The idea of Mexican food brings to mind fresh herbs, punchy spices, succulent meat and colorful vegetables.
But Mexican food has plenty to offer to people with a sweet tooth as well! There are lots of fantastic recipes for delicious Mexican desserts that are easy to recreate in your own kitchen.
We have put together this list of 18 of the best Mexican dessert recipes to help you feel inspired to create a tasty treat for your friends or family. Keep reading to find your new favorite dessert.
We are starting off with this recipe for classic churros. They are made from fried dough and are similar to donuts, but with a long thin shape. They have a crisp texture on the outside but they are light and fluffy on the inside.
They are best served warm and dusted with cinnamon and sugar – the smell coming out of your kitchen will be mouthwatering! These churros are also served with a molten chocolate dipping sauce which is just irresistible.
Churros actually originate from Spain, not Mexico, but they are enjoyed in lots of different areas of Mexico and are heavily associated with Mexican cuisine.
One of the most important tips for making good churros is to use boiling water to make the batter. This gives it the gummy texture it needs to hold its shape while it is being cooked.
Bunuelos are another Mexican dessert that is similar to churros, but perhaps more traditional. They are often served at Christmas time. If you want to make them, try this recipe.
If you are looking for a tasty dessert that is not too heavy then this chocolate flan could be ideal. It is similar to a set custard, but with the addition of rich chocolate for even more flavor.
You will need to pay special attention to the timings of this recipe, and make sure that you keep your focus- making custard from scratch can be fiddly and you also need to make your own caramel which can catch and burn if you get distracted.
One of the great things about this chocolate flan is that it is versatile. You can serve it plain or dusted with cinnamon. You can also top it with sliced fruit arranged in a nice pattern – use whatever fruit is in season.
It works very well with ripe mango slices, but you could also go for strawberries or raspberries.
Strawberries and cream is often associated with British summer time, but this dessert is also enjoyed in Mexico. It is really easy to make – you only need 5 ingredients and 10 minutes to bring this dessert together.
It is best to make this dessert when strawberries are in season, as they will be extra juicy and ripe which gives the dessert more flavor and natural sweetness.
If strawberries are not in season you can use a different kind of berry, or even a stone fruit like peaches or plums. The cream is made using soured cream, vanilla extract, evaporated milk and condensed milk.
This dessert is best served in individual bowls or pots, and you can make them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge. This makes it an ideal choice for a party or a BBQ.
Fried ice cream is an indulgent treat that the whole family will love. It can be tricky to make, but this recipe gives you an easier option that doesn’t actually involve any frying.
The ice cream is divided into balls and then returned to the freezer to help them keep their shape.
A crispy coating is made out of toasted cereal, then the ice cream balls are rolled in the cereal. You can then top the ice cream ball with whipped cream and fresh fruit.
Toasting the crushed cereal gives the dessert a golden appearance and buttery flavor as if it had been fried, but without all the hassle. This makes it a great option to make if you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.
Tequila is a signature alcoholic drink in Mexico, and with this recipe you can enjoy it in a beautiful dessert. The pineapple is sweet and tangy, laced with punchy tequila.
White chocolate is folded into whipped cream to create a decadent sauce, which is flavored with cinnamon and vanilla for warmth and sweetness.
The fruit and the cream go perfectly together. This is a great dessert to make for a dinner party with your friends – you could even serve it with a shot of tequila!
These sweet delights are called cakes, but they are more like cookies. They are sweet, buttery and nutty and make a wonderful after dinner treat.
The recipe is actually based on medieval Arab baking which used a lot of fruit, nuts and spices. In Mexican culture they are enjoyed at lots of festive occasions including weddings, christenings, birthdays and Christmas parties.
The basic recipe requires only 7 ingredients- all items you will likely already have in your pantry. You can add additional ingredients if you want to, like dried fruit or chopped nuts. This will create a different texture and add some new flavors to the biscuit.
Dulce De Leche is often served alongside Mexican desserts such as churros or fried ice cream. This milky caramel sauce can be found all over the world, but Cajeta is the Mexican version.
Once you know how to make it you will want to serve it with everything- it can be drizzled over cakes, brownies and cheesecakes, used as a dip or even added to hot cocoa.
This recipe tells you how to make it with goat’s milk, cow’s milk or condensed milk. You can use the more traditional method or go for the easy option depending on how much time you have.
Creamy, fondant chocolate is served as a dessert in lots of different types of cuisine, often in individual dishes or ramekins and topped with fresh berries or a scoop of ice cream.
These Mexican chocolate pots are spiked with chili and cinnamon, giving them a warm kick that makes them even more delicious.
The chocolate is the main ingredient, so make sure that you use a good quality chocolate with a high cocoa content.
Dark chocolate works best – this dessert is not meant to be overly sweet. It is rich and indulgent, and is perfect when served alongside an after dinner coffee.
Concha is a type of sweet bread (pan dulce) that is very popular in Mexico. It is often eaten as a sweet snack or even as a breakfast item.
The white topping represents the surface of a seashell, which is where the bread gets its name ( like a conch shell). It can also be made with a brown topping which is flavored with chocolate.
Conchas are best served with Mexican hot cocoa or with a glass of cold milk. If you want to create an eye-catching dessert, try serving them in a dish topped with fresh fruit with a jug of chocolate sauce or pouring cream.
10. Flan Mexicano
Flan Mexicano is a delicious caramel flan flavored with vanilla and zesty orange. It is sweet and creamy, but is also light enough to be enjoyed after a heavy meal.
This makes it a popular Christmas dessert. You don’t have to flavor it with orange – it works well with the simple flavors of caramel and vanilla.
You can top the flan with fresh fruit and serve it with a scoop of ice cream if you want to create a really special dessert for your family or friends. Alternatively, you can bring the flan to the table and slice it in front of your guests.
This Mexican cake is incredibly moist. Tres Leches means ‘three milk’- once the light sponge is baked you poke holes into it. You then pour over three types of milk – whole milk, condensed milk and evaporated milk.
The sweet milks soak into the soft sponge to make it moist and delicious. The cake is then topped with whipped cream. The sponge is made with whipped egg white which contributes to the incredibly light texture.
The cake is usually served in a dish rather than on a plate because of the liquid milk. It works really well with fresh fruits for a summer pudding.
It will keep in the refrigerator for several days, so you don’t need to eat it all at once (although you might want to!).
12. Affogato Mexico
Affogato is traditionally an Italian dessert which involves pouring coffee over ice cream. However, you can make a few alterations to the recipe to create a Mexican treat. This particular recipe spikes the coffee with tequila and is served in shot glasses.
You can also make a chili and cinnamon coffee to pour over the ice cream if you don’t want to use alcohol. This is a cross between a dessert and a drink, and it will certainly impress your guests.
Sopaipillas are a lesser known Mexican dessert. They are a kind of fritter made from dough which makes them similar to churros. They have a crispy outside and a soft middle and are dusted with sugar and cinnamon.
Some people like to drizzle them with honey or syrup. The difference between churros and sopaipillas is the texture and shape. Churros are long and thin and they are the same sort of size when they are raw or cooked.
Sopaipillas are shaped into triangles, and once they hit the oil they puff up into a fluffy pillow shape. Sometimes they are shaped into a half moon instead of a triangle.
Sopaipillas are often enjoyed with an afternoon coffee, or made over the weekend as a treat for the children. If you want to create a lovely dessert with sopaipillas, serve them in a dish with fresh berries and drizzled with honey, and maybe a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
You could also serve them with a shot of espresso on the side.
Corn is a staple food in Mexico and it is one of the most bountiful crops. Corn has formed a large part of the diet in Mexico for thousands of years. Corn cake can be enjoyed as a sweet treat or as a savory side dish alongside a bowl of chili.
This recipe for sweet Mexican corn cake is based on the corn cake served at Chi Chi’s Mexican restaurant, a popular restaurant chain in the United States.
This recipe uses a can of creamed corn and a corn muffin mix to cut down the preparation and cooking time. If you want to make it from scratch, you can try this recipe instead.
Corn cake is so versatile – you can create whatever kind of dessert you want. You can serve it with custard, cream, ice cream, fruit, honey, syrup, caramel sauce – whatever takes your fancy.
When you think of avocado being used in Mexican cooking, you would probably think of guacamole or an avocado salad. You can actually use avocado to make a delicious Mexican ice cream with a soft green color.
Avocados are grown all year round and are a staple ingredient in Mexican households. Mexico is the largest grower of avocados in the world, and they are often referred to as the ‘Green Gold’ of Mexico.
You don’t need an ice cream maker to create this fantastic ice cream, only an electric mixer and enough space for a loaf tin in your freezer.
When it comes to cutting the avocado, it is best to slice lengthwise down to the pit, and do the same on the other side.
You then hold the avocado on either side of the sliced line and twist the two halves in opposite directions to separate them. You will then be able to easily pick out the pit from one side.
This ice cream is incredibly smooth and creamy. If you want to add some texture, you can serve it with chopped nuts for a nice crunch.
You can also create a lovely ice cream sundae with avocado ice cream, whipped cream, fruit, nuts and melted chocolate drizzled over the top.
Mexican ice cream parlors are called paleterias and they are very popular, as the paleteros – men selling ice creams from a refrigerated cart filled with ice.
Paletas are a frozen treat made with fresh fruit and they have been enjoyed in Mexico for a very long time.
Some people even say that they were a favorite treat of the Aztec emperors, though they would have been a bit different to the paletas we eat today.
This paleta recipe is so refreshing, with juicy strawberries, earthy basil, sweet honey and a squeeze of zesty lime.
The ingredients are all natural, so you can make these delicious lollies for the children without worrying about them having too much added sugar.
You can make up a big batch and then keep them in the freezer to enjoy on a sunny day. They are also perfect to make if you have a BBQ or garden party coming up. .
17. Arroz Con Leche
Arroz con Leche is a Mexican Rice pudding that can be served hot and cold. It is simple to make and is a very homely dessert, perfect for weekday evenings with the family or a cozy sunday afternoon. Cinnamon gives it a lovely warmth and a touch of spice.
When it comes to Mexican desserts there is something for everyone. Whether you like fruit, chocolate, caramel, ice cream, cakes or fritters you will be able to find your ideal dessert on this list.