There are always some special meals you need to try when visiting another country, in this case, if you are going to Spain, churros are one of those.
Today we won´t just show you how to make them using the real and authentic recipe, but we will also tell you about other ways of cooking them, just in case you don´t have the instruments or the ingredients. We´ll also give you some tips to make them taste better and we will share other facts that you might find interesting! Here is everything you need to know about the churros:
Making churros step by step
First of all, let´s begin with the recipe, so we can all start eating as soon as possible 😜.
Although people tend to think churros are very hard to make and they require a lot of time, its recipe is actually pretty simple. The only «special» thing you will need is a churro maker, which you can easily get in amazon, but other than that, the whole process is easy and it just takes about 20 minutes.
- About 250 grams of wheat flour.
- Same amount of water and wheat flour, 250 grams of water (1 cup).
- Sugar (As much as you like).
- Big amount of Oil.
- A pinch of salt.
- Kitchen paper.
- Churros maker.
The easiest recipe to make them:
- Grab a deep pan, place water and heat it with some salt added to it.
- In a different bowl pour the wheat flour.
- Once the water is boiling serve it to the bowl with the wheat flour and stir it together. At the end it will be all sticky.
- Place the dough in the churro maker.
- Make large portions of churros with the machine.
- In another pan, heat a big ammount of oil.
- Make sure the oil is hot enough and place the churros on it, later cook to medium temperature.
- Once the churros are fried, take them out of the pan and place them over a kitchen paper to soak up the oil.
- To finish add sugar to the churros.
- That´s it! Your churros are ready! Enjoy them!
What is a churro?: Meaning
Many people missunderstand the definition of churros, as depending on the country, you will find it cooked in different ways. Many of them, try to copy the Spanish version, but the one that really explains what churros are is the traditional Spanish churro recipe.
Here is the actual churros definition: Churros are a snack made out of a fried-dough, its color is between brown and yellow and the shape is usually a large shape or a semi-circle. It´s normally served with sugar or cinnamon.
How to make churros crispy?
It´s actually easier than what it seems, but it happens many time, that we end up feelng like the churros are a little bit softer than what we were expecting. The answer for this, is as simple as cooking over a lower heat. Instead of trying to do them faster with a high heat, put it lower and keep the churros for more time on the pan, you will realized at that same moment that the churros are more crispy.
How to make churros without a pastry bag
If you don´t have a churros maker or a pastry bag it´s really hard to make the churros, but it´s still posible. Once the dough is sticky try to put it in a plastic bag and cut the corner. Of course it wont be easy and it´s probably more annoying than the normal method, but give it a try.
How to make churros without a deep fryer
If you want to make fried churros, that will be your only option. But there are different ways to do churros, you can make baked ones, which are also very good and you won´t need a deep fryer.
Spanish churros with chocolate
The famous traditional Spanish churros always go with some hot chocolate! Okay not always, but many times. It is very common to see people eating churros with cup of hot chocolate.
Chocolate sauce for churros
Normally you would just order your churros and a chocolate cup to drink it, but many other times the chocolate is used as a sauce for the churros. Of course there are other sauces that can be used for churros but the traditional one is dipping the churros on your chocolate cup. It´s delicious.
Other Spanish churros dipping sauce
Maybe chocolate is not your favourite sauce and you still need something to go with the churros, there are other options. Some really good sauces that will work perfect with your churros are: the dulce de leche sauce, others use a mix of vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate and sometimes you can even see that people eat it with strawberry sauce. Choose your favourite!
Types of churros
The Spanish churros are the original ones, and definately the most famous ones. Starting from that point, different people have tried to create their own churros style. You may or may not like them as much as the original churros, but this only means that we get to try more varieties of churros, which is always good. Let´s see which of the different types of churros you like the most:
Vegan churros: Are churros vegan?
Many people ask the same question when visiting Spain: Are churros vegan? Well we have good news, because even churros are not the most healthy food you can find in Spain, it´s a vegan dish and that is something to celebrate. It´s really hard to find vegan food in the iberian peninsula, but luckily, one of the most traditional meals, the churros, is vegan. The reason why we decided to answer this question is because in other countries, where churros are famous, mostly south american countries, they sometimes use eggs for their recipes or even pig fat, which definately will not make churros a vegan food. So whenever you ask for churros make sure they give you the Spanish version.
Vegan churros recipe
So if you are trying to make your vegan churros, from what we said before, there is an easy conclution, your vegan churros recipe is the same as the common and authentic Spanish churros recipe. Scroll up to see the normal churros recipe.
If you like to eat one churro, imagine eating a whole cake of churros! Many people prefer to have cakes than the actual churros, and sometimes dulce de leche is added to this delicious cake. These gives it a special flavour which make it really hard to ressist.
Churros locos recipe
Churros locos are an speciality from Mexico. And as its name says the churros locos recipe is a crazy combination. The most important ingredient are the small churros you can make them or you can buy them in a churros grocery store, but later, you have to add vegetables like cucumbers or japanese nuts and on the top of it an spicy sauce. It´s not for everyone, but if you like food with a stong taste, give it a try.
Another variation of the traditional churros is the churros with Nutella. This could be seen in two different ways, the first option would be, just to have normal churros and use the Nutella as a dipping sauce.
The second option, and more famous, consists of introducig the nutella inside the churros. Which one would you rather have?
If you are looking for something sweet to use at a party, churros chips are the best for it. Every party need to have chips right? Your guests will have a nice surprise when they find out those chips are not normal. They look like normal chips, but the flavour taste more like churros. The key for this snacks is adding a layer of flour, cinnamon and sugar to the chips.
Spanish churros time
We could be eating churros all day long, no matter if it´s in the morning, mid day or even at night. They are always delicious. But the truth is that churros have a best time to be eaten:
Churros for breakfast
There is a tradition in Spain, it doesn´t happen every day, but when you are in a happy mood or in the special day, like a birthday, people wake up early in the morning to bring churros for breakfast for the rest of the family or whoever you want to share it with, even just for yourself. Having traditional Spanish churros is one of those pleasures that will make your day better!
It´s not as common, but sometimes churros are eaten after the Spanish late lunch, as a dessert. Following a good meal, enjoying one or two churros with a coffe as a dessert is a great choice before taking a siesta.
Spanish churros to go
They can be a snack too! If you couldn´t have them during the early morning, when going for a walk at mid day there are some churros shops in the spanish street and it´s really hard to resist the smell of the churros. So, taking your churros is also an option in Spain.
Spanish Churros origin
Where are churros originall from?? There are many stories about it. But a lot of people say that the origin of churros is not actually from Spain, neither from Portugal or South America, it is said that they originally come from China.
It is said, churros come from a Chinese pastry, known as youtiao. The youtiao consists in two breadsticks together without sugar and neither is eaten with hot chocolate like in the Spanish version.
Youtiao was introduced in the iberian peninsula by the Portuguese, and it was in that moment when the churros original recipe changed and added the sweet flavour. Later on, the Spanish people made the dish famous all over the world and brought it to South America.
More about the traditional Spanish churros history
That was the story that most believe and the one is heard the most but there are more myths about the churros history.
One of those theories says that the origin of churros comes from the spanish shepherds who used flour, water and salt, which are the same ingredients that are used for churros, to fry a dough and use it as a subtitute for fresh bakery goods or bread.
Churros con chocolate history
No matter if you believe or not the stories people tell about churros, there is one true thing about the churros history. The churros were brought to South America during the 16th century and there is where the Churros con chocolate tradition started.
Where to buy churros?
Churros are not really hard to make, but sometimes we either don´t have the ingredients to make them, we want to try the churros from special bakeries or we are just feeling to lazy to start cooking. If that´s the case and you don´t want to make your own churros, these are some of the places where you can buy churros:
Spanish churros bar:
If you are in Spain, going to a bar and ask for churros is a cheap and easy option, it wont be as expensive as going to a bakery. Finding a bar in Spain is also way easier than anything else. Almost every bar offers churros early in the morning.
Churros Wallmart and grocery stores
You can even find churros in a grocery store, places like Carrefour or Mercadona sell churros. Therefore, you will not have an excuse to not get churros to your family in the morning. Even if you are from the United States or Canada you can find a great variety of churros at Wallmart, and probably in many other countries as well.
The title doesn´t mean there is a Street called churros street (which by the way, there should be). It just means that all over Spain, there are different spots where the churrero (man who sells churros) goes with his van where he cooks the churros and starts selling them on the street. This is the most recommended option to get traditional Spanish churros, not just because is the most authentic one, but also because they have the fame of selling the best ones.
Now that you know where to buy churros,you just need to know what´s the price. Although it will change depending where you are at, in general you will be paying between 1-3 € for around 4-6 churros.
Churros San Ginés
The best churros in the world! That´s right, there is a place with the reputation of having the best ones. This place is called San Ginés and it is located in Madrid, Spain.
San Ginés is an old cafe. it´s probably one of the most traditional places in Spain, as it has been there since 1894, and it´s also (if you are lucky and patient) where you will find the best traditional Spanish churros.
It´s location, very close to Puerta del Sol, will not disappoint you either.
Spanish churros facts
- Churros are known in many countries as Spanish donuts
- Did you know that the original churros were the size of a breadstick? We would not be able to eat as many as we do today for sure!
- One Churro contains about 116 calories? Make your own conclusions.
- In Disneyland, about 2.8 million churros are sold per year.
- Depending on the country, churros are filled with different ingredients. In many South American countries churros wear Dulce de Leche inside.
Authentic Mexican churros recipe
Eventhough the original and authentic churros are the ones from Spain, Since the spaniards brought their churros recipe to South America, they have made a few changes and have also a delicious but different dish. Mexican churros are now very popular, they have expanded the word of churros all over the United States and America in general and that made churros become even more famous.
Churros, Mexican or Spanish?
The answer to this question is for you, as everyone has a different taste. But here are the main differences between Mexican churros and Spanish churros:
- First of all, Mexican churros always have a lot of cinnamon on it, while the Spanish churros only wear sugar.
- Mexican churros are sometimes served being cold, while Spanish churros could never be cold.
- The Mexican churros recipe sometimes wear eggs, while in the Spanish churros recipe you will never find eggs.
- Last of all, Spanish churros as a tradition, will go with chocolate on 90% of the time, it´s not necessary to eat Mexican churros with chocolate.