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stack of mexican bunuelos on a white plate

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


  • 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


  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.