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Mexico — By Laura Nazimiec on May 13, 2010 at 8:44 pm
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Mexico City Eats: Bunuelos

One of the highlights of a visit to Mexico City is sampling a wide array of traditional Mexican foods, drinks and deserts.  There are many excellent cafes, bars and restaurants located throughout the city, though you may be surprised to discover that some of the tastiest fare can be found at street stalls, markets and festivals.

Mexico City Bunuelos

Bunuelos are one of many delicious snacks that are sold inexpensively on the streets of Mexico City.  They are traditional Mexican fritters, doughnuts or crisp pastries made from a wheat-based dough that is flattened and shaped to resemble a thick pancake, rolled into a ball or twisted into a thin strip.  The dough is then deep fried and topped with brown sugar, cinnamon, guava, honey or sweet syrup.

Bunuelos originated in Spain.  They are believed to reflect the Arab heritage of settlers to the Iberian Peninsula and therefore not purely Spanish in tradition.  Bunuelos were introduced into Mexico and the Americas by the Spanish settlers.  Despite their common origin, today differing variations of the desert exist throughout Latin America, Europe and in other parts of the world.

Surely you’ll want to taste bunuelos on your next visit to Mexico City.  The food cart pictured above is located just off Plaza Hidalgo along Calle Aguayo (map) in the Coyoacán neighborhood of Mexico City, but you can find others like it scattered street-side throughout the city as well as in the markets and at local fairs and festivals.


Photo Credit: Laura Nazimiec

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