10 minutes
to prep

30 minutes
to cook

6–12 servings

About this Recipe

Buñuelos are a traditional Mexican dessert. Strips of flour tortillas are fried and tossed in a cinnamon sugar mixture. Enjoy warm with vegan ice cream!

Recipe by: Pedro Hernández
Photos by: e martin


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 12 eight-inch flour tortillas (cut into 1 inch wide strips)
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Serve with vanilla soy ice cream
Lao-Style Pho

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large plastic bag or bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  2. Cut tortillas into 1-inch-wide strips.
  3. In a large frying pan, prepare your frying oil by heating up 1-inch-deep cooking oil. If using a deep fryer, set it to 375°F.
  4. Prepare a station nearby with layered paper towels where the buñuelos will drain any excess oil after they’re removed from the frying oil.
  5. Test fry a few of the tortilla strips first in hot oil. Turn each strip once and fry until both sides are golden brown. Approximately 2 minutes.
  6. Remove the golden strips from the oil and place on paper towels.
  7. Continue to fry the remaining strips (a few at a time), flipping each strip once and placing them on the paper towels.
  8. While the strips are still warm, place a few strips at a time in sugar mixture in bag/bowl.
  9. Shake or stir gently to coat.
  10. Store buñuelos in an airtight container. Delicious as is or served with vegan vanilla ice cream.