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

Step 1

Combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large plastic bag or bowl. Mix well and set aside.

Step 2

Cut tortillas into 1-inch-wide strips.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 6

Remove the golden strips from the oil and place on paper towels.

Step 7

Continue to fry the remaining strips (a few at a time), flipping each strip once and placing them on the paper towels.

Step 8

While the strips are still warm, place a few strips at a time in sugar mixture in bag/bowl.

Step 9

Shake or stir gently to coat.

Step 10

Store buñuelos in an airtight container. Delicious as is or served with vegan vanilla ice cream.