Mexican churros

All about the Churro

Churros are a favorite at Mexican Restaurants, but they have a long, fascinating history!

  • The churro originated in ancient China as a savory fried snack, called a “youtiao.” Portuguese traders made them their own, covering the pastry in sugar instead of salt.
  • As the snack became popular with Spanish shepherds, it got the name “churro,” named for the horns of the churra sheep.
  • Introduced to South America by the conquistadors, the churro evolved once again, as each region added their own touches to the dessert — including fillings like cheese, chocolate, and fruit.

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