One of the better-known snacks from Mexico are these wagon-wheel shaped crisps. They're also called Duros de Harina. Basically, these popular Mexican snacks are of puffed wheat. They often flavor the chips with chili and lime.
When deep fried, Duros usually have the consistency of chicharrones. Both these foods contain considerable amounts of fats.
Chicharrones contain protein since they come from animals. But Duros are mainly of carbohydrates. They contain wheat flour, salt, some cornstarch, and baking soda to make them expand when cooked.
You can buy ready-to-eat Duros from street vendors. You can use different condiments to add more flavors to the Duros. You can top your serving with salsa and lime, chili or salt.
You can even use some lemon juice and hot sauce for a zing. And finally, you sprinkle the Duros with chili powder. That should make for a very hot, authentic Mexican snack.
Making Mexican Wheel Chips From Scratch
Although uncooked wheel chips or Duros look like pasta, they are much lighter. Traditionally, Duros are rectangular in shape with grooves. But wagon wheels are fast becoming popular because of their fancy form.
Made of the same ingredients, the tastes should be similar. The best-tasting Duros are deep-fried and then dipped in salsa or sprinkled with lime salt.
- For this recipe, you'll need a bowl and a thinning surface
- If you'll also cook your Duros, you'll need a fryer, oven or microwave.
- 3 cups of flour
- 1⁄2 cup of cornstarch
- 4 tbsp baking soda
- 2 tsp iodized salt
- 2⁄3 cup of water
- food coloring
Steps To Follow:
1. In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients together. Add a little water at a time until you can form the dough into a ball. Be careful not to over water the mixture.
2. Roll the dough into a thin layer and cut it into the desired pieces or shapes.
3. You can either microwave, bake or fry. As earlier mentioned, frying makes the best-tasting Duros.
The Simplest Recipe For Mexican Wheel Chips
Mexican wheel chips are tasty and crispy snacks. They are easy to prepare, more so if you buy the uncooked Mexican wheel chips. All you need now is a crepe pan and oil. Cooking time is really short.
- For this recipe, all you'll need are a deep fryer and a slotted spoon.
- A bag of dried Mexican wheel chips
- Hot sauce
- 2-3 lime slices
Steps To Follow:
Start by heating the oil in your crepe pan. When you drop a chip and it starts to bubble up, the oil is ready.
Add the chips to the fryer. Do not drop too many as the chips will expand in size when frying. These chips will cook quickly so keep an eye on them.
Spoon them out when they have turned golden brown. Put them into a bowl, then start on the next batch.
When you've placed them all in the bowl, sprinkle the batch with salt. Squeeze in some lime juice, drizzle with your hot sauce of choice and enjoy some fresh and hot chips for a change.
Mexican Wheel Chips With Lime, Chili, And Spices Recipe
Mexican wheel chips are one of the most popular snacks. Try frying them at home. You can make them unique by adding your own spices. Here's a twist on cooking them differently:
- To do this recipe, prepare a bowl, deep fryer, and a slotted spoon.
- You'll also need a baking sheet and some paper towels.
- 4 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp cumin (ground)
- 2 tsp Arbol chili (ground)
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper (ground)
- Vegetable oil
- 3 cups dried Mexican wheel chips
- 2 limes
Steps to follow:
In a small bowl, combine the salt and the spices.
In a deep fryer, heat some oil, about three-inches deep over a medium heat of 350 degrees F.
Test the heat by dropping a small piece of brown bread. If it browns in about thirty seconds, the oil is ready. Set a baking sheet lined with some paper towels near the fryer.
When the oil is ready, carefully drop the Duros a few pieces at a time. Fry one side until they puff open, flip to cook the other side for another thirty. Be sure the wheels have opened and are starting to brown.
Take the chips out from the oil using a slotted spoon and transfer them to the baking sheet. Repeat the procedure for the rest of the chips. Monitor and maintain oil temperature.
Squeeze the limes over the chips and sprinkle the spices you prepared. Serve hot and immediately!
Cooking Mexican Wheel Chips In The Microwave
For the health conscious lover of Mexican chips, you can still enjoy them sans the fat. They may not taste as good but they will surely be a healthier option. Without the oil, the microwave oven is the alternative.
Another advantage to this is that there is less mess involved in preparations. Much easier, really. When cooked this way, the chips will still puff up and will make for an easy and quick snack.
- For this recipe, prepare a microwave-safe plate.
- Dried Mexican wheel chips
- Chili powder
Steps To Follow:
Using a microwave-safe plate, arrange the Duros. The chips should not touch each other and there should be enough space among them for expansion. Too many in a batch may result in uneven cooking.
Cooking time may vary depending on the microwave used. Usually, it takes about 15 to 30 seconds.
Set your microwave on high for thirty seconds.
Monitor the chips' progress. As soon as the Duros puff up, stop the cooking. If you turn off the oven too soon, the chips could turn out chewy on some spots. On the other hand, if overcooked, the chips will burn. Practice makes perfect. When you learn how to cook this way, making your chips using the microwave oven will be easy as pie.
Squeeze some lime juice over the Duros and sprinkle with chili powder.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
With this cooking guide, I hope you are all set to prepare it at home. Let your kids have some fun and chill out with your guests with the authentic style Mexican duros wheel chips. No need to go for the packed snacks. Enjoy the freshly prepared wheel chips and share the recipe with your friends.
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