These easy buñuelos start off with flour tortillas. Fried until golden and coated with crunchy cinnamon-sugar! These crispy Mexican pastries are a special treat!
This year I really wanted to make buñuelos.
My grandma used to make them along with buñuelos de viento (aka “rosettes”).
My husband’s abuela used to make them as well, however the recipe has since passed from memory.
While I try to track the buñuelo recipe down, I thought it would be a nice treat to make these easy buñuelos.
The original recipe was similar to the recipe for homemade flour tortillas, but that’s all I remember!
I decided to use store-bought tortillas and the results are delicioso!
These are extremely tasty alongside my favorite Mexican dessert – Fresas con Crema. The creamy strawberries pair perfectly with these cinnamon crisps!
Tips for Easy Buñuelos
- When buying tortillas, use the smallest flour tortillas possible. Although maybe burrito-sized buñuelos is not a bad idea!
- Use the thinnest tortillas you can find. Avoid the extra thick or “fajita style” ones.
- Some grocery stores sell tortillas that haven’t been cooked yet! Those will work wonderful.
How to Make Buñuelos
The trick to this recipe is getting the tortillas crisp all the way through without burning.
The oil should be about 350°F if you use a thermometer .
They take about a 2-3 minutes to cook in total, and they should be flipped about every 15 seconds to build up the color.
When done, they will be completely crispy all the way through and a beautiful golden color.
After frying the tortillas, they should be drained but not dried.
Let the excess oil drip off into the pan. They should still be a little “wet” so the sugar has something to stick to.
Immediately sprinkle or dredge both sides in the cinnamon sugar.
These are so delicious! I recommend eating while they’re fresh for maximum crispness.
However, my husband devoured a whole stack about 8 hours later because he couldn’t stop eating them – they are so good!
- 10 small flour tortillas
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Vegetable oil, for frying
In a large pot or skillet, add at least 1 inch of oil and heat over medium-high heat (350F if using thermometer).
While the oil is heating, combine the sugar and cinnamon in a shallow dish and set aside.
Fry tortillas 2-3 minutes, flipping about every 15 seconds until golden brown and crisp through.
Remove from oil and let the excess oil drip back into the pan.
Immediately dredge or sprinkle tortillas with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 211Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 234mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 4g