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Buñuelos – A Mexican Sweet Tortilla Treat

We have a new recipe for you guys and we are really excited about this one! We have loved sharing recipes like our Pumpkin Empanada recipe and our Pumpkin Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, well, this recipe is a classic one that our mom has made over the years. They are called Buñuelos! These delicious, cinnamon-sugary treats are a hit at any gathering or hangout. They are super easy to grab and munch on. Buñuelos are essentially a tortilla fried up and dunked in cinnamon sugar, I mean C’MON. We really wanted to attempt to make some buñuelos that are completely from scratch!!! And… we did it! So if you’ve ever wondered how to make buñuelos, this homemade buñuelos recipe is a sure win because they turned out amazing!How To Make Buñuelos

What is so great about buñuelos is that there are so many ways you can eat them! We decided to make Christmas cookie cutter shaped ones and dessert nachos!! OH, MY GOODNESS. It is the ultimate indulgence! You guys have to try this buñuelos recipe and get all your family and friends to try it too! 

Buñuelos Recipe


For tortillas

For coating


  1. In a small saucepan begin heating the milk, butter, and vanilla extract. Bring to a soft boil and then remove from the heat.
  2. As the milk mixture cools down, in a separate large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together your eggs. Then add them in slowly to the milk mixture as you whisk it quickly.
  4. Add your liquid ingredients to your dry ingredients and mix well. Begin to knead the mixture as it begins to come together into a dough.
  5. Next, transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Continue kneading and kneading. If you notice that your dough is a little sticky, add a little bit of flour and continue kneading.
  6. Once your dough is all combined and smooth, form it into a huge dough ball. Then form it into smaller dough balls, about the size of a golf ball. Grab a rolling pin and start to roll out the small balls. You want to roll it out into a thin tortilla. Place each one on a dish towel on your counter. If you’d like to get a little creative, get your Christmas cookie cutters and cut out shapes! This is so fun and kids will love it! We also made them into chips to make dessert nachos, so yum!
  7. You will need three dishes for the process of coating the tortillas after they are fried. In one container lay some paper towels over the top this is so the oil can drip off after frying. The second one is the cinnamon sugar mixture, just put both cinnamon and sugar together and mix them up! The third one is to dry off the buñuelos once they are all coated!
  8. Once you’ve made all of your tortillas, cookie shapes, nacho chips, and assembled your containers for coating place, pour about an inch high of oil into a larger saucepan. Set your stove to medium-high to heat oil. The oil is ready once you have placed a wooden stick in it and it begins to bubble around the stick.
  9. One at a time put your tortilla in the oil and once one side has bubbled up, flip it over and deep fry the other side, it only needs about 5 seconds per side for them to be a nice shade of golden brown. This takes hardly any time at all, so make sure you watch them carefully!
  10. Dry each tortilla off on the paper towels, then dunk it into the cinnamon sugar mixture, then finally let them cool in the last container.
  11. Finally, YOU ARE READY TO EAT BUÑUELOS! Grab a buñuelo, or make dessert buñuelo nachos! Ours had vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauces and whipped cream!

We hope you enjoy this buñuelos recipe as much as we do! Now you know how to make buñuelos! If you don’t have all the time to make the tortillas for the buñuelos from scratch, Costco has some great raw flour tortillas that will work too! Let us know if you make our buñuelos! For more sweet recipes, check out our Arroz con Leche recipe, the most warming treat, or our Hojarascas recipe for a scrumptious, melt in your mouth Mexican shortbread cookie!

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