The Dulce de Nuégano or the Nuégado

In Tuxtla Gutierrez, we find many of the typical dishes from Chiapas: the tzispolá, the ningüijuti and turulas tuxtlecas, the delicious sweets like this candy nuégano (nuégados), also the chimbos and puxinu.

This recipe that I have posted here is for the mexican candy called nuéganos, which is believed to have been first created in Spain, Castilla la Mancha region; it was integrated in the traditions of southern Mexico and Central America, in particular Salvador. They are also popular in Chiapas, where we can see Nuéganos in many different shapes and forms. In Tuxtla Gutiérrez, where this recipe is from, Nuéganos are made like small round pancakes, garnished by a pink colored sugar icing.

Recipe of the Nuégados from Tuxtla Gutierrez


* 1 cup flour
* 2 cups sugar for the syrup
* 1 cup Water
* 1/2 cup granulated sugar
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 2 eggs
* salt water
* 1 drop red food coloring
* lard or oil for frying

Making this recipe:

1) To prepare nuéganos, we begin by making the dough: knead the flour with the baking powder and eggs, if it is still too dry, add a little salt water. Let the mixture stand until fluffy.

2) Then cut into pieces that you will stretch with a rolling pin and flatten with your fingertips; then fry in hot lard or oil.

3) Bring the cup of water to a boil, then add the 2 cups sugar and mix until smooth: this will be our syrup. Put the Nuégados first in this syrup; then, each candy is formed with three small pancakes.

4) Pour the 1/2 cup sugar in a jar, pour the one drop of red dye coloring in the sugar then quickly close the lid of the jar then shake it until the sugar comes out pink.

Sprinkle this pink sugar on one side of the nuéganos.

This recipe makes nuégados for 6.

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