How to make Duros

(Last Updated On: December 20, 2022)
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Duros, also known as chicharrones de harina, are a delicious Mexican snack that you can find in most grocery stores. They are made from pasta and are easy to make. You can either deep-fry, microwave or toast them to make them crispy. It’s basically like fried pasta! What makes them differ from pasta is the seasoning! There’s a wide variety of seasonings & flavors to choose from. You can either buy them in packs from the grocery store or make them from scratch in less than 10 minutes! Before cooking, they look like small, hard, uncooked pasta.

There are 4 ways to cook the ultimate Mexican snack: You can either Deep Fry, Air fry, put them in the microwave or the oven.

What are Duros made from?

Duros, often called duritos, hicharrones de harina, Mexican wagon wheels etc are a dried, dense snack, made of wheat flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. They basically look like orange wheel wagon wheels. 

What do Duros taste like?

They basically taste like puffy chips. What takes them to a whole new level is lime and hot sauce!

How to make Duros from scratch

There are 3 ingredients needed for this recipe: wheat, flour and salt. Although it’s not impossible to make this Mexican snack at home, it may be costly! In order to make these wagon wheels you would likely need an  industrial extruder, and a shaped nozzle to push through the dough.

Below are 5 different methods you can use to help you make duros from scratch.

1. Deep Fryer

If you want to make duros from scratch, the easiest way is to deep fry them with vegetable or canola oil. If you use a skillet, you have to be extra cautious & continuously flip them. My tip would be to drop a duro into the oil to check if it starts puffing up, aka the oil is ready. The easiest way is to use a deep fryer. All you need to do is to drop the basket into the hot oil and wait a minute or 2 (no more than that though)!

2. Air Fryer

If you can’t handle heavy oils, as it causes digestive problems, you’re lucky air fryers exist. Set your air fryer on the right setting (make sure to preheat to 390 F) and let them warm and cook in about 5-10 minutes. It’s important to take the basket out every 3-4 minutes and shake the duros so they can crisp all the way. If you want them extra crunchy, add a small tablespoon of olive oil!

3. Microwave

If you can’t be bothered making duros from scratch and want an easy to cook the snack, then a microwave is the right solution for you. Place the duros on a plate, making sure they don’t touch each other, so they won’t stick together and start puffing up. In less than 20” your snack will be ready!

4. Oven

The oven is giving you the flexibility to both toast and cook the duros. Plus you don’t need oil. You can just spray a baking sheet or a pan and bake them at 375 F for about 5-10 minutes. Then you can flip them so they cook evenly.


Once you learn how to make duros from scratch, you’ll never go back! Whichever cooking method you choose, duros will puff up 3-4 times their original size!  These wheel-shaped snacks are thin and crispy. So tasty!


Why Are Duros So Popular in Latin America?

Even if tacos are quite popular, duros are the ultimate Mexican snack! They look like Cheetos!

Do Duros contain gluten?

Duros do contain gluten.

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