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Cinnamon Tortilla Crunchies

Last night while I made dinner, I searched the house for something sweet to make. Nada. Zilch. But I’m happy about that because it pushed me to make do with what we had on hand: 2 flour tortillas. Sugar. Oil.

The combo got me thinking about that crazy churro dessert we had on Sunday at Barrio Cafe. I wondered if I could recreate it. When there is a will there is a way! This is not an original idea (there are gobs of recipes on Google), but it was new to the Murillo kitchen menu. I whipped up a batch and they were half gone before dinner because the kids and Patrick couldn’t stop munching. I practically slapped their hands before yelling “Maya! Get the camera and take a picture, hurry!”

By the time I finished uploading this shot, I walked back in the kitchen for one and they were G-O-N-E!

You need:

– Flour tortillas, cut into 2″ pieces
– 1 deep dish pot and vegetable oil OR you can line a cookie sheet with them and bake them until crisp
– Tongs or spatula
– Plate with a paper towel on top
– Cinnamon sugar (I mix my own and keep it in a shaker jar)

To make:

Fill the bottom of the pot with about 2″ high of the oil heat up on medium high for a few minutes. Carefully slip in one layer of the cut up tortillas. Let them brown on one side and then use the tongs to flip to brown on the other side. Remove (using tongs) and place on the plate with the paper towel. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Finish the rest of the batch.

Healthier alternative: Bake them on a cookie sheet in the oven.

Variations: Drizzle with honey, or chocolate sauce. I think these would be great in smaller pieces to stick at the top of a dish of chocolate mousse, or used to dip into sweetened cream cheese.

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5 thoughts on “Cinnamon Tortilla Crunchies”

  1. They sure do look good. And I’ll take it they were good seeings they didn’t save you any LOL. I’m excited to check out your book…i love glitter so the title is very appealing!

    Have a fabulous day!

  2. My mom used to make these for me when I was a kid and needed “something sweet” She did this any hour of the day until I moved away from home..I have fabulous memories of my sweet mom in her nightshirt,cooking simply by the light above the stove (because it was always a midnight thing and lights are not on at that time 🙂 after I’d come home after being out with friends.
    My mom passed away in February and Ive been “talking” to her a lot wondering if she can hear me..I almost feel she can hear me now that you posted this!!!!

  3. I cook up those tortillas that come kinda raw (they sell them at Costco) and shape them like a bowl (by putting them in a bowl while hot and letting them cool that way). While hot I put a little melted butter (yummier than oil) and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (that I also keep on hand in a shaker). Then when they are cooled I put some vanilla ice cream, drizzle with honey, and add a little whipped cream. They are HEAVEN!!!

  4. I made these last night. I find that I was not getting enough sugar cinnamon coverage so I put some butter in a pot melted it down added half of my cinnamon sugar and made a syrup which I poured over the tortillas. They were so tasty I couldn’t stop eating them. Totally ruined my appetite for dinner, but it was worth it. 🙂


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