MidKnight Snack: Mexican Bueñuelos

These Mexican Bueñuelos will make your night ‘bueno.’


Photo Janiece Mitchner

Crispy Bueñuelos, topped with homemade whip cream and a dust of cinnamon.

Janiece Mitchner, Staff Writer

The first time I ever tried a Bueñuelo was because my mom wanted something sweet. Instead of buying something store-bought, she decided to show us how to make food that is from our culture.

This treat is originally from Spain. It has become part of Latin culture as a common street food, usually eaten around Christmas time with a cup of hot cocoa. There are many different ways to make this treat. They are a kind of donut fritter; many countries have their own version in Europe, Asia, and especially in South America.


  • mini tortillas (corn or flour)
  • vegetable oil
  • cinnamon
  • desired amount of sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping  cream ( for whipped cream)
  • 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract


  1. First, take out a medium-sized skillet and fill it with vegetable oil. Turn the heat on.
  2. Mix two parts of sugar and equal parts of cinnamon together. Set aside.
  3.  Take out a plate and place three pieces of paper towel, to soak up the grease.
  4. Place tortilla in oil and fry on both sides until crispy.
  5. Once done frying, place the chip on the plate and wait a few seconds for the excess grease to be soaked up.
  6. Sprinkle both sides of the chip with cinnamon sugar.
  7. Add whipped cream (optional)
  8. Put 1 cup heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and three drops of vanilla extract in a medium/large bowl.
  9. Mix together with an electric mixer until you reach a stiff peak.
  10. Sprinkle whipped cream with cinnamon.

If you want a softer bueñuelo, then use flour tortillas. For a crispier bueñuelo, use corn tortillas.

These cinnamon and sugar bueñuelos are so delicious. They take almost no effort to make. Instead of making the dough and making a bigger mess, I just use tortillas. While this dessert isn’t usually served with whip cream, it definitely makes it just a bit sweeter. This easy sweet treat is the perfect dessert to end your night with.