Are Churros Supposed to Be Gooey on the Inside?

Last Updated on February 27, 2024 by Lauren Beck

As a passionate food enthusiast, I have frequently contemplated the secrets of churros. Is the perfect churro supposed to have a crispy exterior and a gooey filling?

Join me as we uncover the truth behind the texture of churros, explore their essence, and learn how to achieve the perfect balance of crispy and tender. 

Prepare your taste buds for a delectable journey into the heart of churro perfection!

Are Churros Supposed to Be Gooey on the Inside?

  • Churro Texture: Traditionally, churros have a crispy, golden-brown exterior and a soft, tender interior. They should not be gooey or undercooked.
  • Consistency of Churro Dough: Churro dough should be smooth, soft, and pliable but not overly runny or sticky. It should hold its shape when piped but still be light and airy on the inside when cooked.

How to Make Churros?

  1. Prepare the Dough: Heat water, butter, sugar, and salt in a saucepan until it boils. Add flour and stir until a smooth dough forms. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  2. Pipe the Dough: Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a star-shaped nozzle. Pipe long, straight lines of dough onto a baking sheet or directly into hot oil for frying.
  3. Fry Until Golden: Fry the churros until they turn golden brown, ensuring they cook evenly on all sides. Remove them from the oil and drain the excess oil on a paper towel.

Tips for Making Churros:

  • Ensure the oil is hot enough (around 350°F/175°C) before frying the churros to achieve the desired texture.
  • Use a star-shaped nozzle for piping the dough, as it creates the classic ridged appearance of churros.
  • Avoid overcrowding the frying pan or pot to allow the churros to cook evenly and maintain their shape.

What Does Churro Taste Like?

spanish churros with hot chocolate sauce

Churros have a delightful flavor profile that combines hints of sweetness, warmth, and a subtle touch of cinnamon [1]. 

Their taste can vary slightly depending on the recipe, but they generally offer a satisfying balance of crispy and tender textures.

Why Are My Churros Chewy?

If your churros turn out chewy instead of light and airy on the inside, a few factors might be at play:

  • Undercooked: Insufficient frying time can result in a chewy texture. Ensure to fry the churros until they are fully cooked and golden brown.
  • Overworked Dough: Overmixing or kneading the dough excessively can develop gluten, leading to a denser texture. Handle the dough gently and avoid overworking it.

Should Churro Batter Be Runny?

No, churro batter should not be overly runny. It should have a soft and smooth consistency that can hold its shape when piped. 

If the batter is too runny, the churros may spread too much during frying, resulting in a flatter texture.


In summary, churros are meant to have a crispy exterior and a soft, tender inside rather than being gooey. It’s important to achieve the right consistency of the dough and fry them correctly to achieve this balance. 

You can enjoy the delightful combination of crispy and tender churros with practice and attention to detail. 

So, embrace the joy of making and savoring these treats, and experience the delightful texture that makes churros a beloved indulgence for all. Get ready to treat yourself to the perfect bite of crispy goodness with a tender heart!


Lauren Beck

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