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Churros are kind of the Spanish version of donuts. Taco Bell ripped them off with their Cinnamon Twists. The original Spanish churros were made with just flour and water (maybe some oil) dough but nowadays in Mexico, churro batter is enriched with eggs, butter and sugar. In chatting with my pal Hector about this, we concluded that the Mexican churros must have been influenced by French invaders (much like Mexican bolillos are very similar to French baguettes). And because butter and eggs are tastier than no butter or eggs, and because I’m from Texas and that is way closer to Mexico than to Spain, I’ve made the Mexican churros here.

The churro dough is basically a choux pastry (or paté a choux) which is the same used to make gougeres and eclairs. The difference is that instead of being baked, it is fried in this case. The dough itself is pretty bland, but the roll in cinnamon-sugar makes up for that. Roll them while they’re still warm so the sugar sticks and melts a little and makes a crunchy shell.

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Churros

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  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 20-24

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups oil for frying (corn, peanut, canola, light olive)
  • For coating, mix together in a shallow dish:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Combine water, butter, sugar and salt in a medium pot and bring to boil over medium heat.
  2. Turn off heat and add flour all at once. Stir briskly until a ball forms.
  3. Turn into a large bowl or mixing bowl. Let cool 5 minutes.
  4. Beat eggs with vanilla in a small bowl.
  5. Mix in half the eggs either with a wooden spoon or electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Mix in remaining egg until smooth.
  6. Heat 2-3 inches of oil to 350ºF.
  7. Set up a piping bag with a 1/2 inch star tip (I used a Wilton 4B) and fill with half the dough or fill a churrera fitted with a star tip.
  8. Squeeze 3-4 inch lengths of dough into hot oil. Use your non-dominant hand to squeeze and your dominant hand to cut lengths off with scissors or a knife.
  9. Fry 4 churros at a time for 2-3 minutes on each side. Turn them with a slotted spoon.
  10. When golden brown, remove to paper-lined tray to drain.
  11. While still warm, gently coat with sugar/cinnamon mixture.
  12. Serve hot.

Notes

Dough may be made a day before and stored in an airtight container overnight. Fried and sugared churros may be kept warm in a low oven for up to an hour. Arrange on a rack over a baking sheet in a 200-250ºF oven.

Nutrition info is estimated

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 163

119 Comments

  1. michelle on May 2, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    How much flour? You forgot to put flour in your written recipe. I figured probably around a cup or cup and half, am I close? 🙂

    • Hilah on May 3, 2014 at 8:54 am

      It was one cup, Michelle. Sorry about that! It’s fixed.

      • Lorraine on September 7, 2016 at 6:22 pm

        Hi im crying over here im pregnant and want churros. When i add the flour its extremely watery why? Doesnt come out right when im doing your exact measurements. Makes me feel so stupid n frustrated.

        • Hilah on September 7, 2016 at 6:54 pm

          Don’t cry, Lorraine!
          When you’re making the dough it’s very important to bring the liquids to a boil before adding the flour for it to thicken properly.
          But now you can just put it in the fridge and let it cool. It will harden enough to pipe into the oil once it’s cooler.
          Sorry you are feeling bad. 🙁

    • hi on October 26, 2016 at 5:46 am

      how many dose it make ? i need ansow now help

      • Hilah on October 26, 2016 at 7:17 am

        As noted on the recipe card, near the top, it makes 20-24 small churros

  2. Sriram Ramkrishna on May 2, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Man.. my arm hurts for you.. ugh! 🙂

  3. adrian on May 3, 2014 at 7:19 am

    How much flour?

    • Hilah on May 3, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Oops! One cup. Fixed that. Sorry, Adrian! It’s very unusual for me to leave out an ingredient like that.

      • Kristina on February 20, 2016 at 5:45 pm

        Hi Hilah, so I watched your video not to long ago and I thought the churros turned out great! But I was wondering if you could do a churro sandwich! Love all your videos! Thx

      • adrian on April 30, 2016 at 9:02 am

        omg you replied to me 😀 and I’ve just noticed now. 2 years since I’ve asked :D, I’m feeling a little peckish and my tummy says “churros!!”. Love your videos and your work, lots of love from Poland :))

  4. Amber Boegly on May 4, 2014 at 12:01 am

    These sound great! Although…is there a good way to use different flavors for these? I can’t stand cinnamon, so I figured I could try something else…like chocolate maybe?

    • Hilah on May 4, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Ooh, yes I bet cocoa powder mixed with sugar would be delicious. Or if you can find vanilla flavored sugar, that would be good, too!

      • alex on February 6, 2016 at 3:53 pm

        you could scrape the seeds of a vanilla pod and then mix them in sugar

        • Nancy on March 11, 2016 at 5:47 am

          I’ve actually just filled a large mason jar up with regular white sugar and placed the pods did in it. Within a week, vanilla flavoured sugar…

  5. Lisa Rivas on May 4, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I just made this recipe. So tasty! I made so many I had to invite some friends over.

    • Hilah on May 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      That’s marvelous, Lisa! So happy the churros turned out. I’m sure your friends will thank you. 🙂

  6. marlee on May 22, 2014 at 4:02 am

    hi i made these a week ago and they were great so easy but instead of piping them i rolled them into long pieces and they worked out fine. thanks hilah 🙂

    • Hilah on May 22, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Hi Marlee! Thanks for sharing that tip! I’m sure many people don’t have a piping bag. 🙂 Glad you liked the churros!

  7. Tyler on June 3, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Your electric fryer bucket looks great! I’d hate to use more oil than necessary in a larger fryer. Can you post the details of this appliance?
    Thanks and I love your videos!

    • Hilah on June 4, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Hi Tyler! It’s called a FryDaddy and it uses about 4 cups of oil. You can buy one here.
      Thanks for writing!

      • Farra on June 20, 2014 at 11:14 pm

        Hi! I want to make churros by today..

  8. Nicole on June 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

    For the frying can you use pure vegetable oil?

    • Hilah on June 25, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Yes, that’s fine!

  9. Clarissa on July 22, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Have you tried to make them with half flour half maseca.

    • Hilah on July 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      I haven’t. I don’t know how it would work.

  10. Desiree on August 4, 2014 at 9:03 am

    salted or unsalted butter ?????

    • Hilah on August 4, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Hi Desiree,
      Either will work, but I always use unsalted in baking and cooking recipes.

  11. Desiree on August 5, 2014 at 4:59 am

    is the butter salted or unsalted?

  12. Desiree on August 5, 2014 at 4:59 am

    thx

  13. Cassie on August 17, 2014 at 2:08 am

    These came out amazing! Thank you for the recipe. I had so much fun making and sharing these.

    • Hilah on August 17, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Fantastic to hear that, Cassie! Everybody loves a churro 😉

  14. Yshmaela Abrera on August 27, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Hello! I’m a 2nd year college student and I am taking up the course Hotel and restaurant management. So i have a culinary subject and I was assigned to do some pastry and I chose your churros recipe. I have made it this morning and it tasted so delicious! Even my professor was amazed by the taste. Thank you so much! 🙂

    • Hilah on August 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      So glad to hear that, Yshmaela! That brings a smile to my face 🙂

  15. Bailey on October 31, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Hi! I used these for my Spanish class for our Day Of The Dead party and everyone loved them! Thank you!

    • Hilah on November 1, 2014 at 10:54 am

      Fantastic! Thanks for the churros update, Bailey!

  16. Renzo on November 7, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Hi! Just wanna ask for the weight of the butter. Thanks!

  17. bailey on November 19, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    are these like the churros from taco bell

    • Hilah on November 21, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Hi Bailey,
      I think these are close to Taco Bell churros but maybe a little less crunchy?

  18. ayanna on December 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Hi i am a ten year old girl who loves to cook and bake but i hate to clean i want you to personaly train me how to cook i know you are going to say no but it was worth a shot i made them today and they were deliciouse i made them for my class and they loved them i made 100 of them and they were all gone there were only 26 people there at the time they were crazy over them i luv your recipics hope you say yes bye

    • Hilah on December 22, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Hi Ayanna!
      I’m so glad to hear you have discovered the joys of cooking and baking. Cleaning is definitely the worst part of it, though 😉
      I don’t do personal lessons, but it sounds like you will have great success learning from my videos.
      That is so great that your churros came out well and that your class loved them!

  19. ayanna on December 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    One more thing what will happen of you use one egg instead of two

  20. Ashley on December 23, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Wonderful Recipe, turned out perfect!

  21. Erica on January 5, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Will using a cookie press work?

    • Hilah on January 5, 2015 at 8:59 am

      It very well might, Erica! Good thinking. The churro dough seems like it would be thick enough to work in a press. If you try it, let me know how it goes!

  22. leela on January 14, 2015 at 10:35 am

    recovering from major surgery, 1 month post op and I’m getting off my but to make these. yummy

    • Hilah on January 14, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Good for you, Leela! Enjoy!

  23. gloria on January 25, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    what can I use instead of sinamin

  24. Nay Chi on February 7, 2015 at 6:01 am

    I made a plate full of churros and it very successful! My family loved it and i made at least 20-25 of it and the 3 of us finished it very fast, though my mom thought it should be a little more crispier. I’m definitely sharing this recipe! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

    • Hilah on February 11, 2015 at 8:30 am

      That’s great, Nay Chi! 😀 Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  25. Sherril on February 8, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Hilah
    I have made churros recently but the recipe I used did not call for eggs…they turned out great …what does adding egg do for the dough/texture/taste?

    Wondering if you could form the raw Churro dough place on a cookie sheet freeze and cook at a later time as needed?

    • Hilah on February 11, 2015 at 8:26 am

      Hi Sherill!
      I haven’t tasted a recipe without eggs so I can’t compare. If you try these, I’d love to hear what you think about the difference in taste/texture.
      I suspect that freezing the logs of churro dough would work just fine, but again have not tried it so I can’t be sure. Great question, though!

  26. suzi on February 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Can we use wheat all purpose flour?

    • Hilah on February 14, 2015 at 10:16 am

      That will probably work, Suzi, but I haven’t tried it myself.

  27. violet on February 25, 2015 at 2:12 am

    i just tried making these today. SO GOOD! thank you! 🙂

  28. Grace Libarios on March 11, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Hello,I just want to ask where to keep the dough overnight and how can we keep the churros crisspy in a long time ?.thanks and God bless

    • Hilah on March 12, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Hi Grace,
      Keep the dough in the refrigerator overnight if you need to make it ahead of time.
      Churros don’t stay crispy a long time. If you need to keep them for a couple of hours, you can put them on a baking sheet in a 200ºF oven to keep warm and they will stay pretty crispy. There’s not a way to keep them longer than that.

  29. Random 13 girl on March 18, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Delicious! The first time I made I ate most of them before my family could get there hands on them oops… Then I made them again today and me and my sister watched Netflix while munching on them and they were gone within minutes.They are great!
    Keep it up!

  30. Sarah on March 18, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Omg! I’m pregnant and was craving these. I made them and gobbled them ALL up! Thank you so much cool lady!

  31. Iqa on March 20, 2015 at 5:31 am

    My choux pastry are too soft and very sticky , can u give a tips ? Can i add a little bit of flour ?

    • Hilah on March 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Iqa,
      The dough is a fairly soft dough. You can add a little more flour if it’s really soft, or try putting it in the refrigerator for a few minutes. That will make it easier to work with, too.

  32. Lilly on March 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Hi! These look really good but I was wondering if it is compulsory to add egg in it. I have to do this for my spanish project and I can’t eat egg. Like does the egg add flavor to it and can you taste the difference without the egg?

    • Hilah on March 21, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Hi Lilly,
      I have never tried to make this recipe without egg, but I have seen churro recipes without egg so you could try it. If I were you, though, I would look around for another recipe online that doesn’t have eggs.

  33. Sydney on March 21, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Hi!

    I am using this recipe for my office/work potluck. I only problem is this event happens in the middle of the day and the warmth of the churros will be gone. Do you have to heat it? And is there a taste difference?

    Love these though!!

    • Hilah on March 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Hi Sydney,
      The biggest concern I have is that they will be soggy. I suggest frying them in the morning before work, then coat in sugar/cinnamon and cool completely on a rack in a baking dish. Once cool, cover with a dishtowel and some foil with holes poked in it. They will not be warm but they might still be crunchy by lunch time.

  34. meredith on March 21, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I dont have to measure the temperature on the stove it just has low through high. So how do I know if its 350 degrees

    • Hilah on March 22, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      Hi Meredith,
      You need a deep frying or candy thermometer to check the oil temperature accurately. One trick that will tell you the oil is about 350 degrees is to put a wooden spoon into the oil and if you see bubbles form around the wood, the oil is hot enough.

  35. Lilly on March 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Is cinnamon compulsory or can you just go with sugar?

    • Hilah on March 24, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      It’s traditional, but not compulsory. They might be a little one-dimensional without it, though. If you don’t have or don’t like cinnamon I’d try some vanilla sugar or even some lemon or orange zest mixed in with the sugar. That would probably be nice.

  36. Kyla on March 25, 2015 at 1:52 am

    I tried this for the first time last week but today I tried it again but I failed, it turned out thinner than the first one. Lol im not a cook though

    • Amy on June 5, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Mine came out so thin it turned into funnel cake. It wasn’t bad but I still want churros.

      • Hilah on June 6, 2016 at 11:18 am

        Hmm, I wonder what went wrong? What size are your eggs? I always use large eggs but maybe extra-large eggs would be too much additional liquid and could account for that.

  37. Sydney on March 25, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I don’t have a piping bag? is it ok for me to hand roll then and then fry them? Thanks!

    • Hilah on March 26, 2015 at 6:17 am

      Hi Sydney!
      Other people have done it that way and say it works! You could also try using a heavy-duty Zipoc bag (like the freezer kind) and put the dough in that and snip the corner off to make a basic piping bag.

  38. rahael peer on June 11, 2015 at 9:46 am

    I´ll Need it in german. 🙂

    But it is a really good recipe

  39. Ilham khan on July 9, 2015 at 6:40 am

    I don’t usually cook and even if I do, I don’t really succeed! haha .. ANyways, but this one was such a hit! I tried it the exact same way you did, it turned out to be PERFECT!! my family loved it! 🙂 I’m looking forward to trying out more recipes from your channel soon… keep cooking! you’re too good

    • Hilah on July 13, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      That’s great! Thanks, Ilham!

  40. Rosario on July 10, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Loved it best easiest sweet snack ever!

    • Hilah on July 13, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Awesome!

  41. Austin on August 3, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Hi! I just had my very first taste of Churros from S&R and I thought it tasted like that cereal we used to eat when we were kids, I can’t remember the name. But I also thought it was a yeast dough because there were some characteristics of a yeast dough there but am surprised when you used a pate a choux! I also thought of that being used but I was not sure that it could be deep fried. Btw, can I use oil instead of butter? I don’t want to use butter for my pate a choux.

    • Hilah on August 3, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Hi Austin! Was it Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal?
      I have never heard of making pate a choux with oil. Intuitively, it does not seem like it would work.

  42. katie on September 3, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    hey i love to cook and i was thinking of making thesse! but chucked out my deep fryer would i be able to use an air fryer

    • Hilah on September 4, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Hey Katie! I have never used an air fryer so I really have no clue. Do you still have the manual for it? If you are able to fry donuts in it, you could probably fry churros, too.

  43. Parnika on October 17, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Hey,

    I liked your Recipe for Churros, but what if i want to make them without eggs? won’t they taste that great? can you please help me with a recipe that does not have eggs?

    Can we make the dough and keep for 2-3 days? and just keep frying when we want to eat?

    • Hilah on October 18, 2015 at 8:41 am

      I have no idea what will happen if you make this without eggs. You would be better off searching for an egg free churros recipe online.
      If you make this recipe, though, you can keep the dough for a couple days as long as it’s covered tightly (press plastic wrap onto the surface) to keep it from drying out.

  44. Urvika on October 30, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Easy and nice…! Good job!
    P.S: You are hilarious

  45. Khymm on November 2, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Hi! 🙂 Is it ok to use mixer, in mixing with those eggs?

    Please reply!

    xoxo

    • Hilah on November 2, 2015 at 8:36 am

      Hi, yes you can use a mixer

  46. Joann on November 9, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    my daughter made these for my birthday today, they were delicious and easy to make we will be using this recipe in the future thank you for the churros and for your video.we enjoy watching you.we even told a joke about the donut and The churro so.

    • Hilah on November 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Aww! Happy birthday, Joann! Glad you enjoyed the churros 🙂 and the jokes 😉

  47. sheng on November 25, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Hi. I just want ask what cup you use for a water and flour? can you tell me the detail like in ml or gram? thank you!

    • Hilah on November 26, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Hi Sheng,
      1 cup of water is about 240 mL
      1 cup of flour is about 125 grams

  48. Maha on December 8, 2015 at 6:15 am

    Hello
    Do we have to use the butter or it work without it ?

    • Hilah on December 8, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      No, it will not work without butter

  49. Jason on January 14, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Hey Hilah!! I love this recipe! My family loved them, and not to brag but I’m the best cook in my family 🙂 They asked how I made them and I just told them I watched your video so thank you so much ???? ????

  50. Yvonne on January 25, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I found when i cooked them in oil they didnt taste very nice but i did the other half in the oven… omg it was like little bites of heavan. I kove how simple the recipe is amd hardly any washing up 🙂

    • Hilah on January 26, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Hi Yvonne,
      Can you share how you cooked them in the oven? What temp and time? Thanks! Glad you liked them.

  51. Sita on January 28, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Hi hilah thanx for your recepi..the taste was amazing..love it. The smell from vanilla swing your mind..sooo good…thx from Jakarta..

  52. Paulette on February 6, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Hi Hilah.

    Can you tell me why…if this is a pate a choux why do the churros not stay crispy overnight. Cream puffs if not filled do stay nice overnight?

    • Hilah on February 6, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      That is an excellent question, Paulette! I’d guess it’s because of the sugar, which is hydrophilic. It never occurred to me before now that if you made the churros but didn’t sugar them, they could probably be made ahead of time without getting soggy!

  53. Ron on February 17, 2016 at 4:06 am

    You’re so funny and cute! Love your recipes! Going to try some of them tonight 🙂

  54. elly on February 19, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Hi Hilah! Thank you for the recipe and the video,, i like your joke hehe,, and tonight is my first try this recipe and my husband totally love it.. Thanks,, wanna try another recipe,,

  55. Dwight on March 17, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Hi! i was wondering if you have to have use the FryDaddy or you can just use a pot.

    • Hilah on March 18, 2016 at 8:26 am

      You can use a deep pot

  56. Tito on March 24, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Great recipe!

  57. Hugo Tolentino on April 4, 2016 at 7:32 am

    I made your churros they were amizing

  58. PP on August 21, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I’m planning on making this batter ahead of time. After refrigerating the batter do you have to pull it out of the fridge early and let it come to room temperature before frying?

    • Hilah on August 21, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Hi PP! No, you can fry it cold straight from the fridge. It will be quite firm and take some hand strength to squeeze it out. Definitely recommend using a real piping bag and not a ziploc bag if you are piping cold churros dough.

  59. PATSY on August 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Dear Hilah,
    I was LOLling at your churro joke
    Love this recipe so much (I gained 7lbs this week oops!!!– my doctor is really angry at me)
    BEST RECIPE EVER!!!

    • Hilah on August 22, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Heehee! So glad to hear, Patsy! About the joke and the churros, not that you are in trouble with your doctor 😉

  60. olivia on August 24, 2016 at 12:54 am

    hello! i was wondering if this would as well as the butter as it would oil. can you use oil instead of butter or will it mess up everything? thank you!

    • Hilah on August 27, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Hi Olivia! I’m not sure. I think it would work but I have not tried it

  61. Lizzz on September 14, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Can i use vegtable oil instead of butter

    • Hilah on September 14, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Yes, I think that will work

  62. Gabby on November 8, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I was really excited to make your churro but when I was making the dough it was very thin and I didn’the know what to do. Do have any tips?

    • Hilah on November 10, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Hi Gabby,
      I’ve not had this happen to me in the dozens of times I’ve made them so I’m not sure what could have happened. Did you try refrigerating the dough and then piping it?

  63. Henry M. on January 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Followed the recepie and it was delicious. Thank you.

    • Hilah on January 2, 2017 at 9:27 am

      Glad to hear that, Henry!

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