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Jul 14, 2006 11:58 PM

Tell me about Duritos Wheels

I finally break down and buy a bag of those little wheels Mexican street vendors sell. I always assumed they were some sort of pork rind, but now I'm not sure.

Here's a link with a picture:

In my broken Spanish I ask the name of these snacks.

She says "chicharrones".

Just as I suspected, fried pork rinds.

Then she says "or duritos"

So I look it up.

So what are these things? I guess the way to eat these is like potato chips ... put some hot sauce in the bag with the wheels, sprinkle with lemon juice, shake bag & eat. I just bought the bag au natural since I wasn't going to consume them immeditatly, just try one and give Roberto the rest.

I have to say, they are mighty tasty .. light and crisp and not porky.

So, are these pork? What does the website link mean when it says

"Duritos Wheels Wheat Snacks for frying. Flour pellets to make flour chicharrones.

A pasta pellet product called "duritos", made from wheat flour. Before cooking, they are hard, orange in color, and look like little pinwheels."

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  1. Yumm!!! One of my favorite snacks!! :)

    No, they aren't pork, but as you looked up, flour. They are called Chicharones because they are crispy and have a texture that is similar to Chicharones (In fact, they sell big flat sheet versions that look ALMOST like Pork Rings) and are a good sub when Chicharones are hard to come by (In Mexico you buy them ultra fresh in the morning from a special guy and when he sells out, you have to wait for the next day when he gets his delivery in the morning.) And even in Mexico, they can get pricy (I remember durring the low carb craze at my Mexican market, they were going for $7/lb!!!).

    They are known in their pre-fried form as Duritos because they are Duros... Hard! :) They sell them by weight (Including the big sheets!) at Mexican Supermarkets in their bulk section and make them at home (Just get a hot pot of oil going and fish them out with a spider. They only take a SECOND to puff up and can BURN if not taken out when they get golden.

    As you noticed, they have no porky flavor (and if done properly should not be overly greasy). When my Non-Mexican friends look a them with suspicion, I tell them they taste like cheetos without the cheese dust (Which they DO! :))

    The best way to enjoy these however are with a squeeze of lemon juice followed by a squeeze of hot sauce (Tapatio is traditional) and then shake up the bag and much immediately (So they don't get too soggy and turn to mush.)

    Like I said, I adore these and the only thing better than me finding a vendor that has these is finding a vendor who has these AND fresh potato chips (Served up the same way, Tapatio and Lemon... Hmmm...)


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    1. re: Dommy

      Thanks so much. They are addictive. I stole a few more.

      The Cheetos comparison is good ... but they are better ... more delicate.

      That's too bad I didn't know they were not pork before. El Tigre in Escondido sold the big sheets you talked about in their deli. Assuming pork skins, I just admired them.

      There is a vendor on my street that has THE MOST AMAZING potato chips ... they are so thin you can see through them almost, like a potato chip stained glass window. They are too good to put the hot sauce on actually. AND delivered to my front door as he strolls up the street.

    2. And once again, rworange, this is a great question that you have posed -- I have also wondered about these.

      Thanks, Dommy, for the 101 course on chicharones. I have seen them at the Alameda Swap Meet and on the downtown streets of LA at some of the Mexican outdoor markets where they sell mostly pinatas and candies.

      1. Here's my photo of the flat variety covered with cueritos from Cinco de Mayo in Santa Rosa (Calif.).

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Melanie, this is a gorgeous photo.

          1. re: liu

            Thank you, sometimes the simplest street food is the most beautiful (and delicious!). Here's a link to more from the day.


          2. re: Melanie Wong

            Very cool, Melanie. Thanks. I never would have connected that with those little wheels ... or the big sheets at El Tigre.

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            1. I found a bag of these in the ethnic section of our local Publix, tho I've also seen them at Walmart. Luckily for me, the bag of little orange wagon wheels had instructions to either deep fry or microwave. Me being the "I want it NOW" sort, I tried the microwave and was delighted with the results! I just finished the last of the bag and came out here looking for the name since I stored them in Tupperware and the label was long gone. Duros...I had them tonight, straight out of the microwave, dipped in Greek dressing leftover from a recent take-out dinner. The snacks might be Mexican, but they translate well! A handful spread out on the microwave turntable (they will expand!) takes about 45 seconds on High. THAT makes me happy.