Gorditas Battle: El Ranchero vs. Gorditas El Tio
Natalie Miranda Gordita from El Ranchero.
Devouring a "little fat one," known as a gordita, is one of the joys of life. They resemble arepas or pupusas, and are filled with meat, cheese, onion, and sometimes cabbage, all stuffed in a thick tortilla.
We did the dirty work and tried gorditas at Gorditas El Tio and El Ranchero to see who makes the little fat ones the best in the Valley.
In This Corner: El Ranchero Mexicano
The Setting: Ranchero is so easy to miss if you're not looking closely. Just off the 51 freeway, the hole-in-the-wall serves up some serious Mexican food. Their menu is painted on the wall, with very inexpensive prices. Important note: Ranchero is cash only.
The Good: The tortilla was soft, with a hint of moisture. The gordita comes with meat, cabbage and cotija cheese, with a small side of salsa. The salsa really brings life to the gordita, although it is good on its own. The carne asada was tender, not chewy. And we there was no complaining over the $2.95 price.
The Bad: The gordita came out looking like a sope, with everything on top, not inside the tortilla. Sopes are hard to manage, and everything always falls off no matter how skilled you think you are. One of the best parts of gorditas is holding the little pockets of goodness.