Delicious Cheese Bunuelos Recipe

Indulge in the delightful cheesy sweetness of homemade bunuelos. These delightful treats are easy to make and bursting with cheesy goodness.


For the dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or your choice)
  • Oil for frying

For the sugar coating:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the melted butter, milk, and egg until well combined.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until a dough forms.
  4. Fold in the shredded cheese into the dough until evenly distributed.
  5. On a floured surface, knead the dough for a few minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  6. Divide the dough into small portions and roll each portion into a ball (about the size of a golf ball).

Frying the Bunuelos:

  1. Heat oil in a deep pan or pot over medium heat for frying.
  2. Flatten each dough ball slightly with your palm and then use a rolling pin to roll it out into a thin circle (about 1/8 inch thick).
  3. Carefully place the flattened dough into the hot oil and fry until golden brown on both sides, flipping once. This should take about 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Remove the bunuelos from the oil using a slotted spoon and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.

Coating and Serving:

  1. In a shallow dish, mix together the granulated sugar and cinnamon (if using) for the coating.
  2. While the bunuelos are still warm, roll them in the sugar mixture until they are evenly coated.
  3. Serve the cheese bunuelos warm and relish their delicious, cheesy sweetness!

Storage Tips

These bunuelos are best enjoyed fresh and warm, but you can store them in an airtight container for a day or two. Simply reheat them in the oven for a few minutes before serving if you wish to enjoy them later.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

These cheese bunuelos are delightful on their own, but you can elevate them further with various serving options and flavor twists:

Serving Ideas:

  • Dipping Sauces: Pair them with savory dips like salsa, guacamole, or a spicy cheese dip for a contrasting flavor experience.
  • Sweet Toppings: Drizzle with honey or maple syrup for an extra touch of sweetness.
  • Fruit Compote: Serve alongside a fruit compote or fresh fruit for a balanced and refreshing bite.

Flavor Variations:

  • Spicy Kick: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or chili powder to the dough for a spicy twist.
  • Herb Infusion: Incorporate chopped herbs like parsley or cilantro into the dough for a savory, herby taste.
  • Sweet and Savory: Experiment with a blend of cheeses like cheddar and parmesan for a more complex flavor profile.

Tips for Perfect Bunuelos

Dough Consistency:

  • Texture Check: Ensure the dough is elastic and smooth. Adjust with a little more flour or milk if needed for the right consistency.

Frying Technique:

  • Oil Temperature: Maintain a consistent medium heat for frying to achieve a golden-brown color without burning the bunuelos.
  • Even Cooking: Roll the dough evenly to ensure uniform cooking, resulting in crispy exteriors and soft interiors.

Storage and Reheating

If you have leftovers or plan to make these ahead:

  • Storage: Keep the cooled bunuelos in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days.
  • Reheating: To enjoy them later, reheat in the oven at a low temperature (about 300°F or 150°C) for a few minutes until they’re warm and crisp again.


These cheese bunuelos bring a unique blend of cheesy goodness and delightful sweetness. Whether as a snack, dessert, or a party treat, these flavorful morsels are sure to please your taste buds. Experiment with toppings, flavors, and dips to create your perfect cheese bunuelo experience!

This continuation adds serving ideas, flavor variations, tips for perfecting the bunuelos, and guidance on storing and reheating them, making the whole cheese bunuelos experience even more delightful!

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