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.    


Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Author: Linda Arceo


  • 4 extra-large burrito size flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon I prefer Saigon cinnamon
  • Vegetable Oil for frying


  • 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.
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.  


  1. Im lucky…im down in Baja and here handmade flour tortillas are sold everywhere !! I simply buy those…fry them up..make that sugar mix and walahhhh !!!!

    1. 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!

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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