El Salvador Buñuelos Recipe - Delicious Fried Dough Balls

El Salvador Buñuelos

El Salvador Buñuelos Recipe - Delicious Fried Dough Balls
Region / culture: El Salvador | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 12


El Salvador Buñuelos
El Salvador Buñuelos

Buñuelos are a traditional fried dough treat that is popular in many Latin American countries, including El Salvador. These delicious treats are often enjoyed during special occasions and holidays, and are a favorite among both children and adults.


The origins of buñuelos can be traced back to Spain, where they were traditionally made as a sweet treat during the Christmas season. The recipe was brought to Latin America by Spanish colonizers, and over time, each country put its own unique twist on the dish. In El Salvador, buñuelos are typically made with a simple dough that is fried until crispy and golden brown.


How to prepare

  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, and sugar together until well combined. Add the egg and shortening, and continue mixing until they are fully incorporated into the flour mixture. Gradually add water, a little at a time, until the mixture reaches a dough-like consistency similar to tortillas. Shape small balls of the dough, about half the size of your hand, into pancake-like shapes. Allow them to sit for a while to dry slightly, which will prevent them from absorbing too much oil during frying. Deep fry the buñuelos until they turn golden brown and crispy. Sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar for added flavor. Enjoy the delicious and crispy buñuelos!


  • Add a pinch of nutmeg or cloves to the dough for a spiced flavor.
  • Drizzle the buñuelos with honey or chocolate sauce for a decadent twist.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to allow the dough to dry slightly before frying to prevent the buñuelos from absorbing too much oil.

- Use a deep fryer or a heavy-bottomed pot to fry the buñuelos for best results.

- Sprinkle the buñuelos with cinnamon and sugar while they are still warm for maximum flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Buñuelos can be enjoyed on their own as a sweet snack, or served with a cup of hot chocolate for a traditional pairing.

Cooking Techniques

Deep frying is the traditional method for cooking buñuelos, but they can also be baked in the oven for a healthier alternative.

Ingredient Substitutions

Vegetable oil can be used in place of shortening.

- Whole wheat flour can be used in place of white flour for a healthier option.

Make Ahead Tips

The dough for buñuelos can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before frying.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the buñuelos on a platter sprinkled with powdered sugar for a festive presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Buñuelos pair well with a cup of hot chocolate, coffee, or champurrado, a traditional Mexican hot chocolate drink.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Buñuelos are best enjoyed fresh, but can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes until warm and crispy.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of buñuelos contains approximately 200 calories.


Each serving of buñuelos contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of buñuelos contains approximately 5 grams of fats.


Each serving of buñuelos contains approximately 3 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Buñuelos are not a significant source of vitamins and minerals.


Buñuelos contain gluten and eggs.


Buñuelos are a delicious treat that is best enjoyed in moderation due to their high carbohydrate and calorie content.


Buñuelos are a delicious and crispy fried dough treat that is perfect for special occasions and holidays. Enjoy them with a cup of hot chocolate for a traditional and comforting treat.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of discovering this recipe for the first time is a cherished one. It was many years ago, when I was just a young girl living in El Salvador. I remember it like it was yesterday - the warm, sunny day when I first tasted the delicious Buñuelos that a kind neighbor had made for me.

I was always fascinated by cooking, even as a child. I would watch my mother and grandmother in the kitchen, absorbing their every move and learning from them. But it wasn't until that day when I tasted the Buñuelos that I truly fell in love with cooking.

The neighbor who made the Buñuelos for me was a sweet old lady named Doña Maria. She was known throughout the neighborhood for her amazing cooking skills, and her Buñuelos were legendary. I had heard tales of their deliciousness, but nothing could have prepared me for the taste sensation that awaited me.

As I bit into the warm, crispy Buñuelo, my taste buds exploded with delight. The dough was perfectly fried to a golden brown, and the sugar sprinkled on top added just the right amount of sweetness. I was in heaven.

I couldn't help myself - I had to ask Doña Maria for the recipe. She chuckled at my eagerness, but agreed to show me how to make the Buñuelos. And so, that afternoon, I found myself in her tiny kitchen, watching in awe as she effortlessly whipped up a batch of the delicious treats.

Doña Maria explained each step to me in detail, and I soaked up every word like a sponge. From mixing the dough to shaping the Buñuelos to frying them to perfection, I learned it all. And when the time came to taste the finished product, I knew that I had found my calling.

From that day on, I made Buñuelos every chance I got. I would spend hours in the kitchen, perfecting my technique and experimenting with different flavors. Sometimes I would add a pinch of cinnamon to the dough, or a splash of vanilla extract. Other times, I would fill the Buñuelos with creamy custard or sweet jam.

As I grew older, I continued to hone my skills in the kitchen. I learned new recipes from friends and family, and even created a few of my own. But no matter how many dishes I mastered, the Buñuelos always held a special place in my heart.

Over the years, I shared the recipe with countless friends and family members. I taught my own children how to make Buñuelos, and even passed the recipe down to my grandchildren. And now, as I sit here reminiscing about that fateful day when I first tasted Doña Maria's Buñuelos, I can't help but feel grateful for the gift of cooking that she gave me.

The recipe for El Salvador Buñuelos will always hold a special place in my heart. It is a reminder of where I come from, and of the love and passion that I have poured into my cooking over the years. And every time I make a batch of Buñuelos, I am transported back to that sunny day in Doña Maria's kitchen, surrounded by the sights, sounds, and smells of my beloved El Salvador.


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