Easy Spanish Churros

Avila Churros and chocolate coffee with milk
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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Servings: 6 servings

Churros are Spain's version of fried dough. They are famous throughout the world and delicious! 

Spanish churros are commonly enjoyed for breakfast or the Spanish afternoon snack called the merienda. They are the Spanish equivalent of doughnuts and are sold at cafes, churros bars, and at street vendor carts. Traditional Spanish churros come in a variety of shapes and sizes, the most common being a loop or a stick.

You can usually order churros by the plateful (a ración) or sometimes by the half plate (media ración). If ordering from a street cart, they may let you order the minimum amount, which is usually one Euro's worth. They'll come in a big paper cone that absorbs any excess oil.

These yummy sticks of fried dough are simple to make: basic versions include little more than flour, water, and salt. Churros are amazing when dipped in rich and creamy Spanish hot chocolate or sprinkled with sugar. Cinnamon is not a typical topping in Spain, but it is common with Mexican churros.


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  • For the Churros
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • For the Topping
  • Sugar or honey to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour frying oil into a large heavy-bottomed frying pan. Make sure there is about 2 inches of oil in the pan to cover the churros. There should be enough oil so that they float freely while frying. Set pan over medium high heat and begin to pre-heat the oil to 350 F to 375 F.

  3. In a medium saucepan, combine water, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, salt, and sugar. Stir, cover, and bring mixture to a boil.

  4. Combine flour and baking powder in a medium-sized mixing bowl and stir to combine.

  5. Once water mixture reaches a boil, slowly pour boiling water from the saucepan into the flour mixture, stirring constantly with a fork until it is a smooth dough without lumps.

  6. Immediately spoon dough into a churrera (a large cookie press) or a pastry bag.

  7. Carefully squeeze the dough into hot pre-heated oil (350 F to 375 F) and fry until golden brown.

  8. Remove with a slotted spatula or long-handled fork. Place on a paper towel to drain.

  9. Cut churros into manageable lengths. Sprinkle with sugar or drizzle with honey to taste, and serve.