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classic Mexican Bunuelos

Mexican Bunuelos Recipe

Mexican Bunuelos is made of a simple dough that’s fried until crispy and beautifully golden, then rolled in sweet cinnamon sugar.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Hispanic, Mexican
Keyword Mexican Bunuelos, Mexican Bunuelos Recipe
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 Bunuelos
Calories 236kcal
Author Catalina Castravet



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 2 1/2 cups for frying

Cinnamon sugar topping:

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


Cinnamon sugar topping:

  • Combine the ungredients in a small bowl and set aside.


  • Add all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt to a large bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add the warm water and the 4 tablespoons of oil, and mix with a wooden spoon or using the hook attachment on a mixer, until the dough comes together.
  • Transfer the dough onto a clean flat surface and knead the dough for 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth.
  • Roll in into a ball and place back in the bowl,cover with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 8 separate small balls and roll each one on a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin into an 8 to 10-inch circle.
  • Arrange the dough circles onto a large kitchen towel in ONE single layer.
  • Place a large and deep pan on the stove and add the 2 1/2 cups of oil and heat the oil to 350°F.
  • Fry each dough circle for about 1 minute, turning once, it shoulbe be nicely golden brown on both sides.
  • Transfer to cooling rack placed onto a baking sheet for the excess oil to drain.
  • While still warm, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.



  • Make sure to turn the discs at least once while frying so that each side cooks evenly.
  • Check the oil temp— it should be at 350F BEFORE you start frying, or the dough will soak up oil instead of crisping up right away.
  • Sprinkle with the topping immediately after frying, so the cinnamon sugar sticks better to the fritters.
  • Press the discs down while you’re deep frying them, so they don’t puff up too much.
  • If you want it sweeter, you can also add sugar to the raw dough.
  • Don’t want spice in your bunuelos? Feel free to skip the cinnamon!
  • If you love spice, on the other hand, you can double the cinnamon or add nutmeg and allspice for a warmer, more intense spice taste.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 67IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2mg