Churros are a favorite at Mexican Restaurants, but they have a long, fascinating history! Some interesting facts are below:
- 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.