What are Churros?
Mexico’s answer to the humble ringed doughnut, the churro, actually originated in Spain (more specifically, Madrid) and is utterly delicious. Long, fluted strips of deep-fried dough are coated in a liberal sprinkling of sugar and served warm. They’re crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle and best enjoyed dunked in a cup of rich hot chocolate. Churros and chocolate are traditionally eaten for breakfast but if you ask us, they can be enjoyed at any time of day!
Where can you find Churros?
Churros are available throughout Mexico City – a churro vendor occasionally sets up shop outside my kids’ school! But our favourite place to enjoy them is at Churrería el Moro, in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico (Historical Centre). This cafe is something of an institution and is open 24 hours a day.
El Moro was started in 1935 by Francisco Iriarte who arrived in Mexico from a small town in Spain and started selling churros from a cart in the Zócalo. So tasty were his churros that he soon set up shop and named it “El Moro”, after an Arab who used to sell churros from town to town in Spain when Iriarte was a child. The churreria remains a family-owned business today. Today Churrería el Moro has various other outlets in swankier parts of town, but its the original cafe in the capital’s centre that we like to visit.
The menu is simple at Churrería el Moro, you can get churros and you can get hot chocolate. You can also get milkshakes, which keeps my non-chocolate loving son happy. Churros come as an order of four pieces, or you can buy a Chocolate Churro combo. There are a variety of hot chocolates on offer; I like the Mexicano (a dark, rich chocolate) and my daughter loves the Suizo that comes with a dollop of whipped cream on top. You can also buy churros to takeaway.
It is by no means a healthy snack, but it is absolutely delicious.
Churrería el Moro is open 24 hours (yes, really!).
Address: Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 42, Centro Histórico, Mexico City
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