Easy Recipe for Bunuelos: A Mexican Treat or Dessert

Today’s post is a quick and easy recipe for bunuelos which are a fantastic, authentic Mexican treat or dessert. There are many iterations of bunuelos.  Some are made of fried dough while some are made from fried cake.  However, there’s another version of bunuelos made from flour tortillas and this is my preferred method for making bunuelos.  Using flour tortillas makes this recipe super easy and keeps the prep and cooking time to minutes.  Yes, literally minutes.

Bunelos can be served alongside a cup of coffee or be served with your favorite ice cream.  Another great way to serve these is with a nice cup of seasonal fruits.   They are so light and fluffy, you really don’t feel like you are eating a heavy dessert.  But I caution you – bunuelos are addicting.   I can literally eat the entire batch and like to nibble on them like a cookie.  


Enough talk.  Here’s my super easy recipe for bunuelos.    

Yields 50
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
  1. 4 extra-large burrito size flour tortillas
  2. 1/2 cup of sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons of cinnamon (I prefer Saigon cinnamon)
  4. Vegetable Oil for frying
  1. In a bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Coat bottom of medium-sized frying pan with 1/4 inch of oil. Heat oil until hot (but not too hot or bunuelos will burn). Cut flour tortillas into small triangles. I like to use a cookie cutter in various shapes to make them look a little fancier. In small batches, fry the flour tortillas until they are golden brown. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. While still warm, transfer to the bowl with the cinnamon and sugar mixture to coat and serve.
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Bunuelos would be great to prepare this weekend for Cinco de Mayo to get into the spirit of things.  They will likely remind you of cinnamon-sugar toast or lighter cinnamon-sugar pretzel.  Start your Sunday morning off right with a nice cup of coffee and this freshly made little treat.    

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Enjoy and have a little fun with the upcoming Cinco de Mayo.  Make an effort to celebrate the little things.  


15 comments for “Easy Recipe for Bunuelos: A Mexican Treat or Dessert

  1. May 2, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Yum! What a perfect little treat to make for potlucks too! Thanks for sharing.

  2. May 2, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Those look awesome! I have made them baked before but never in cute shapes. I have tons of cookie cutters – I’ll try that next time. Have you served them with fruit salsa before? That would be yummy!

    • May 2, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Fruit salad does sound great! We REALLY like them with ice cream. That’s our favorite way :-)

  3. May 2, 2013 at 9:22 am

    These are fun! My kids would love them. We make something similar for scooping up apple or strawberry salsa’s We bake them and just slice them in triangles – however I love your idea of shapes!! My kids will too!! Thanks!

    • May 2, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Using cookie cutters make the Bunuelos look a little more fancy and really makes prep time a breeze.

  4. May 2, 2013 at 9:23 am

    You made these look so easy to make. I have never tried making them. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. May 2, 2013 at 9:53 am

    These look absolutely delicious! My kiddos would be all over these. They love anything cinnamon and sugar:) Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. May 2, 2013 at 11:07 am

    fried cake sounds AAAAH Mazing :) would these be good with corn tortillas? I bought corn tortillas this week, no clue why. I made chips already but what else

    • May 2, 2013 at 11:10 am

      No, please don’t use corn tortillas; the Bunuelos really need to be made with flour tortillas. They will taste completely different. To use those corn tortillas, consider making traditional tacos or even enchiladas!

  7. May 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Your blog is making me fat.

    It’s okay. I still love you anyway.

  8. May 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Wow, why did I never think of this? It looks so yummy, and with ice cream – mmmmmm! Thanks for sharing. :)

  9. May 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Those look so delicious. What a great treat for Cinco de Mayo or Memorial Day!

  10. May 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    That sounds scrumptious. Very pretty. My favorite food from Mexico is fried Ice Cream : ).

  11. May 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Would these be gross w/ whole-wheat tortillas? That’s all I have on hand. I’m guessing yes…

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