Recipe By Delia
Published Jan 2nd
Prep 10m Cook 10m Additional - Ready In 20m
Servings 4 servings Calories 691.3

These Mexican fritters are very common at fairs. In my border hometown, the line at this stand is always overwhelming. People wait hours in line just to get a taste of these churros. I have run across several recipes but this is the best one by far.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 ½ tablespoons white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts oil for frying
  • ½ cup white sugar, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, salt and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in flour until mixture forms a ball.
  2. 2 Heat oil for frying in a deep fryer or deep pot to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Pipe 5- to 6-inch strips of dough into the hot oil using a sturdy pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip. Do not overcrowd the oil. Fry until golden; drain on paper towels.
  3. 3 Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Roll drained churros in cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 691.3
  • Carbohydrate 57.1 g
  • Fat 51.1 g
  • Fiber 1.1 g
  • Protein 3.3 g
  • Saturated Fat 6.7 g
  • Sodium 293.1 mg
  • Sugar 32.9 g

Chef's Notes

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used; Keep the oil temperature consistently between 350 and 375 degrees F (175 and 190 degrees C) as you fry. If it gets too hot, turn off heat and let temperature drop down to that range.


  1. What a fun and delicious treat for my kids. A little tricky to make, as you really do have to let the batter cool a little before putting in the piping bag. I had to double bag mine in order for the batter to not melt through. I agree with others that it's better to - Read more ...
  2. I tried it the first time 'as is,' which I believe is necessary when reviewing a recipe. They were fine but browned too fast and were chewy. Based on that and other people's reviews, I made the following adjustments: a) only 1 tbl of sugar in the dough (cuts the browning); b) only 1 tbl - Read more ...
  3. Easy recipe Delia! My husband thought it was difficult to make. Did not have a pastry bag, so I used a ziploc bag instead to pipe into oil. I had no problems at all.
  4. These are splendid. I used a pastry bag but beware, the dough is hot and my bag split in the middle of squeezing them in the hot greese. An electric skillit / fryer would be best to keep a constant temp. I hand rolled some but they were not nearly as good as the ones - Read more ...
  5. These churros were so delicious, they taste better then what we used to get as kids when we spent the day at Olvera Street in LA... and I always thought those were the best. These were perfect! Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. I'm going to use this recipe all the time, - Read more ...
  6. This was a really good recipe. My kids loved them. You can't handle too much and needs to be used asap or it will break apart while frying.
  7. Very easy recipe and outcome was excellent! Very authentic! Tip: Fry dough ASAP to avoid gooey mess.
  8. These are very good but just remember to pipe them very thin or you'll end up with raw insides and burned outside!
  9. These were GREAT! I should have doubled the recipe because it turned out they were not enough, hehe. Make sure you fry them till they are a golden brown, they don't come out as chewy. I used my Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator with the largest flower tip attachment, they were thin but they were - Read more ...
  10. These were pretty good except they were much tougher than churros I've bought. I didn't overmix but they ended up chewy. I also had to make sure I didn't make them too thick because my first batch wasn't cooked all the way through. My kids liked them though.