Dessert Is Coming to Chipotle!

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This is not a drill. Chipotle is rolling out dessert, and it's going to be epic.

Buñuelos Photo

We repeat: This is not a drill.

Your favorite fast casual burrito chain is now offering dessert. That's right, Chipotle is about to have dessert added to its menu.

The chain mentioned on it's Tuesday earnings call that it would be testing a new dessert item at restaurants later this month. No exact date or locations were identified.

A lot of you might be thinking the obvious choice is churros. I mean, even Taco Bell has churros on its menu, so Chipotle would make them 10,000 times better, right?

While that may be true, it's not churros! It's Buñuelos!

Your South Texan editor grew up on Buñuelos, so let me try to break it down. They're kind of like crispy tortillas that are fried, and then tossed in cinnamon and sugar.

Cinnamon and Sugar Photo

Around San Antonio, they're served with honey for drizzling, but Chipotle is going to up the game by offering an apple caramel butter dipping sauce. 

Chipotle stated that the strips can be made using already existing equipment in each restaurant, and only require a few additional ingredients (like cinnamon and sugar), making it a better choice than churros, which are much like funnel cakes - a wet pastry dough that gets deep fried. 

Chipotle will be serving their Buñuelos in already cut up strips, making them easy to fry and toss quickly. 

Adding dessert is a fantastic way for Chipotle to win back customers and boost sales, after a string of high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks. 

But now we need them to add coffee to their drink line up, because this Texan will tell you - ending a meal with coffee and a plate full of Buñuelos? There's nothing finer.

To prove it, I've got a great Buñuelos recipe for you too.

Buñuelos Recipe

    20 Servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour, sifted twice
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • Oil, for frying

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a smaller mixing bowl, combine sugar, eggs, and butter. Beat them together until fluffy, then mix in milk.
  3. Add the milk mixture to the flour, stirring in until just combined. If the dough is too dry, you can add a few more drops of milk until you have a cohesive dough.
  4. Knead the dough on a board until smooth. Shape into balls (about 20).
  5. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes. 
  6. Heat oil one-inch deep in large skillet to 360°F. 
  7. Roll out each ball on a lightly floured surface, making a thin 6-inch circle (about the size and shape of a tortilla. Fry until golden brown and drain on paper towels.
  8. Sprinkle with sugar-cinnamon topping while warm, and drizzle with honey.

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