicans corn is the food of our ancestors and we believe we must eat it in any possible way.

What do we have?
Quesadilla al pastor, Sope de Carne Asada, and THE BEST FREAKING GORDITA you are going to find in Asheville and surrounding areas.

I’m going to go straight to the point, Quesadilla good, huarache good, GORDITA DE CHICHARRON? A M A Z I N G! The gordita can be made of your choice of meat, asada, lengua, pastor, cabeza, or chicharron.

What is a gordita? Literally, gordita means fatty lady (yes Spanish language has gender and for some that is a problem, but for latinos from Latino America, that is the way it is) Now, if you fell for the crap that Taco Bell called gordita a few decades ago…. Don’t. Please don’t even think is like that.

The gordita is the Mexican cousin of the Colombian Arepa, and the Salvadoran Pupusa, ONLY 1,000 TIMES BETTER! Ok, it had to be said and I said it, sorry but not sorry guys, I have had, Arepas colombianas, venezolanas, pupusas and simply put, gorditas are the bomb.

What makes it so good?!…

Well, imagine a small pizza like tortilla, but thicker in comparison, full of fatty chopped chicharron inside, that releases it’s fat as the gordita is cooked. Mmmmm, the result is orgasmic. There is no other way to explain it. The corn the use at this market is very different than any other corn I have tasted in Asheville, even the color is different. The GORDITA comes with lettuce, cream, and queso fresco, like a lot Mexican food.

But what makes it so good then? Well, it is probably the type of corn, and more than likely the lard they use to cook the corn masa, as well as the fat from the chicharrron. Yes, this thing is rich and I don’t eat it often. This is one of those things you should try once a year, trust me you are going to LOVE IT, but as with anything that is this rich, I suggest you be careful and DO NOT INDULGE.
I mean, I do want you to try things I believe you will like, but I also think we should all be responsible for how we treat our heart. ( We only have one y’all!)

gilda con anchovias
gilda con anchovias

Well, there you have it! I hope you go and visit the folks at Fiesta Foods inside Smiley’s Flea Market. This is where you can find this gordita. There is other food vendors selling barbacoa de borrego (lamb, I also suggest you try this, it is SOOO GOOD) I will be making a bilingual blog about this barbacoa de borrego as well, because I don’t want you to think this is all you can find at the market. Back to this Gordita, the place you need to look for inside the market is Fiesta Foods, this place is only open during the weekends and you will also find all kinds of herbs, fruits, and even things to make magic. Yes you are reading this right, Mexican culture is not only rich in food, it is also rich in indigenous beliefs and some hints of African culture.

Located at 5360 Hendersonville Rd, it is a trip south from downtown Asheville, I say about 25 minutes to get there.

gilda con anchovias
gilda con anchovias

Our next blog: International Bad Ass Chef, Hassan Arberchah from Early Girl Eatery in West Asheville.


  1. Stefan

    I love Asheville Luis, I remember traveling with you through Guatemala and enjoying many meals together. Why didn’t you take me here when I came to visit you! Next time I visit you HAVE to take me!
    Greetings from Budapest.

  2. Maggie

    Yummm!!! I can’t wait to go try this Gordita!! Thank you for the great information!

  3. Alejandro

    What a great blog! I didn’t know about this place. Great job

  4. John

    Mmmmmm gorditas rock! I still remember being confused when I ate my first authentic one, then realized Taco Bell had totally missed the whole idea of what a gordita should be. At work sometimes, our amazing cook Dulce will make these for us—riqisimo! Provecho!

  5. Sarah Melendez Kelly

    Oh my God where do you keep finidng this heavenly, out of this world, knock your socks off food?! When I travel to Asheville I am just going to use your blog as a tour guide!

  6. Gonzalo

    Hello everyone, I´m Gonzalo from Madrid, Spain and I just want to let people know that I really enjoy to take a look at this site.

    • mrzeau

      Am I missing something? I’m not seeing a name or location, and now I need to eat this.


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