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Last year my son had a culture day assignment where he wrote on our family Mexican heritage, he made a paper Mexican doll, and he could bring in a treat to share with his class. I decided to make buñuelo’s for him to bring in.

My grandmother and my mom make “real” buñuelo’s with homemade tortilla dough and they are delicious. I decided to take the easier route and use store bought flour tortillas, they still turned out super yummy, especially for my kids who love Taco Bell Cinnamon Twists, lol.

This is a fun treat to have anytime, but with Cinco de Mayo right around the corner I thought I’d share, these would be easy to serve at a Cinco de Mayo party or Mexican dinner theme night for your family, make these as dessert on your next Taco Tuesday.


  • 12 Flour Tortillas
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of Sugar
  • Canola Oil


Cut your tortillas to desired shape, I normally do triangles. You could use cookie cutters or do strips.

Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.

Heat your oil to fry the tortillas, you can use a wooden spoon placed in the hot oil once bubbles start to form around the wooden spoon it’s ready to go, or dip a tortilla in and look for those bubbles. You do not want your oil too hot, during the process if you notice the tortillas are browning too quickly lower the heat gradually.

Once light and golden brown transfer to a paper towel to drain off excess oil, sprinkle both sides with cinnamon and sugar mixture while warm. Coat and serve.

These are best served warm. If you need to make ahead of time, just re-warm them in the oven, but not too long, don’t use the microwave, or they will not be as crispy.

If you want to take these up notch, you can serve with vanilla ice cream and strawberries or serve with a maple syrup mixed with caramel sauce, or drizzled with honey, oh my goodness!

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