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Buñuelos de Queso

Plate of bunuelos

(Puerto Rican cheese fritters)

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Fritters of all kinds are enjoyed throughout the Spanish-speaking world. These small cheese fritters are an excellent and easy side dish for a Puerto Rican meal.

4 to 6 servings


  • Eggs -- 2
  • Milk -- 1 cup
  • Sugar -- 2 tablespoons
  • Flour -- 2 cups
  • Baking powder -- 2 teaspoon
  • Salt -- 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • Cheese, shredded or grated -- 1 cup
  • Oil for deep frying


  1. Beat the eggs, milk and sugar together in a large bowl. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into another bowl.
  2. Mix the flour into the egg mixture just enough to moisten all the ingredients and bring the batter together. Do not overmix. Fold in the cheese.
  3. Heat the oil for deep frying until shimmering, or to about 365°F. Drop rounded spoonsful of the batter into the hot oil and fry until golden brown on all sides. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels and repeat with the rest of the batter. Serve hot.

Buñuelos Variations

  • Good cheeses to use for buñuelos are shredded cheddar, Swiss, Jack or grated Parmesan.
  • Add 1/2 cup chopped ham to the batter if you like.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of dried oregano or paprika to the sifted flour if you like.
  • A small ice-cream scoop is perfect for dropping batter into the oil.


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