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Aunt Chilada's Mexican Fry Bread (Mexican Fried Gorditas)

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 2/3 cup water or milk
  • Oil for frying
  • Filling, as desired

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, salt, baking powder and shortening; mix until shortening is blended.
  2. Add water; mix well.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board; knead until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  4. Roll dough into a ball; place into a plastic bag. Let rest for 20 minutes.
  5. Separate and roll out enough dough to make six 4- to 6-inch thin, flat rounds.
  6. In a cast iron skillet, heat oil to 375 degrees F.
  7. Place rounds in oil; cook each side 20 to 30 seconds or until light golden brown.
  8. Use a slotted spoon to remove rounds from skillet; drain on paper towel.
  9. Fill with prepared fillings as desired.

Yield: 6 servings

Chef: Shulammite Alaniz, Aunt Chilada's, Phoenix, Arizona