Think of popular carnival or concession stand foods and you might think of funnel cakes, elephant ears, or frozen novelties such as ice cream sandwiches. When I worked at a youth summer camp during my college years, the concession stand sold plenty of standard treats such as slushies, candy, and potato chips. They also sold churros — long strips of crispy, ridged fried dough coated in cinnamon and sugar and packaged in paper sleeves.
Churros have Spanish and Portuguese origins, and they’re also common in Latin America, the Southwestern U.S., and in France. Sometimes they’re served long and thin, as they were at my summer camp, and other times they’re knotted. They’re a well-liked breakfast food — especially when dipped in a drink such as hot chocolate or coffee — but they’re also enjoyed as a snack.
During the weeks leading up to the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, Aldi sells churros among other Mexican and Tex-Mex foods such as fajitas, street tacos, street corn and chorizo ravioli, street corn-flavored chips, mini empanadas, corn masa bites, Texas seasoned tortilla chips, and more.
Casa Mamita Cinnamon Sugar Churros cost $3.49 for an 8-ounce package at the time of publication. When Aldi stocks them, they’re found in the grocer’s limited-time specials freezer section. The package contains approximately 20 bite-sized pieces, plus a cinnamon sugar packet for topping.
These are kosher. If you’re looking out for allergens, these contain egg, milk, soy, and wheat.
One package has about three 7-churro servings (60 grams). One serving has 210 calories, 11 grams of total fat (14% DV), 2 grams of saturated fat (10% DV), 290 mg of sodium (13% DV), 26 grams of total carbohydrates (9% DV), and no added sugar.
The nutrition information panel lists no sugar in these churros, and that’s true for the churros themselves, but if you use the cinnamon sugar packet that’s included in this package, you’ll have added sugar. The box does not list how much added sugar is in each serving once you roll the churros in the cinnamon sugar mixture, though.
The box has directions for a conventional oven or a deep fryer.
To cook in a conventional oven, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove frozen churros from the box and place the churros on an ungreased baking sheet. Heat them in the oven for 5-6 minutes. Then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
To deep fry, preheat the fryer to 360 degrees. Remove the frozen churros from the box and place them in the fryer for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Remove the churros from the fryer and roll them in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
I heated these churros in my Aldi air fryer. I preheated the air fryer, setting it to 360 degrees and letting it run without the churros for about 3 minutes. Then I added the churros and air fried them at 360 degrees for 6 minutes. Afterward, I poured the cinnamon sugar mixture on a large plate, then added the churros and rolled/stirred them in the cinnamon and sugar until they were well coated. There was plenty of cinnamon sugar mixture, with some to spare left on the plate. These are an easy dessert to make, taking very little time or effort.
These were an instant hit with my family. We had 24 bite-sized churros in our box (the package says it contains approximately 20 pieces), so each of the four of us got six churros, which made a nice dessert after we enjoyed some Casa Mamita Chorizo Hatch Chili Ravioli and Mexican Street Corn Ravioli for dinner. The churros came out of the air fryer crispy and hot, and the cinnamon and sugar coating was the perfect complement to the cooked pastry. I recommend serving these with some milk or coffee for the perfect dessert or snack.
Casa Mamita Cinnamon Sugar Churros are bite-sized bits of pastry that bake or fry up crispy with just the right amount of sweetness. This dessert with Spanish and Portuguese origins is a great treat during Cinco de Mayo or any time.