Mexican Bunuelos (Fried Tortilla Pastries)


  • 1 package 10” flour tortillas, preferably fresh or homemade
  •  A/V Shortening for frying in deep fryer or skillet, approximately 3”


  1. Melt shortening over medium high heat or in a deep fryer until shortening is approximately 350°F.Cut tortillas into quarters.
  2. Drop quartered tortillas into hot shortening. Fry on one side until crisp; turn over and repeat. Drain on paper towels.


For Kids: Place warm Bunuelos in a paper bag and shake with cinnamon sugar. Cinnamon Sugar: Combine 1 cup granulated sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon.

For Upscale Version: Place a scoop of ice cream in individual serving bowls. Add desired number of Bunuelos and top with warm Bunuelo syrup. Bunuelo Syrup: In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cinnamon stick, 1 cup brown sugar, and 2 1/2 cups water. Bring to a gentle boil until syrup becomes thick and fine threads form when stirred with a wooden spoon. This can be made ahead and reheated before serving.