These easy churros are served with a delicious warm chocolate sauce, for a fun and delicious treat. Super easy to make at home with regular pantry ingredients!
Why you’ll love these churros!
If you’ve ever enjoyed churros in a restaurant, you’ll be pleased to know that they are easy to make at home!
You only need a pastry bag and optionally a tip (for the ridged shape) and you’re good to go!
Warm churros dipped in chocolate are a special treat!
Ingredients and Substitutions
Chocolate – a good quality dark chocolate will produce the best results for the chocolate sauce.
Vegetable Oil – you’ll need a good quantity of vegetable oil for frying the churros. I find vegetable oil works well, but other neutral-tasting, high-smoke-point other will work here, as well.
These are most easily made using a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. That’s what makes the ridged shape in the churros. I your don’t have these, you can just add the dough to a plastic bag and snip of a corner. You will get a simple tube shape, but they will still be delicious!
Get the Recipe: Easy Churros with Chocolate Sauce
For the cinnamon sugar:
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
For the chocolate sauce:
- 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream, 35% b.f.
- 1 cup semisweet 70% chocolate, finely chopped
For the Churros Dough:
- 1 cup water
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons white granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Vegetable oil for deep-frying, about 4 cups (1 L)
- Cinnamon Sugar: In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon just to combine. Set aside.
- For the chocolate sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the cream. Let it come to a gentle simmer, making sure it doesn’t boil. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl, then pour the hot cream over the chocolate and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Allow to sit for 4 minutes, or until the chocolate is melted. Remove the plastic wrap, and whisk or stir to combine. Set aside.
- Churros Dough: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, sugar, salt, and vegetable oil. Bring to a boil, then remove the pan from the heat. Using a wooden spoon, beat in the flour until thick paste forms. Return the pan to the heat, and cook for another minute.
- Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or deep fryer over medium-high heat to 375°F (191°C). Line a baking sheet with paper towels.
- Place the dough into the piping bag. Pipe dough about 2 1/2 inches (6 cm) in length into the oil, use scissors to cut the dough. Do 3 or 4 at a time so as not to overcrowd the pot. Deep-fry until golden brown and crispy, about 4 minutes. Remove using a slotted spoon or spider and let drain on the paper towel–lined baking sheet. Immediately toss with the cinnamon sugar to ensure the coating will stick. Repeat with the remaining batter.
- Serve warm or at room temperature with the chocolate sauce.
Hi! I’m Jennifer, a home cook schooled by trial and error and almost 40 years of getting dinner on the table! I love to share my favourite recipes, both old and new, together with lots of tips and tricks to hopefully help make your home cooking enjoyable, stress free, rewarding and of course, delicious!
THIS. IS. SO. GOOD!! I made it for my much much younger sister’s ninth birthday and she LOVED them!! The only thing was I didn’t have the star shaped piping bag so I used a regular one. What I recommend for this is that you make sure it is even when you push it out of the bag, because if not it will be a bit lopsided and not very pretty. Still will be delicious though! Also didn’t have heavy whipping cream, so I just melted HERSHEY’S and it was still delicious. For the most part this is so so easy and fun and I loved it so much. Dunno if you made the ones in the picture but if you did, wow they are beautiful!!!
So glad you enjoyed them, Joss :) And yes, I did make the ones in the photo (I had a star tip to use, though). Thanks so much!
Yo creo que esta receta fue muy buena. La receta fue fácil y divertida de hacer. La salsa de chocolate hace mucho mejor. El churro era delicioso. Es un postre muy bueno, y quiero hacer el de nuevo.
Muchas gracias, Katie :)
These were absolutely delicious! I substituted the cream for full-fat coconut milk and it turned out delicious. Only thing is, it was pretty much impossible for me to squeeze the dough through the piping bag and star tip. The dough was just too thick and solid that it took all my strength to push a tiny bit out, and the bag split early on. After multiple attempts I ended up having to just use the star tip on its own and manually squeeze bits of dough through it to get the classic churro shape. Any tips on how to get it to squeeze through better??
Hi Jessica, your substitution of coconut milk probably have made for a thicker batter. You could probably thin with a touch of water stirred into the batter to make it pipe-able.
The coconut milk substitution was for the sauce, not the batter. I made the batter exactly as directed and it was too think to pipe.
Ahhh sorry, I misunderstood. It may just come down to flour measurement for the dough. Try stirring, spooning and levelling when measuring, if you didn’t do that the first time. If you did, reduce the flour a tablespoon or so and see if that works better.
I know it’s been years since this was posted but I figured I’d ask my question and see what happens. Can you make the dough/batter a few hours ahead of time?
Hi Kim, I haven’t tried it with this dough, but just looking at the ingredients, I feel like you could.
Is there a way to make these without a piping bag a star shaped thingy? What can I improvise with? Thanks…sounds yummy!
Hi Eva, You could just use a heavy plastic bag (like a ziploc storage bag) and snip off the corner. Then fill with batter and use it as a piping bag. It won’t be star shaped, but will taste just as good.
Your churros look just perfect and that chocolate sauce is so tempting!
Thanks Laura :)
Can we be best friends and you’ll bring that over to my house right now? This has to be one of my favorite desserts.. Pinning!!!
Churros are definitely made for sharing, Sarah! I loved them and will be making again :)
What an amazing opportunity! Good for you – especially since you get to make amazing recipes like this! They are beautiful and of course the chocolate speaks to me – pinning!
Thanks Tricia. I’m regretting not trying these sooner ;)
I love to experiment with new foods. These churros look perfect and that chocolate sauce is swoon-worthy!
Thanks so much Jen and that chocolate sauce was perfect!
Totally with you – making fun new foods is the best. I love this!
Thanks Katrina :)
I absolutely love churros- so much so I think I’m going to have them at my wedding! These are beautiful Jennifer, and I must check out this show. It sounds so interesting!
Thanks Jessica and I think they’d be perfect for your wedding! :)
I’ve already been scooping out a churro lady! Unless you’re available… ;)
Hi Jennifer, what an honor to be asked to cook along with Gusto! your churros look perfect and I bet the chocolate sauce makes them even better.
Thanks Cheri. The churros were FABULOUS and I can’t wait to try some more recipes from the show!
The show sounds great! I just explored their website and their shows sound very interesting! I’m going to have to check the full episodes. How fun that you got to do this! Congrats!
I grew up eating churros in Mexico and they’re one of my favorite things to eat!
Thanks Ana and I know what you mean. There are a ton of recipes from the show that I’m anxious to try!
These look totally irresistible! And how fun to cook along with the show!
Thanks Chris and I’m so looking forward to trying some new things!
I completely agree on exploring cultures through food. I get lost in No Reservations and Mind Of A Chef. I have to try out One World Kitchen!!
There are a lot of great recipes from the show on the Gusto website, Sarah. So many great ones, that you’ll have a hard time deciding where to start :)
Our whole family is crazy about churros, we discovered them in a tapas restaurant years ago, and I think they are amazing. Yours look absolutely perfect!
Thanks Sue. This was my first time making them. But it won’t be the last ;)
What fun Jennifer! A great way to travel the world in your own kitchen. My kids were just talking about Churros. I made a gluten-free recipe a few years ago after being at Disneyland where churros carts were everywhere but we couldn’t eat them. They are definitely a family favorite.
Thanks Toni. This was my first time trying churros and I’m totally won over. What a nice treat they were :)