Easy Churros with Chocolate Sauce

Easy Churros with a 5 minute batter are wonderfully easy to make with pantry ingredients and fly-off-the-plate delicious!

Churros with perfectly crunchy outsides, tender insides and cinnamon and sugar all over. These fried morsels are positively addicting and will be the hit of every party (hello Cinco de Mayo)!  I’ve included tips and tricks, problem solving and how to make  photos for the best homemade churros ever!

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I have loved churros ever since I was a little girl wandering the streets of Tijuana.  Growing up in San Diego, Tijuana was less than an hour away and a favorite day trip destination bursting with the colorful splendor of street vendors selling jewelry, purses, sandals, trinkets and of course, churros.  The glorious churros with their crispy exteriors and dusting of cinnamon and sugar served straight out of the greasy bag will forever be one of my favorite Tijuana memories – and now a delicious memory you can make at home!

If you have never made homemade churros before, you are going to be amazed – and ecstatic – at just how easy they are!  While they are not quite as simple as my Churro Bites, from-scratch churros only require a few simple pantry friendly ingredients but deliver outrageously delicious results.

This homemade churro recipe is elevated by the luxurious dark chocolate dipping sauce but you can also serve it with dulce de leche or no sauce at all.  Truth be told, I ate almost the entire first batch while they were still piping hot – sans dipping sauce – because they are just that good – and just that addicting.  Make these churros for Cinco de Mayo or, a fun family night or any company, and I can guarantee everyone will love them – and you – and them.

Where were Churros Invented?

With my experience of churros every time I visited Tijuana, I thought churros came from Mexico, but churros actually come from Spain!  Some say they were invented by Spanish shepherds because they only require flour, water and oil and were easy for them to cook in frying pans over fire. Conquistadors later introduced them to Latin America where every region seems to have their own spin from different shapes, to different fillings such as dulce de leche and even cheese!

up close of homemade churros in a white bag laying on their side

Do Churros Have Eggs In Them?

There are many churro recipes online that have eggs in them BUT authentic Spanish churros do not have eggs in them.  They are a simple mixture of flour, water, oil, and sometimes sugar and salt.  The absence of eggs makes authentic churros wonderfully characteristically crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside – not light and fluffy.  Churros with eggs in them can be fluffy and even taste “eggy.”  I also prefer the eggless version because the dough can be made in minutes!

How to Make Churros

Churros are SO easy to make!  The key is to get the temperature of your oil right for YOUR perfect churro.  Hotter oil will yield crispier churros with softer insides, cooler oil will yield crispy churros though and through. You might want to work in a practice batch in order to perfect your churro making, but really, you can’t go wrong!  My husband and I couldn’t keep our hands off the “practice batch.”  Here are some tips and tricks for successful homemade churro making:

  1. Whisk together cinnamon and sugar in a long, shallow dish or you can even use a brown paper bag. You want to prep the coating first because we don’t won’t to take the time to prep it later and let our churros cool or else the cinnamon and sugar won’t stick.
whisking together cinnamon and sugar in a shallow glass dish Showing how to make coating for churros
  1. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add vanilla, oil and boiled water and mix with a spatula just until combined, DON’T OVERMIX. It will be wet, thick and sticky. If your dough is runny, you may need to add more flour.  This could be the case in more tropical areas.
whisking together flour, oil, sugar and water in a glass bowl Showing how to make churro batter
stirring together ingredients for churro batter Showing how to make churros
  1. Whether you boil your water in the microwave or on the stove, you will want to start with more than 1 cup (about 1 ¼ cups) because some of the water will evaporate. Once boiling, measure out 1 cup.
  2. Transfer dough into a pastry bag fitted with a large open star tip (I have more details on this below).
adding churry batter to a pastry bag Showing how to make churros
  1. Add oil so it is 3-4 inches deep in a large deep sided skillet. You want to use a deep sided skillet so it’s easy to snip the churro dough, otherwise if you use a large pan like a Dutch oven, you are snipping too high and the churro dough will fall into the oil and splatter.
  2. Heat oil over medium heat to 350 degrees F. You may need to turn oil down to LOW if your stove runs hot. I heated my stove on medium then cooked on low because my stove runs hot.
  3. Working in batches of three, pipe 4-6″ lengths of dough into the hot oil, snipping with scissors at the end to release it into the oil. You don’t want to cook more than 3-4 at a time because too many will lower the temperature of the oil. When snipping the churro dough into the oil, snip it away from you and stand back to avoid any hot oil splatters. If your churro dough is curved while cooking in the oil, you can use tongs to gently straighten it out but I wouldn’t worry too much about it – the curves add character!
frying three churros in vegetable oil in a black deep sided skillet showing how to make churros
  1. Fry churros until golden, rotating a few times so the churros cook evenly. Transfer churros to prepared paper-towel lined plate, dab excess oil then immediately transfer to cinnamon and sugar and roll until evenly coated. You want to coat your churros pretty much immediately otherwise the cinnamon and sugar will not stick.
rolling homemade churros in cinnamon and sugar Showing how to make churros
  1. Make the chocolate sauce while the last batch of churros are frying or just after the last batch is completed because the chocolate sauce will thicken as it cools. If it does thicken, you can stir in ½ teaspoon vegetable oil and heat for 10 seconds, whisk and heat again if needed.
whisking together heavy cream and dark chocolate Showing how to make chocolate sauce for churros
  1. I would recommend doubling the recipe for anyone wanting to serve more than 2-3 people as they are ADDICTING and go down super easy.
up close of authentic Spanish churros in a stack on a white marble cutting board

Do you have to use a pastry bag and tip to make churros?

Yes and No.  If piping your churros, you definitely need either a cloth pastry bag or heavy-duty plastic pastry bag.  I have tried making churros with just a Ziploc freezer size bag and it started out fine but split with the heat and pressure – so I tried again – same results with multiple strands of churro dough splattering into the hot oil from the multiple holes.  No bueno.

You CAN roll your dough into thin strips by hand, as if rolling play dough, if you don’t have piping bag/tips but they will not taste the same.  Smooth churros tend to flatten when frying and they will be more dense and chewy.  The ridges created by the star tip give the churros a higher surface-to-volume ratio, which provides structural stability and a crunchier crust.

As far as piping tips go, I recommend the Wilton #2110/1M.  You should be able to find this pretty much anywhere.  It might seem small but the dough puffs up as it cooks and in my experimenting, it ended up being the perfect size for evenly cooked churros – not too small, not too big and cooked just right.

If you only have larger or smaller tips, just be prepared to adjust your cooking time  – and your expectations accordingly.  Larger churros will be more chewy and smaller churros will be more crispy.

one churro dipping in dark chocolate sauce in a glass bowl

Homemade Churros Problem Solving

The texture of your churros can pretty much be controlled by the temperature of your oil.  Most problems are caused by the oil being too hot so when in doubt, turn down the temperature of your oil.  Slow and steady at 350 degrees and you’ll get a perfect golden color and evenly cooked churro every time.   Here are some problem solving tips:

If your dough is raw/underdone on the inside but your churro is done on the outside, you need to lower your oil temperature because the outside of the churro is cooking faster than the inside and giving you the impression that it’s done.

If our churro is chewier than you would like, you need to cook them longer so the outside is crispier.  If cooking them longer will produce a burnt outside then you need to lower your oil temperature.

If your churro is brittle, your churro is overcooked.  You either need to cook your churros for less time, just until it’s golden or lower your oil temperature.

If you can’t stop eating your churros, make another batch.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  

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Easy Churros with Chocolate Sauce

Easy churros with a 5 minute batter are wonderfully easy to make with pantry ingredients and fly-off-the-plate delicious! These homemade churros boast perfectly crunchy outsides, tender insides and cinnamon and sugar all over.
Servings: 15 churros
Total Time: 20 mins
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins

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Ingredients

Equipment

  • 1 cloth pastry bag or heavy-duty plastic pastry bag
  • 1 large open star pastry tip such as Wilton #2110/1M

Cinnamon and Sugar Coating

Churros

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiled water (stove or microwave)
  • 3 cups+ vegetable oil for frying

Chocolate Sauce

  • 4 oz. dark baking chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

Coating

  • Whisk together cinnamon and sugar in a long, shallow dish, set aside. Line a plate with paper towels, set aside.

Churros

  • Whisk flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add vanilla, oil and water and mix with a spatula just until combined – don’t overmix. It will be wet, thick and sticky.
  • Transfer dough into a pastry bag fitted with a large open star tip.
  • Add oil so it is 3-4 inches deep in a large deep sided skillet. Heat over medium heat to 350 degrees F. You may need to turn oil down to LOW if your stove runs hot (I heated my stove on medium then cooked on low).
  • Working in batches of three, pipe 4-6″ lengths of dough into the hot oil, snipping with scissors at the end to release dough into the oil. Fry churros until golden, rotating a few times so the churros cook evenly.
  • Transfer churros to prepared paper-towel lined plate briefly to dab excess oil then immediately transfer to cinnamon and sugar and roll until evenly coated. Repeat with the remaining dough. Serve churros hot with Chocolate Sauce (recipe to follow).

Chocolate Sauce

  • When ready to serve churros, make Chocolate Sauce. Add heavy cream to a microwave safe bowl and microwave 60-90 seconds or until very hot. Add chopped chocolate and press to immerse in chocolate. Let sit one minute then whisk until smooth.

Notes

  • If you can’t find the Wilton 1M, you can use any large tip such as the larger Ateco #826.  If you only have smaller tips, you can use those just be aware your churros will cook very quickly and be more crispy.  You can also roll your dough into thin strips if you don’t have piping bag/tips but smooth churros tend to flatten when frying and they will be more dense and chewy.
  • It is important to use a cloth or heavy-duty plastic pastry bag because regular plastic bags will split from the heat and the pressure.
  • If your dough is runny, you may need to add more flour.  This could be the case in more tropical areas.
  • I use a deep sided skillet so its easy to snip the churro dough, otherwise if you use a large pan like a Dutch oven, you are snipping too high and the churro dough will fall into the oil and splatter.
  • When snipping the churro dough into the oil, snip it away from you and stand back to avoid any hot oil splatters.
  • If you churro dough is curved while cooking in the oil, you can use tongs to gently straighten it.
  • Only fry 3 at a time because cooing too many at a time lowers the oil temperature.
  • Take care you roll the churros in cinnamon and sugar immediately after dabbing off the oil otherwise the coating will not stick.
  • Make the chocolate sauce while the last batch of churros are frying or just after the last batch is completed because the chocolate sauce will thicken as it cools.  If it does thicken, you can stir in ½ teaspoon vegetable oil and heat for 10 seconds, whisk and heat again if needed.
  • I would recommend doubling the recipe for anyone wanting to serve more than 2-3 people as thy are ADDICTING and go down super easy.
TEXTURE PROBLEM SOLVING
When in doubt – turn down the temperature of your oil!  Most problems are caused by the oil being too hot.  The churros will cook more evenly with just the right temperature oil. Slow and steady and you’ll get a perfect golden color and a churro cooked through.  Here are some problem solving tips:
  • If your dough is raw/underdone on the inside but your churro is done on the outside, you need to lower your oil temperature because the outside of the churro is cooking faster than the inside and giving you the impression that it’s done.
  • If our churro is chewier than you would like, you need to cook them longer so the outside is crispier.  If cooking them longer will produce a burnt outside then you need to lower your oil temperature.
  • If your churro is brittle, you may have overworked your dough or the churro is overcooked.  You either need to cook your churros for less time, just until it’s golden or lower your oil temperature.

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8 Comments

  1. Dave says

    You let go of that Pug and those suckers are history sans chocolate. lol

    My grandson loves churros so it looks like “chef pawpaw” will have to teach him how to make these.

    • Jen says

      LOL! so true, Kiwi has a real sweet tooth! These would be so fun to make with your grandson – what special memories you must make in the kitchen. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  2. Becky Hardin says

    These churros look so crispy and delicious! I’ll have to try dipping them in chocolate sauce–why haven’t I done that before?!

    • Jen says

      Thank you! Chocolate makes everything better!!!

  3. Jean says

    After alot of research, I chose your recipe and was glad I did! Delicious and perfect with an added 3/4 of flour. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe.

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Jean, I’m so happy you loved it! Thank you!

  4. Aj says

    They look tasty…hangin’ out this weekend with fam in Popotla so looking fwd to trying this recipe …. should be great!! By the way, Im mexican and had no idea churros are this simple. Thanks guys..

    • Jen says

      I hope you had fun with your family AJ and that these churros were a big hit!

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