Last Updated on January 10, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Mexican Bunuelos are an easy snack that comes together in just a few minutes, with limited ingredients and effort. This popular Mexican street food is a great way to use up leftover tortillas.
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This week I have been presented holiday foods often eaten during Epiphany celebrations in Mexico. Also known as Three Kings Day, this is another delicious food to celebrate the holiday. Even if you will not be celebrating Three Kings Day tomorrow as they will be doing in most of Latin America, this is a delicious treat to have any time. It is so quick and easy to put together. With just three ingredients, there is nothing simpler.
Many people know of Spanish bunuelos, which are doughnuts often eaten with a cup of melted chocolate in Spain. Mexico’s version is a lot less work. It is also a popular street food throughout Mexico.
Do you have some leftover corn tortillas in the fridge leftover from the last time you made enchiladas? This recipe is a great way to use them up.
Do you live in a community where people often stop by unexpectedly and you need a quick snack to offer then with a cup of tea or coffee? Well from now on, make sure you always have some corn tortillas in the fridge and these can be made quickly and at a moment’s notice!
I have cut each tortilla into quarters, but they are often made with the tortilla left whole or cut in strips. It is up to you how you would like to serve them.
They are usually just served plan as is. However, I thought vanilla yogurt complimented these bunuelos so well. Vanilla and cinnamon are natural partners in crime with any dessert.
If you are serving these for a party and want to make it even a little more festive, you might want to drizzle the Coconut Glaze from this recipe on top.
So quick and easy and such a munchable treat!
Perfect when you need a quick snack!
- 6 corn tortillas
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- oil for frying
- Optional Accompaniments:
- vanilla yogurt
- coconut glaze
- Leave tortillas whole or cut, as desired.
- In a large bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Mix to combine.
- In a deep skillet or wok, heat enough oil for deep frying.
- Add tortillas and fry in batches 1-2 minutes, until golden brown.
- Transfer to a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
- Toss in cinnamon sugar.
- Serve on its own or with accompaniments as desired.
This recipe reminded my of fry bread. Sounds perfect when you need to put something together quickly.
We make a savoury version of these with Indian rotis , the sweet version of this Mexican street food sounds fantastic and I like the crime partners cinnamon and vanilla and yogurt :))
yes cinnamon and vanilla are usually paired together aren’t they!!!
If i make this mexican bunuelos at home, i wont keep myself away from them. Such a dangerously delicious Bunuelos there.. I want to munch some rite now.
definiely a great munchable snack
Wow, this is so simple. Kiddo loves the cinnamon flavor and I have to try this for him. Thanks for sharing this Mir.
yes I don’t think any treat can be more simple than this!
Wow! Such a simple snack with the most favorite cinnamon sugar combo. I am sure my kids will love it,
definitely when you need something quick and simple and yet so tasty!
Wow, this is such an easy breezy treat to make. A delicious dessert whipped up in.minutes.
yes – perfect when you need a quick snack and short on time!
Such an easy and delicious dessert recipe. I now know what to do with leftover corn tortillas. Cinnamon sugar makes everything taste amazing.
yes we can never go wrong with cinnamon sugar.
Liked this simple and easy recipes. My kids are going to love this!!
yes this is definitely an easy no fuss treat!
Ah these are super quick to make and I am sure these tastes as great as you say! I enjoyed reading about this festival, thank you so much for all the research you do to bring us such new stuff to read!
this is one of the easiest things ever to make when you need to whip up a quick snack!
I love Mexican food for such quick recipes with great flavors. I love this for a snack and dipping it in vanilla yogurt is a brilliant idea.
yes – it is great for an after school snack for the kids