A churro is a popular snack consisting of fried dough dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Originating in Spain and Portugal, churros can be eaten for breakfast, as a snack or as a dessert and are often paired with chocolate or caramel sauce. Nowadays, there are two main types of churros -- Mexican and Spanish. They are quite simple to make, using just a few staple ingredients such as sugar, flour, cinnamon and vanilla. Read on to learn how to make different kinds of churros.

How To Make Homemade Churros

By following this simple Mexican churro recipe, you will have the classic, stick-shaped churros with a simple cinnamon sugar taste.

fresh sugared churros in paper wrap


Churro Sugar

  • One tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • One teaspoon nutmeg
  • One cup sugar

Churro Dough

  • One tablespoon sugar
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk
  • One teaspoon salt
  • One cup flour
  • One cup unsalted butter
  • Three large eggs
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Freezer bags
  • Cooking thermometer


  • Mix the cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar together in a bowl and set aside
  • In a saucepan, heat the vanilla, milk, butter, salt and sugar with half a cup of water. Bring the mix to a simmer.
  • Mix in the flour and stir for 30 seconds or until dough forms. Remove from heat and place the dough in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, making sure each egg is completely mixed into the dough before adding another. Continue to mix until the dough has a smooth and glossy appearance.
  • Fill a large pot with vegetable oil and heat to 350 degrees. Use a cooking thermometer to maintain this temperature.
  • Place your dough in a freezer bag and cut a corner off the bag
  • Squeeze the dough through the cut corner of the bag into the oil. You'll want to make each churro about six inches in length. Repeat until you have four churros in the pot.
  • Fry for two to three minutes, then flip each churro and fry for another two to three minutes, or until golden brown.
  • When done frying, carefully remove the churros and place them on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  • Toss the churros in the cinnamon sugar mix, and enjoy.

Spicing Up Your Churros

Dipping Sauce

churros with a chocolate dipping sauce

Churros are often paired with a sweet sauce to complement the sweet dough. The classic sauces are chocolate and caramel, but dipping churros in coffee or milk can be a tasty treat early in the morning. If you feel like adding some kick to your churros, try making a chocolate sauce infused with chili powder for a sweet and spicy taste.

Red Velvet Churros

You can completely change your churros by introducing red velvet into the mix. This recipe adds red velvet and cream cheese to a standard churro recipe. The process of filling the churros with the cream cheese filling takes a little more preparation and practice, but the result is an incredibly rich and flavorful treat.

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