14 Amazing Mexican Desserts

We've assembled our best Mexican desserts, including the much-loved flan.

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Caramel Flans
Caramel Flans

    The Spanish brought this creamy, caramel-draped custard to Mexico, where it caught on quickly and is now the quintessential Mexican dessert. The caramel is simply cooked sugar that turns golden as it melts.

Boca Negra Mini Cakes

    This Mexican version of flourless chocolate cake features a kick of heat thanks to the addition of adobo sauce. The cream sauce on top tames the spice and adds a slightly tangy note to these sweet cakes.

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.

Ancho Chile Truffles

    Mexican cooks understand how well chocolate and chile peppers pair together. Roll decadent cinnamon and chocolate truffles in cocoa and ground ancho chile pepper to discover the magic.

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.

Honey-Roasted Pears with Caramel Sauce

    The secret to these moist and flavorful pears is basting the fruit with a honey-spice and vanilla bean syrup during roasting.

Caballeros Ricos (Bread Pudding with Almonds and Cinnamon Syrup)

    Pure decadence, this pudding boasts an ultrarich flavor thanks to the combination of whole milk, coffee, cloves, and almonds.

Chocolate-Ancho Creme Brulee

    Flan and creme brulee both start with a rich custard base, but creme brulee has a bricklelike topping instead of flan's caramel syrup. Chocolate, cinnamon, and ground chile pepper flavor this version.

Oaxacan Coconut Flan

    Oaxaca [wah-HAH-kah], a southern Mexican state, is known for its tropical fruits and desserts. This community-size flan uses cream of coconut and toasted coconut to give it tropical flavor.

Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream

    Homemade ice cream is always a treat, and this one won't disappoint. It combines four of Mexico's favorite sweetest flavors -- chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and almond.

Atole de Fresca (Strawberry Soup)

    Atole [ah-TOH-leh] is a popular Mexican beverage that is thickened with masa harina (corn tortilla flour). This sweet dessert soup is a spin on the beverage and is akin to a melty milk shake made with pureed strawberries, buttermilk, and vanilla.

Grilled Pineapple Skewers with Ice Cream

    Vibrant tropical fruits abound in the markets of Mexico and inspired this skewered fruit dessert. Marinate pineapple, star fruit, papaya, and kiwifruit in honey-rum syrup before grilling, then serve with dulce de leche or vanilla ice cream.

Mexican Chipotle Chocolate Bites

    Layer a chocolate ganache filling, made with Mexican-style spicy-sweet chocolate, between two bite-size cookies for the ultimate sweet sandwich with a kick.


    A tribute to Mexico, this airy, soft meringue pudding has three layers in the colors of the Mexican flag. Serve each almond-flavor slice with vanilla custard sauce.

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