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Round Colombian buñuelos
Alternative names Bimuelo, birmuelo, bermuelo, burmuelo, bonuelo
Type Doughnut
Place of origin Spain
Cookbook: Buñuelo  Media: Buñuelo

A buñuelo (Spanish: [buˈɲwelo]) (alternatively called bimuelo, birmuelo, bermuelo, burmuelo, or bonuelo; Catalan: bunyol, IPA: [buˈɲɔɫ]) is a fried dough ball. It is a popular snack in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Uruguay, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Morocco, and is a tradition at Christmas, Ramadan, and among Sephardic Jews at Hanukkah. It will usually have a filling or a topping. It is also an "essential dish" in Mexican cuisine,[1][2] often served with a syrup made with piloncillo.[3]

Buñuelos are first known to have been consumed among Spain's Morisco population. They typically consist of a simple, wheat-based yeast dough, often flavored with anise, that is thinly rolled, cut or shaped into individual pieces, then fried and finished off with a sweet topping. Buñuelos may be filled with a variety of things, sweet or savory. They can be round in ball shapes or disc shaped. In Latin America, buñuelos are seen as a symbol of good luck.[4]

Regional adaptations[edit]

Home-made Colombian Buñuelos

There are references to buñuelos in Majorca, Catalonia or Valencia; there are also buñuelos in Turkey, India, Puerto Rico, and Cuba; buñuelos in Russia. Jews in Turkey make buñuelos with matzo meal and eat them during Passover. They are also popular during Hanukkah.[citation needed]

In many Latin American countries, this particular dish can also be made with flour tortillas, and covered in sugar and/or cinnamon.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Maria Herrera-Sobek (2012). Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions. ABC-CLIO. pp. 176–178. ISBN 9780313343391. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Arlyn Hackett Quick buñuelos an easy treat for holidays Slice of History December 15, 2004 San Diego Tribune
  3. ^ Grodinsky, Peggy (6 September 2006). "Pump up the flavor with piloncillo". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Herrera, Jennifer. "Buñuelos: Tasty dessert symbolic of good luck". http://www.mysanantonio.com/. Hearst Newspapers, LLC. Retrieved 3 March 2015.