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Authentic Mexican Buñuelos Recipe

Inside: Keep reading to find out how to make these delicious and authentic mexican buñuelos, which are easy to make and loved by all.

Mexican bunuelos with piloncillo syrup

What are Mexican Buñuelos?

Mexican buñuelos are a tasty and traditional Mexican dessert that are usually served with a homemade piloncillo syrup or honey and coated with a cinnamon-sugar mixture. This delicious recipe is very common in Mexico during the December holidays and for other patriotic holidays.

For those Mexicans living outside of Mexico, this recipe will definitely bring back memories since making bunuelos is a common tradition throughout Mexico. As we say “if you don’t love buñuelos, you aren’t Mexican!”

mexian bunuelos on a tabl

Buñuelos have their origen in Spain and were historically enjoyed by the lower class in the southern part of the Iberian peninsula. The dough is made with all purpose flour, formed into a circular shape, and then fried to golden perfection in hot oil either in a pan or a deep fryer.

Today, it is common to serve buñuelos with a piloncillo syrup and cinnamon sugar. You will also see them prepared in many different sizes – from very small all the way up to a half-meter in diameter! Most people will serve it with hot chocolate, tea, or coffee depending on their preferences.

How do you make Buñuelos

Buñuelos are very easy to make and uses simple ingredients. Specifically, you will need all-purpose flour, star anise and green tomato leaf tea, salt, sugar, butter, baking powder and and egg. It will only take you a short time of mixing the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl to make sure you get the right consistency. Next, you will form small balls before flattening them out using a rolling pin to get the traditional “flat disk” buñuelos shape. You will want to make sure you have the oil at the right temperature to avoid burning it, but once you get the hang of it you will be an expert in no time at all.

bunuelos from Mexico with piloncillo

The homemade piloncillo syrup is also very easy to make. All you need is water, piloncillo, cinnamon and cloves. It makes for a sweet and light syrup that, with along with the buñuelos makes for a great combo during the Christmas season.

I am sharing the traditional way that this buñuelos recipe is made in Mexico, but there are other types of buñuelos made in other latin American countries. Regardless of how you make them, you are sure to love them and everyone will want to know the recipe.

Check out these other Mexican desserts that you will love!

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Authentic Mexican Buñuelos

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: bunuelos, dessert
Servings: 10 Buñuelos
Calories: 2701kcal


For the Dough

  • 4 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Stick Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Star Anise and Tomatillo Skin Tea Boil 1 tablespoon of star anise with 8 tomatillo skins and then strain the liquid
  • Oil for frying

For the Piloncillo Sauce

  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Pieces Piloncillo
  • 1 Stick Cinnamon
  • 2 Cloves


For the Dough

  • Place the flour on a flat surface and form a hole in the middle. Add the baking powder, the sugar, the salt, the butter, and the egg into the middle.
  • Slowly mix all of the ingredients by hand and form the hole in the middle again.
  • Slowly add the tea a little at a time as you knead the dough. The resulting dough will be sticky.
  • Continue kneading the dough until it is soft, smooth, and stretchy.
  • Take a ball of dough and put it on a floured surface, and then with a rolling pin, flatten it out. It should resemble a very thin tortilla.
  • Add oil to a pot or a deep fryer and heat to medium heat.
  • Fry each buñuelo for about 2 minutes on each side and remove from the oil immediately when cooked through. Coat each side with sugar.
  • Serve with piloncillo sauce or honey.

For the Piloncillo Sauce

  • Add 2 cups of water and the cinnamon stick to a large pan or pot and bring to a boil for 2 minutes
  • Add the piloncillo and cloves and stir until the piloncillo dissolves completely. Remove the cinnamon stick and cloves and serve.


Serving: 1Bunuelo | Calories: 2701kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 278g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 77g | Monounsaturated Fat: 174g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 444mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 11mg
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