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Chicharrones de Harina (or duros de harina) are fried wheat crisps and one of my favorite “antojitos” ever!
You might also hear them called – duros, duritos, Mexican pinwheel chips, etc.
They are a popular street food sold by Mexican street vendors everywhere. Or, find them at ice cream shops or corner liquor stores.
Light, crispy, and so easy to make your own chicharrones at home.
- Chicharrones de Harina – Look for them at Mexican grocery stores, or in the Mexican spice aisle, or buy them online.
- Oil for Frying – Here, you have vegetable oil, but you can also use corn oil or peanut oil for frying.
- Hot Sauce (optional) – Valentina hot sauce is a popular brand as is Tapatio and Cholula.
- Lime Juice (optional) but recommended for a tangy taste.
Spices You Can Add:
For another layer of flavor, you can also sprinkle with ground chile de arbol, ground cumin, and/or chile powder.
Chamoy and Tajin also make good additions.
What are duros or chicharrones?
They are made of wheat flour and a few other ingredients. In essence, they are a type of pasta that when fried become light and airy.
You might see them in the shape of a rectangle, but most commonly, they are found as pinwheels or wagon wheels.
Don’t confuse them with the other “chicharrones” which are fried pork skins.
- Using a deep-fry thermometer, heat oil to 350 degrees F.
- Add a few pieces to the hot oil.
- After they start puffing, flip to fry all sides.
Work in batches. It is best not to overcrowd the pan, or they will not fry properly.
The good thing is that they only take a few minutes to puff up in the hot oil.
Don’t have a deep-fry thermometer?
The oil is ready when you add a wooden skewer into the oil and it starts to bubble.
- Use a slotted spoon to drain the oil.
- Remove the chicharron from the hot oil.
The orange part is hard. Once the orange color is gone, they are ready to be removed.
Be very careful. We are working with really hot oil here.
Air Fryer Instructions
Preheat the air fryer to 390°F.
Place the duros in the basket of the air fryer and spray with oil.
Cook for 2 minutes.
Remove and enjoy!
- Drain any excess oil on a paper towel.
- Serve immediately.
Consume right away. They were meant to be eaten that day.
How to Store:
Place the pieces that do not have hot sauce or lime juice in a sealable bag. Remove as much air as possible.
They will last for a day, maybe two, but they will lose some of their crunchy texture.
More Mexican Snacks:
The crunch from the chicharrones de harina is SO good.
Kinda like a potato chip crunch, it’s incredibly addicting and perfect for snacking. Provecho!
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Chicharrones de Harina
- 1 cup chicharrones de harina
- 4 cups oil
- Hot Sauce
- Heat oil.
- Once it reaches 350 degrees F, add a few of the chicharrones.
- Turn to cook all parts.
- Remove with a slotted spoon.
- Drain excess oil on a paper towel.
- Drizzle with lime and hot sauce.
- Serve immediately.
- Preheat the air fryer to 390°F.
- Place the duros in the basket of the air fryer and spray with oil.
- Cook for 2 minutes.
- Remove and enjoy!
- Place the pieces that do not have hot sauce or lime juice in a sealable bag. Remove as much air as possible.
- They will last for a 1-2 days.
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