Must-Try Mexican Desserts

Craving a way to satisfy your sweet tooth after a taco dinner or fajita feast? Try one of our fan-favorite Mexican dessert recipes, including crispy churros and fruit-stuffed empanadas. Loaded with flavors like cinnamon, caramel, mango, and more, these festive dessert recipes will help any day feel more like a fiesta.

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    Tequila-Spiked Apple Empanadas

    Hand pies go south of the border with a tequila- and cayenne-infused glaze. This isn't your grandma's apple pie recipe. (Shh...it's better!)

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    Glazed Churros

    Churros are the quintessential Mexican dessert, but a flavorful glaze puts a fun spin on the airy treat. Our churro recipe lets you pick from four different types of glazes to dip into: Mexican chocolate, birthday cake, orange, or pistachio-lime.

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    Watermelon Margarita Pops

    Part fruit, part cocktail, these adults-only watermelon pops freeze in a marinade of orange juice and zest, tequila, and a bit of sugar. Just like the shaker drink, this Mexican dessert recipe is finished with a sprinkle of salt.

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    Mexican Chocolate Pots de Creme

    A little bit of cinnamon (just a quarter teaspoon!) goes a long way to give these creamy chocolate custards warm Mexican flavor.

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    Cajeta Quesadillas with Fruit Salsa

    Discover the sweet side of Mexican food with our fruity spin on quesadillas. The outside features a crispy, caramel-drizzled tortilla, while the inside holds a marvelous medley of pineapple, blackberries, and agave nectar. Top with a spoonful of whipped cream and you've got yourself one fun, fiesta-ready treat.

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    Huachibolas (Jam and Cream Cheese Rolls)

    Break open one of these buttery rolls to discover cream cheese and fruit jam filling. (Hint: Opt for orange marmalade for the perfect tangy-sweet combo to complement the cinnamon-sugar topping.)

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    Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Rather than long, stick-like churros, pipe dough in round spirals before frying. Two of these churro cookies are the perfect cinnamon-sugar “bread” for an ice cream sandwich!

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    Vanilla & Chocolate Conchas

    Often served with breakfast at Mexican restaurants, these sweet yeast cookies are loaded with enough classic dessert ingredients (butter, sugar, cocoa powder) to be a super-satisfying treat any hour of the day.

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    Dulce de Leche Fluff Brownies

    This Mexican dessert is perfect for a crowd! Mounds of swirly marshmallow creme add sticky sweetness to these caramelly dulce de leche bars. Don't forget to sprinkle on a spoonful of toasted pecans for a bit of crunch.

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    Mexican Corn Cakes

    If you love bread pudding or spoon bread, this Mexican dessert is just your style. Cinnamon ice cream and honey add just the right amount of sweetness to the delicious fresh corn flavor.

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    Upside-Down Mango Cake

    Give pineapple upside-down cake a modern makeover by using mangoes as the fruit in the spotlight. Top things off with a drizzle of dulce de leche and a sprinkle of shredded coconut for even more Mexican flair.

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    Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

    Don't want to fuss with making fried sopapillas at home? Bake a batch of dessert bars that feature all the same flavors. To make prep for this Mexican dessert even easier, we call for refrigerated flaky biscuits for the top and bottom crusts.

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    Dulce de Leche Cake

    Dulce de leche is a creamy concoction made from sweetened milk; when warmed, it tastes like caramelized cinnamon-sugar. Look for this South American delicacy in the ethnic section of your grocery store or at Mexican specialty markets.

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    Cinnamon Churros

    Like doughnuts, these cinnamon-sugar-coated strips of fried dough are always a hit. Dress them up with a bowl of sweet and spicy Mexican chocolate sauce for dipping.

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    Salted Caramel Flan with Blackberries

    Give traditional flan a sophisticated spin with elegant flavors, such as salted caramel and fresh blackberries. The smooth, melt-in-your-mouth Mexican dessert is a delicious and impressive sweet for any occasion.

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    Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce De Leche Filling

    A sprinkle of cayenne pepper sasses up these chocolaty one-bite wonders. Just add a pinch or two to the smooth dulce de leche filling that's sandwiched between two crispy homemade wafer cookies.

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    Canela Bunuelos with Anise Syrup

    You're looking at one of our favorite Mexican desserts. Canela, Spanish for "cinnamon," is milder and crumblier than most versions. Its flavor gives these fried funnel-cake-like treats their soft flavor, allowing the homemade anise syrup to really shine.

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    Tres Leches Cake

    "Tres leches" means three milks in Spanish and refers to the three different milks in the vanilla sauce that drizzles over the cake. This version of a classic cake starts with a box of cake mix and adds a layer of chopped fresh strawberries.

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    Pineapple-Banana Crepas de Cajeta

    What's better than banana pancakes? Banana crepes! These thin but mighty treats get a Mexican makeover with the help of fresh fruit, creamy cajeta caramel, and a splash of rum.

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    Mocha Tres Leches Cake

    Sink your teeth into soft, fluffy spoonfuls of rich, chocolaty goodness. This twist on tres leches features espresso coffee powder baked into moist chocolate cake that's topped with creamy curls of whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.

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    Bizcochitos

    Bizcochitos are Mexico's official state dessert and first-ever in the world to become a state cookie. These buttery, two-bite delights are flavored with anise and sweet cinnamon. They pair deliciously with morning coffee or a tall glass of milk.

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    Tres Leches-Berry Parfaits

    Transform an ordinary fruit parfait into a delectable dessert using just a few simple ingredients: rum-infused cake cubes, juicy berries, and our very own homemade cinnamon tres leches sauce. To add some sweet flair, sprinkle with toasted coconut and garnish with fresh mint leaves.

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    Anise Churros with Chocolate Sauce

    These sugar-coated churros are as sweet as candy. We've added both anise seed and anise extract to the batter to give them a rich, licorice-like flavor. Remember to dunk them in a creamy bowl of coffee-infused chocolate for a wonderfully warm Mexican combination.

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    Lime-Piloncillo Cocada

    Piloncillo is unrefined cane sugar that's pressed into cones and tastes like caramel. The Mexican dark brown sugar adds sweetness to these flaky coconut cookies featuring salted pistachios and toasted almonds.

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    Vanilla Flan with Butterscotch Sauce

    This Mexican dessert recipe couldn't be easier! The simplistic pairing of sweet vanilla bean and half-and-half creates smooth spoonfuls of creamy goodness. Drape the top of this delightfully light dessert in a layer of velvety butterscotch for a warm touch.

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    Margarita Recipes

    Relax on the patio with one of our delicious margarita recipes. Whether you prefer frozen margaritas, strawberry margaritas, or the best classic recipe, you'll love every sip of these tasty margaritas.
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