Recipe Yield

16 churros

Cooking time

25 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.63 from 8 votes


  • Canola oil for frying plus 1/4 cup
  • 1 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon plus 1/2 teaspoon
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Cajeta or dulce de leche optional dipping sauce

To Prepare

  • In a large, heavy and extended casserole, or cast iron, high-sided skillet, heat about 1 1/2-inches of canola oil over medium heat until the oil temperature reaches 350 degrees (or test with a piece of tortilla or bread; it’s ready when the oil bubbles actively all around it). It will take awhile to heat, so get this started before making the dough.
  • On a large plate, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the water, 1/4 cup oil, vanilla extract, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the flour all at once, turn off the heat and use a wooden spoon to stir vigorously until the mixture forms a dough as smooth as possible with no flour lumps. It will take about 2 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip or a churro press. Pipe the dough into about 6 to 8-inch pieces (or if you want to replicate a churro store, pipe a rope-like dough of about 24-inches) and carefully place in oil. Fry for about 3 to 4 minutes, until golden and crisp, flipping in between. Use tongs to remove them and place on a paper towel lined baking sheet or drying rack.
  • While the churros are still very hot, toss them in the sugar and cinnamon mixture to coat. If desired, serve with cajeta or dulce de leche as a dipping sauce and Mexican hot chocolate on the side.


63comments inChurros

  1. Richard Borders

    Dec 19

    My favorite cooking show !

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 07

      Thanks so much, yay!

  2. Diana

    Dec 10

    Hola Pati. I have an electric stove top. When you say turn off the heat, should I move the pan away to ensure there is no residual heat from the lingering hot surface?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 02

      Remove you pan from the stove once your dough is formed and then let it cool Diana 🙂

  3. Jane McKelvy Corbin

    Dec 09

    I have to try this!! Thank you!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 02

      Enjoy them! A cup of hot chocolate always helps 🙂

  4. Toni

    Dec 09

    They are so tasty and great by there self or with milk .

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 02

      Yes, with a glass of fresh cold milk, yum!!!

  5. Katherine McAlpine Ethridge

    Oct 25

    I love your recipes and watching your program on television.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 26

      Thanks so much Katherine, un abrazo!

  6. Kent

    Jul 21

    Hola Pati!
    I am wondering if people ever add vanilla and/or cinnamon to the dough for a little flavor? I’ve also seen a recipe that adds eggs to the dough. Are ther as many different recipes as there are cooks? I’m a huge fan of churros, but this is my first time making my own.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 16

      Hi Kent, you are absolutely correct, there are as many ways to make churros as there are cooks and even families! I think adding a bit of vanilla to the dough would be a delicious idea! Enjoy!

  7. Kenny

    May 07

    made these for the first time.. thanks for sharing your recipe. They are delicious! Question, mine were sticking to the pan when put in the hot oil, is that normal?

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 15

      Maybe your oil was not hot enough? Or it was a bit overcrowded 😉

  8. Eliana

    Jan 22

    Haciéndoles ahorita.🥰

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 23

      Que rico! Cuentame si te gustaron Eliana 🙂

  9. Kimberly

    May 02

    Hello Pati! Thank you for posting a REAL churro recipe. My kiddos really enjoyed the churros : )

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 07

      Thanks to you for giving it a chance Kimberly, greetings to the kids!

  10. Lexy

    Mar 24

    Hola Pati!! What are your thoughts on freezing churros? I live by myself and wonder if they would freeze/reheat in oven well! I cant say thank you enough for the joy your show and spirit have brought me during the pandemic!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 25

      Hi Lexy! Thanks for reaching out 🙂 More that freezing the churros, I think I would rather freeze the dough, then thaw and fry when you feel like having more churros. Enjoy!

  11. Rasha.

    Jan 15

    Hello from the country of kangaroos (Australia).
    I’ve tried ur recipe today,I think I’ve done 2 mistakes ,so if you can help that would brilliant. Mistake instead of putting 4 (1/2 cup flour) to get a total of 2 cups,I put 4 (1/3 cup flour)
    2. I heated the oil till 350 as mentioned above.

    Color of churros was perfect,crispy but a lot of them were hollow (so just crunch outside and nothing inside).
    Is it coz of the mistake I’ve done with flour perhaps?

    Thank you kindly in advance for your reply.
    Will do it again 1000000% but with no mistakes next time.(hopefully)

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 16

      Hola Rasha, thanks for following from Australia! Definitely you were missing flour, 2/3 of a cup actually. Next time make sure you have the 2 full cups. Good luck!

  12. Yesenia

    Dec 09

    I tried this tonight. I had never made churros ever, this recipe was easy and delicious.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 11

      So glad you liked the churros Yesenia, yay!

  13. Maricelys

    Jul 25

    First time I tried to make churros…so easy…highly recommend…my 15 ask me to make them all the time now…

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 26

      Haha! If teen approved then you know these are good, enjoy Maricelys!

  14. Carlos C Villarreal

    May 03

    where can I purchase a Churro Making Gun like you and your son used on your show aired on 05/03/2020…

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 03

      Hola Carlos, I have seen them in Williams-Sonoma but I am sure you can get them on Amazon as well 😉


    Mar 03

    Hi Pati do you remember I was ask you about Churros” Recipe that I was missing 10 minutes from your show last 3 Weekes ago and after you sent the Recipe to me and I made that Churros” and follow your recipe was so nice and I love it with dipping Sauce hot chocolate love so much I can’t stop Eats that Churros” and thanks so much from you Pati that you are sent to me Churros” Recipe love your show From Vanessa 6 stars to you Pati

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 04

      My pleasure! 😉

  16. Nadine

    Nov 14

    hello Patti
    thank you !! I made these tonight and they were a hit .. my nephew told me it 5 stars.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 16

      Aww say thank you to your nephew for me, Nadine.

  17. Tina Villescas

    Aug 25

    I made your Churros yesterday and they were a big hit! My husband, who doesn’t like sweets, couldn’t stop eating them! I had difficulty half-way through with the churros splitting open. I had the dough in the bag so it didn’t dry out. What was I doing wrong? I would like to find a solution before Christmas so I can surprise my family Christmas morning with Churros & Hot Chocolate. Love you & your show.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 03

      I’m so glad they were a hit, Tina! Try making the churros shorter so they don’t split.

  18. Carlos Ayala

    Aug 06

    I’ve always had a love for churros, but for so long, I thought just choux pastry was the main dough for them. So it was interesting to see your version of it, which doesn’t have any eggs in it (But maybe that’s why they looked even better, because they looked so much fluffier than the choux ones 😉 ). And I know it says to serve with Dulce de Leche/Cajeta as a dipping sauce. Which I like, but I’m also a big chocolate sauce fan. And I’ve seen other chefs make dipping sauces with disks of Mexican chocolate, similar to a ganache. Would that go well with these churros too?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 07

      Chocolate would be great too, Carlos!

  19. Roger Moreau

    Oct 19

    I watch your show every chance I get on PBS. They were showing a ‘Patti’s Mexican Table’ marathon last weekend on PBS and I was elated. I am presently watching you on PBS on a feature called ‘Women of Oaxaca’. I love how you incorporate your knowledge of Mexico’s Regional History into what you are cooking for a particular show. The incorporation of your family into the program is a plus for your program. I am Cajun French from Central Louisiana where cooking food is very much part of our culture. We spend as much time preparing the meat as we do cooking. I look forward to watching all of your shows including the re-runs.

    1. Pati

      Oct 19

      Thank you so much, Roger! I hope you continue to enjoy the show.

  20. Sarah Reichert

    Jan 07

    I found your show on Amazon and watch it with my youngest daughter almost every night. We love watching! We have been trying your recipes every day for the last 2 weeks. You have ignited a passion for cooking in my kitchen. I love to eat Mexican food but I really love to cook Mexican food! We made these churros this morning for breakfast. So delicious. Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes and for your terrific show. You are so fun to watch!

    1. Pati

      Jan 08

      Oh thank you so much Sarah! This made my day. Please say hello to your daughter for me!

  21. Laarni Manalang

    Nov 23

    Hola, chef Pati … i always watch your shows and love trying your recipes especially this one. Churros tasted sooooo very gooood! Thank you for sharing it.

    1. Pati

      Nov 27

      I’m so glad you liked them, Laarni!

  22. Georgette

    May 03

    Sweet Pati, I lived in Denver for twenty years and worked for a Spanish speaking doctor. Also went to a church where about 95% of my friends were from Texas. We were immersed in Hispanic culture. One of our favorite things to do was to cook together. Now that we live back in MI, we just cook our favorite recipes at home because they taste better than the restaurants, thanks to my Hispanic friends teaching. I love getting new ideas from your show and my Familia and AmigaOS get the benefit. I give you the credit when it’s your recipe. So blessed by you!

    1. Pati

      May 05

      Thank you so much Georgette! I’m excited to share more new ideas with you in Season Six!

  23. Regina D

    Apr 29

    Love your Show!?

    1. Pati

      May 01

      Thank you Regina!

  24. Louise Drath

    Jan 15

    I miss seeing you on Saturday morning here in Coos Bay Oregon.
    Your recipes are the best and always taste so good. Thank you
    I am excited to see you on line.
    Thank you

    Louise Drath

  25. Martha Sonja

    Jan 11

    Thank you for your easy and delicious recipes…am a 69 year old abuelita and would like to make those churros with my 2 granddaughters….i wish they had these cooking/baking shows when i was a lot younger and i would have been gutsy to join or compete since it also is my gift from above…anyway, circumstances in life
    did not allow me to take that journey so I just enjoy watching you
    and wishing you & your beautiful family God’s blessings always !!!
    Just to let you know that I can sense your sweet spirit…May our Lord always keep you!!!!!

    1. Pati

      Jan 12

      Wow, Martha! Thank you so much for your kind words. Blessings to you!!

  26. Francisco Hernandez

    Dec 26

    Hola Pati,me gustaria preguntarte si tu libro de rrecetas lo publicaste tamvien en Español
    Me gustaria enviarlo de regalo,

    Exelente progra con rriquisimas rrecetas,

    1. Pati

      Dec 28

      Gracias, Francisco! Por ahora solamente están mis libros en inglés, pero espero pronto estén también disponibles en español… El primero saliónen 2013 y el segundo sale en abril del 2016…

  27. Paige

    Nov 27

    ????Hola! Beautiful Pati! I’ve just watched my favorite episode of Pati’s Table. Of course, CHRROS❤️ & watching you cook with your first born Handsome Prince! He is Tall! So are we. I love cooking with my first born Prince…he is 6’6″ & isn’t it strange when it hits you out of the blue. Then you said,”Awww I got a hug when he was a little boy” & I know that exact feeling, i tell my son allways about how sweet he was to his Mommy when he was a little boy! I will watch, re-visit this episode when I am having a not so good day because it is the Best!
    Thank you for teaching me tortillas, tomato jam & all of your wonderful recipes & their culture. You are an Amazing teacher, lucky Boys of yours. Thank you for leaving the D.C. rat race & giving so much of your knowledgeable self. GRACIAS! GRACIAS! GRACIAS!

  28. Diana

    Sep 16

    Hola Pati! No sabia que era tan facil! Me encanta tu show! 🙂 Thanks a bunch! I love your cookware too! where can I find similar cookware?

    1. Pati

      Sep 20

      Thanks Diana! Pues algunas cosas que tengo ya están muy viejitas! Algunas vienen de México, algunas son de Le Creuset, algunas vienen de Tlaquepaque!

  29. Joanne Schryver

    Sep 01

    Others want to know where to buy the churro press. I found one from the 50s at a yard sale some yrs ago, but I don’t use it, it actually doesn’t work that well. Instead, I use a pastry bag with a large star tip attached to the end, it creates ridges that crisp up and work perfectly. If you want to find a churro press, perhaps look on…they have just about anything!

  30. Laura Martinez

    Aug 31

    Hola Paty no te he dado as gracias por mandarme la receta de la hamburgsa con choriso, ya las hice y me quedaron muy ricas, te agradesco el darme la recetas y te sigo felicitano por tu programa y tu familia que se nota que todos están orgullosos de sus raizes el mundo necesita mas gente como ustedes. Paty quiero pedirte si me puedes decir donde compraste tu churrera, con la que hiciste los churros con cajeta porque yo he buscado mucho aquí en El Paso Texas donde vivo y no he encontrado y encarge una por la computadora y estaba muy chica y frágil y se quebró. por favor te agradeceré mucho que me ayudes con eso quiero hacerles los churros a mi hija que le encantan,y por eso me gustaría saber donde puedo comprar esa maquinita para hacer esos churros que hiciste tan deliciosos. Gracias por todo y que sigas triunfando entodo lo que hagas, seguire viendo todos tus programas.

  31. Jackie

    Aug 28

    Churros look delicious! I’d like to get your churro making tool your son Alan used when he helped you make churros with cajeta. Where can i find it? Thank you Pati! Love your show!

  32. Barbara & Stanley Stephenson

    Jul 08

    Dear Patti. Watching you make Churros con Cajeta, which look really good. Where can you get the utincel for making them. The last message that I sent I called them “Crullers” . Thank you for your shows and look forward to seeing them.
    Thank you,
    Barbara and Stan Stephenson

  33. Louise Drath

    Apr 28

    I love your show and watch every week. I’ve tried some of the
    food you cook and have had great success. Thank You.
    Today I’m trying the Tomato Jam. Never heard of such a thing, but it looked good, so I’ll try it. Thank you very much.


    1. Pati

      Apr 29

      Let me know how you like it, Louise.

  34. Rosy

    Apr 20

    Muchas gracias Patty por otra receta! La cajeta con churros es una muy buena combinacion!!!!
    Gracias y muchos saludos!!

    1. Pati

      Apr 21

      Que bueno que te gusta!

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