Hi everyone! Today I’m going to show you how to make bunuelos! Bunuelos are a delicious fried snack or treat popular in Latin American countries. They are traditionally eaten during Christmas time. The way they are made vary depending on the country. They are usually either ball shaped or flattened with a rolling pin. Today we are making the flattened ones. I like to sweeten mine by sprinkling cinnamon sugar on top after frying while others may prefer powdered sugar. Both are delicious especially when served with atole or champurrado While the thought of making bunuelos may seem difficult its actually really simple. If you want to learn how please keep reading.
Years ago in high school I went to one of my friends house and her grandmother was there visiting from Mexico. Her grandmother made bunuelos for us and that was when I first tried one. 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. I’ve made them many times over the years since then and now mine always turn out amazing. 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, eggs and vanilla. I use Mexican vanilla. I recommend it for a more authentic taste. The kind I use is called Molina.
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.
Mix everything together with your hand. It should look like the photo below.
Slowly add the water and mix for a few minutes and shape into a ball. Let it rest for about 20-30 minutes.
After letting the dough rest divide the dough into about 18 dough balls.
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 pin sprinkle some more flour over it.
It should look like the photo below. Don’t worry if it isn’t a perfect circle mine obviously isn’t perfectly round.
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 bunuelos to when they’re done frying.
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.
Transfer them to a paper towel lined baking sheet so the oil can drain. After frying each onelos. 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 bunuelos.
If you follow all of the above steps I assure your bunuelos will turn out perfect!
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 or powdered sugar on bunuelos after frying while they’re still hot.
Serve champurrado or atole along with the bunuelos everyone will love it! I hope you enjoyed learning how to make bunuelos and I hope you will try it out! If you do please let me know how it turns out. Thank you so much for visiting! See you next time!
How to Make Bunuelos
Bunuelos are a popular snack or treat in many Latin American countries and they're so easy to make!
- 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
Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
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.
Divide the dough into 18 evenly shaped balls.
Sprinkle some flour over the surface where you'll be rolling out the dough balls.
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.
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.
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.
Transfer the bunuelos to the paper towel lined baking sheet so the oil can drain and immediately sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar.
Serve and enjoy! store the rest of the bunuelos in ziploc bags or in an airtight container.