Colombians, as any other culture, await Christmas for the delicious treats that it brings every year. It’s best to enjoy it with a traditional Colombian dish — “buñuelos,” or in other words, round, fried cheesy, doughy little balls.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20-25 minutes

Total time: 30-35 minutes


Makes approx. 12-14 buñuelos.


  •  1½ cups grated queso fresco
  • ½ cup of grated feta cheese
  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • ½ cup of tapioca starch (cassava, tapioca, mandioca starch)
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp. of butter
  • ⅛ tsp of baking powder
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Mix the first eight ingredients until it’s homogenous, but if you find that it is too dry, add one tablespoon of warm milk until you get the right consistency.
  2. Add the baking powder and mix.
  3. Shape the mass into small balls, about an inch in diameter.
  4. Heat up the oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 325°F and add a few buñuelos at a time, leaving space for them to move around.
  5. Let them fry for about 20 to 25 minutes or until they’re golden brown.
  6. Drain with paper towels to get the oil out, serve hot, and enjoy!