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Yields8 ServingsPrep Time20 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time40 mins

Here’s how to make buñuelos with your family. They are usually made with a special cheese called queso costeño, but it’s difficult to find outside Colombia. So this recipe combines queso fresco and feta cheese, which can be found at most supermarkets. The two cheeses come together to taste a lot like queso costeño.

 1 ½ cups queso fresco, grated
 ½ cup feta cheese, grated
 ½ cup tapioca starch (also known as tapioca flour)
 1 cup cornstarch
 2 eggs
 1 tsp salt
 1 tbsp butter
 ¼ cup sugar
  tsp baking powder
 vegetable oil for frying

Mix together all the ingredients except the oil until they form a smooth dough. If it feels dry, you can add warm milk, 1 tbsp. at a time, until it softens up.


Shape the dough into 1-inch balls.


Add enough oil to a large pot to fully cover the buñuelos. Heat the oil to 350-375 degrees.


Add some of the buñuelos, giving them enough room to move around while they fry. After frying them for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown, remove to paper towels to drain. Serve hot — along with natilla if you’d like!

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