Easy to make Buñuelos for a touch of a Mexican Christmas!

Traditional Mexican buñuelos are a crunchy, crispy dessert snack, Mexican fritters, if you will, or crisp pastries made from dough that is flattended and shaped to resemble a king size tortilla.  There are many ways to make buñuelos, my family makes them the easy way and why not share this traditional dish that could be made in a SNAP?

For me, Christmas wouldn’t be the same if a pile of buñuelos were not sitting on a plate for all to enjoy as a nosh.  Some folks make their own tortilla dough, but in a pinch, we use the store bought tortillas.  You could prepare them in sprinkled  sugar and cinnamon or glaze them in a syrup sauce.  Take this simple recipe and enjoy a little taste of a Mexican Christmas.

Ingredients for buñuelos:

1 – cup vegetable oil

1 – dozen flour tortillas

1 – cup surgar

3 – teaspoons cinnamon

Ingredients for glaze:

2 – cups water

1 – piloncillo

1 – cinnamon stick

2 – anise stars

1/2 – cup honey

In a large frying pan add oil over a medium high flame.  Once oil is hot add a flour tortilla and fry till golden crisp on each side (about 3 to 4 minutes).  Remove from flame and drain for 5 minutes on a paper towel.  Then either sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon or brush with syrup glaze.

How to make sugar mixture:  Mix sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

How to make syrup:  In a sauce pan over a medium flame add water, piloncillo, cinnamon stick and anise stars.  Mix till piloncillo dissolves.  Then let boil for 5 minutes.  Next add in honey and mix to combine/melt into syrup.  Remove from flame allow to cool for 10 minutes then brush on buñuelo.

Photos taken by: Mando Lopez and Nicole Presley

Feliz Navidad!

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13 Responses to Easy to make Buñuelos for a touch of a Mexican Christmas!

  1. Ericka says:

    I’m happy with tamale & buñuelos during Christmas. These look so yummy! I love your little green reindeer heeee!

  2. This look very nice. Will try them without the sugar, and maybe have them with some of this apple butter: http://nosugarnocry.com/sharons-apple-butter/
    I love how every country has a different tradition for the holidays.

  3. yay!

    Thank you for posting this Nicole, I wish I had time to post my mom’s yummy buñuelos.

    Maybe next year finally 🙂

  4. Uchi says:

    Presley.. I need to try this… Happy holidays !

  5. Valentina says:

    i love learning about holiday food traditions. this looks soooo yummy!

  6. Me says:

    thanks going to make this

  7. Now these are the buñuelos I grew up with! My abuelito made them for Christmas and rainy days. I love that you made them with the traditional syrup too! 🙂

  8. Wou! Tengo que probarlos! En Colombia también tenemos buñuelos, pero bien distintos a estos que presentas. Se ve deli!!

  9. Tinamarie says:

    I love bunuelos! I used to make them for my children when they were young and I called them pooh bear snacks and drizzled them with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon. A great after school snack! I have not thought of bunuelos for years!
    Thank you for posting this!

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  11. Carmen Lucero says:

    aaahh, thanks for the recipe. My mom used to make them during this time every year, but she passed away without giving me the recipe. I will try to make them and see if they taste like hers 🙂


  12. Tina says:

    These look beautiful, but does anyone have the recipe from scratch, I would greatly appreciate it..

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