Monday munchies: Churros

Nothing compares to eating fresh fried churros in Mexico. Or so I thought, before stumbling upon Churros el Tigre late one night, with a mean case of the munchies. The cart, which used to be on University and 36th streets in City Heights, sadly is no longer.

However, these beloved treats have garnered such a cult-like following among local sweet tooths that there’s now two permanent locations to get your fix. And, they’re also available to cater your next fiesta.

Half the fun is watching the making of this treat; as more and more batter is added to the hot oil, the churros begin to coil and puff up, primed for an application of their trademark cinnamon and sugar seasoning, plus toppings like sweetened condensed milk, hot caramel, Bavarian cream, chocolate or strawberry preserves.

A serving of these piping hot, crunchy, chewy churros come in small (five pieces) and large (nine pieces) sizes for $2.25 and $3.25, respectively.

Besides the namesake churros sold here, the fried, caramelized platanos (plantains) doused in sweetened condensed milk are something else, and totally worth their weight in caloric gold.

Churros el Tigre is located at the Las Americas Premium Outlets food court (4211 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro); and the Spring Valley Swap Meet from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

For mor information, call (619) 867-2915 or go online to

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Source: DiscoverSD