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Mexican Buñuelos Recipe

Mexican buñuelos are an incredible treat that’s fried until crispy and golden then sprinkled with a cinnamon-sugar mixture.They can also be drizzled with a delicious piloncillo syrup. Buñuelos are traditionally eaten during Christmas time and New Years. They’re a favorite among both children and adults. Give them a try this holiday season. They go great with a cup of chocolate atole.

A stack of Mexican buñuelos on a white plate.

Buñuelos are not just a Mexican recipe. They are popular in other countries as well.

However each country has their own way of preparing them. Colombian buñuelos for example are ball shaped and contain cheese.

While the thought of making bunuelos may seem difficult its actually really simple. Today I’m going to show you the steps.

I remember the first time I ever tried a buñuelo. Years ago in high school I went to one of my friends house and her grandmother was there visiting from Mexico.

Her grandmother made buñuelos for us. It’s funny how I remember my first times eating certain foods. I guess that tells me how much I really love food!

Her grandma made it look so easy and she did it so fast. So when I got home I decided to make them myself but somehow they just didn’t turn out like her grandma’s.

But I’ve been practicing ever since and now I have perfected them.

What are Mexican buñuelos made of?

What I like about bunuelos is that they’re made with inexpensive basic ingredients that I always have on hand such as:

  • flour
  • cinnamon
  • sugar
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • butter (melted)
  • eggs
  • vanilla.

I use Mexican vanilla. I recommend it for a more authentic taste. The kind I use is called Molina.

After frying my buñuelos I sprinkle them with a cinnamon-sugar mixture. You can buy this premixed or you can make it yourself. I suggest making it yourself as it’s super easy and less expensive.

How to Make Bunuelos

Grab a large mixing bowl and add the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder and mix well. Then make a well in the center and add the egg and butter and vanilla.

Ingredients for buñuelos in a large mixing bowl.

Mix everything together with your hand. It should look like the photo below.

mixture for bunuelos

Slowly add the water and mix for a few minutes and shape into a ball. Let it rest for about 20-30 minutes.

bunuelo dough mixture

After letting the dough rest divide the dough into about 18 dough balls.

dough balls for buñuelos

Sprinkle some flour over the surface where you will be rolling out the balls. Take one of the balls and flatten it with your palm. Then roll the dough out with a rolling pin.

If the dough sticks to the table or rolling pin sprinkle some more flour over it.

flattened dough ball before rolling

It should look like the photo below. Don’t worry if it isn’t a perfect circle mine obviously isn’t perfectly round.

Rolled out bunuelo dough.

It should also be very very thin. Roll out the rest of the dough balls and then heat up enough oil for frying in a large skillet over medium heat.

I used a cast iron skillet. I also like to line a baking sheet with paper towels to transfer the buñuelos to when they’re done frying.

rolled out dough for bunuelos

Once the oil is hot fry the bunuelos one at a time on each side for about 30 seconds until they turn a golden color.

frying bunuelo

Transfer them to a paper towel lined baking sheet so the oil can drain. After frying each buñuelo I immediately sprinkle them with a cinnamon sugar mixture.

It’s important to do this after frying and while they’re still hot so the cinnamon sugar mixture will stick to the buñuelos.

Fried Mexican bunuelos.

If you follow all of the above steps I assure you your buñuelos will turn out perfect!

Looking for more delicious Mexican recipes to serve during the holidays? Try these:

Tips on How to Make Bunuelos

  •  Let the dough rest for 30 min before shaping into balls
  • If you want smaller bunuelos divide the dough into smaller balls.
  • Sprinkle a little flour over your rolling space as needed to prevent the dough from sticking.
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on the bunuelos after frying while they’re still hot.

What is the difference between buñuelos and sopapillas?

Buñuelos are thin, crispy and flaky while sopapillas are softer and puffed. I have a super quick and easy way to make sopapillas using flour tortillas. They’re not real authentic sopapillas of course but they sure are yummy!

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Recipe for Mexican Buñuelos

I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe for Mexican buñuelos and I hope you will give them a try this holiday season.

I just know you will love them! If you make them I’d love to know how they turned out.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and don’t forget to leave this recipe a rating.

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stack of mexican bunuelos on a white plate
stack of mexican bunuelos on a white plate
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How to Make Bunuelos

Bunuelos are a popular snack or treat in many Latin American countries and they’re so easy to make!

Course Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword bunuelos, mexican bunuelos
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 151 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp mexican vanilla
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large mixing bowl and  mix well.

  2. Make a well in the flour and add the melted butter, egg and vanilla. Mix well with your hand. The mixture should be crumbly. Add the water a little at a time and continue to mix with your hands for 3-5 minutes then shape into a ball. Let the dough rest for about 30 min.

  3. Divide the dough into 18 evenly shaped balls.

  4. Sprinkle some flour over the surface where you’ll be rolling out the dough balls.

  5. Take one ball and flatten it slightly with the palm of your hand. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin. It should be pretty thin. Repeat this with the rest of the balls.

  6. Heat up enough oil for frying in a large skillet over medium heat. While the oil is heating up line a baking sheet with paper towels.

  7. Once oil is hot start frying the bunuelos one at a time. Fry on each side for about 30 seconds or until it turns a golden color.

  8. Transfer the bunuelos to the paper towel lined baking sheet so the oil can drain and immediately sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar.

  9. Serve and enjoy! store the rest of the bunuelos in ziploc bags or in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

  •  Let the dough rest for 30 min before shaping into balls
  • If you want smaller bunuelos divide the dough into smaller balls.
  • Sprinkle a little flour over your rolling space as needed to prevent the dough from sticking.
  • sprinkle the cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar on bunuelos after frying while they’re still hot.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Bunuelos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 134mg6%
Potassium 83mg2%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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