The perfect snack, these tasty churros with chocolate are as representative of Mexico as they are of Spain!
Drizzled with chocolate, sprinkled with sugar, or dunked into a dulce de leche. Popular across Latin America and the world, churros can be eaten in many different ways!
In Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico, they’re served with dulce de leche. In Cuba, the churros are filled with guava paste.
In the Philippines, they’re eaten while drinking the hot chocolate drink called tsokolate. In Portugal, they’re filled with jelly and called porras.
In Seville, Spain, they’re round in shape and a lot softer on the inside. In Uruguay, they’re filled with melted cheese.
Are Churros Mexican or Spanish?
While churros are a favorite Mexican snack, they originated on the other side of the world.
When the Portuguese visited China between the 13th and the 15th century, they brought back many culinary techniques that were new to Europe. One of these was the method to cook youtiao, a long stick-shaped deep-fried pastry from Southern China.
Churros spread across the Iberian peninsula and became in Spain. When the Spanish conquered Latin America, they took the recipe for the churros with them.
Well, that’s what one legend says.
Spain believes that the churros were invented by Spanish shepherds as a portable dish that was easy to cook over a hillside fire. And then probably named after the Navajo-Churro breed of sheep because they looked like the sheeps’ horns.
So were the churros invented in Spain before being brought to Latin America? Or were they a Chinese delicacy that was brought to the Iberian peninsula by Portuguese traders?
Or as the food historian Michael Krondl says, were they invented in Italy? Did you know there’s a recipe for a fritter made of flour in the 1st-century Roman cookbook called the Apicius that sounds a lot like churros?
Or were churros really invented somewhere else long before that? That’s anyone’s guess.
Whoever invented the churros, they are here to stay, and they taste delicious! And they can be made at home in less than 30 minutes.
Recipe Pointers For Mexican Churros
- Make double the dough and store in the refrigerator for a few days later!
- If the batter is too runny, add a few more spoons of flour.
- If the batter is too stiff, add a few more spoons of water.
- Fry only a handful of churros at a time.
- Roll the churros in the sugar while they’re still hot so that the sugar sticks.
- Churros taste best when served warm!
- If you don’t like chocolate, serve with a raspberry sauce, caramel sauce, or sweetened cream!
- Serve hot churros with ice cream for dessert!
FAQs about Mexican Churros with Chocolate
What do churros taste like?
Churros taste like chewier donuts that are soft inside and crispy outside.
Why are my churros raw inside?
If your churros are raw inside, it’s because your oil temperature is too high. The outside of the churro may be cooking faster than the inside, making it look like it’s fully cooked. Lower the temperature and allow it to cook evenly.
How long can you keep churro dough?
Churro dough can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days before cooking.
What’s the perfect temperature to fry churros?
Churros should be fried at 360º F to 380º F.
How can I get the perfect churro shape?
To get the perfect churro shape, use a piping bag with a star tip nozzle.
Can I reheat churros?
Yes, reheat the churros in an oven on a low setting to get them warm and crispier.
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup flour
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Dark chocolate
- 500 ml oil to fry
- Pour the water into a saucepan.
- When the water warms up, add the salt and butter and mix, and add the flour.
- When the dough is formed, take it in a separate bowl and add the egg.
- Stir the dough until the egg is well mixed and until the dough smooth.
- Add about 500 ml of oil to the frying pan and wait until it warms up.
- Pour the dough into a squeezing bag.
- Squeeze the dough piece into the heated oil and use a knife to separate the dough from the squeezing bag.
- Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- Strain your fried dough and then coat it in the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
- Melt the cream in a saucepan, add the chocolate, and mix.
- Serve the churros with the chocolate sauce!