Mexican Bunuelos are fried donuts covered in cinnamon sugar. This dessert is typically served around Christmas and New Years, but can be enjoyed all year round.
This dessert is made with only a few ingredients and can be whipped together in no time.
Living in Texas, there are Mexican restaurants every corner. And for good reason we can’t get enough of it! But because of this, my son requests that I learn to make all his favorites. Starting with bunuelos!
Thankfully, this was an easy request. There are several variations of this dessert, but this recipe is my sons favorite.
How to make Mexican Bunuelos
- 2 cups All purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 3/4 cup Warm water
- 4 tbsp Vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp Cinnamon sugar
- Add the flour, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Mix until combined. Stir in the warm water and 4 tablespoon of oil.
- Knead the dough into a small balls, place a paper towel and let stand for 20 minutes.
- Roll the dough into 6-8 pieces, rolling each into a ball.
- On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out each ball into a circle.
- Place dough in hot oil and fry each side for about 3 minutes or until golden brown.
- Using tongs, remove and place on paper towel. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
- Serve and enjoy!
Tips for frying
The dough will fluff and rise considerably when frying that will create air pockets. Using tongs, press down the dough for the first few seconds of frying. This will reduce the air pockets.
Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on the bunuelos as soon as you place them on a paper towel. This will help that the sugar sticks to the dough once it’s dried and cooled.
Have leftovers? Stack the dessert on a plate and cover with a towel. Can be stored for 3 days. I do not recommend storing in the refrigerator. They turn soft and lose that delicious crunch.
These golden, tortilla-like fritters also tasting amazing with syrup.
What is the difference between Bunuelos and Sopapillas
Sopaipillas are more like fried bread that puff like a pillow until it’s golden brown. While Bunuelos are rolled out thing and fried on each side until crispy.