Turkey Gorditas and Luke Perry


This post is about gorditas. Not true Mexican gorditas, but the gorditas you might find at a fast food restaurant except these gorditas are muy delish. How many more times can I say gorditas in this paragraph? But you have to admit it’s a fun word, right? Especially if you can really get your Rs rolling. Gorrrrrrditas!

So what’s with the Luke Perry reference? Just look at my son’s face. Honestly this kid. He’s always acting and hamming it up for the camera. On this particular night, he was clearly Luke Perry in a sombrero.

And yes, my daughter IS holding a chihuahua. No we didn’t eat it— our ground meat of choice is turkey. We also enjoy Lentil Walnut Taco “Meat.” (Recipe at the end of this post)

Gorditas are basically hard tacos wrapped in a soft tortilla. They’re great for kids like my daughter who has fine motor issues. She finds holding the soft shell easier and it catches a lot of the filling if the hard shell cracks. Note I said “a lot,” not all. That’s what the chihuahua is for. Clean up.

Here’s how we make our gorditas:

taco night

Our family’s fave fillings include: refried beans, salsa or pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, grilled onions and peppers, sour cream, guacamole and shredded jack cheese.  Speaking of cheese, as I was making dinner, I noticed that my formerly full bowl of cheese was looking a little sparse.



In case you’re wondering where my son gets his Luke smize? He learned it from our other chihuahua. Check out his killer Luke Perry look of angst and sexy dogness. Work it Roger.

cute dog
This is the dog version of the Luke Perry smize.…although “Puke Hairy” is a more fitting name due to this dog’s sensitive stomach.
Lentil Walnut Taco "Meat"
Serves 4
A delicious and healthy vegan taco filling
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 1 1/2 cups cooked lentils or 1 can of lentils, rinsed (any colour but brown gives the best "meat" look)
  2. 1 1/4 cups walnut pieces, toasted
  3. 1 clove garlic, chopped
  4. 1/2 cup diced onions
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  6. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  8. *add a dash of your favourite taco seasoning - optional
  9. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  10. 2 tablespoons water
  1. Toast walnuts in dry pan and then set aside. (Careful! They can burn quickly!)
  2. Saute onion and garlic.
  3. Add tomato paste, water, seasoning.
  4. Stir in lentils and toasted walnuts.
  5. Heat through and mash with a potato masher.
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