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18 Mexican Dessert Recipes

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Homemade Deep Fried Mexican Sopaphillas

Want an authentic Mexican Dessert for your next fiesta?

From fried ice cream and caramel flan to traditional churros and sopapillas, these tasty treats will satisfy every taste bud.

In fact, you haven’t truly lived until you try the classic tres leches. This heavenly cake is creamy, ultra-light, and practically melts in your mouth.

If you’re looking for some of the best flavors of Mexico, try these 18 dessert recipes for yourself! These favorites are sure to delight!

1. Churros

Deep-fried dough coated in cinnamon sugar and dipped in chocolate or caramel? Yes, please!

Sweet, crunchy on the outside, and fluffy and moist on the inside: churros are perfection.

You don’t even need to go to a Mexican restaurant to get your hands on these sweet sticks!

Churros are best eaten freshly cooked, so why not make your own? Believe me, this recipe is tremendously easy. Anyone can follow it.

2. Fried Ice Cream

Vanilla ice cream is already glorious, but when you fry it? Hallelujah! All that crunch and flavor – oh-so-dynamite!

With this mess-free recipe, there’s no need for a deep-fryer!

Instead of coating the ice cream and then deep-frying it, you’ll only fry the cornflakes. Then, you’ll roll the ice cream in the fried cornflakes, giving it that deep-fried effect. 

Drizzle chocolate syrup (or caramel, whichever one you prefer) all over that bad boy!

Sinful and decadent, this Mexican dessert is definitely not for calorie counters!

3. Dulce de Leche

Sure, you know about nachos, tacos, and burritos, but are you familiar with dulce de leche? It’s only the sweetest, most luscious Mexican dessert ever! 

Dulce de leche is sweetened milk, and it is phenomenal. It’s a lot like caramel, but much better!

Best of all, it’s effortless to make. You just take a can of condensed milk, pour it in a pan, and bake it in the oven for 2 hours.

When you take it out, you’ll get a super thick, creamy, and delicious dessert! 

You can use dulce de leche as a bread spread, cake filling or icing, churros dip, or ice cream topping. You can also just eat it with a spoon. I know I do!

4. Caramel Flan

Sweet and melt-in-you-mouth custard oozing with caramel sauce: that’s what all this flan is all about.

If you’ve never tried making caramel flan before, this quick and easy recipe is a good way to start. It’s simple and only calls for five basic ingredients.

With some sugar, eggs, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract, you’ll have the most indulgent flan in no time!

5. Tres Leches Cake 

Tres leches, which literally means, “three milks,” is an incredibly moist and decadent cake. 

It’s a poke cake that’s drizzled with three different kinds of milk – heavy cream, evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed milk – making it so sweet and decadent.

Topped with a dollop of whipped cream for garnish, this cake is heavenly.

When I first had this cake, I thought it was so good, it must be complicated to make. But boy, was I wrong! 

If you can make a sponge cake, then you will have no problem making this recipe.

Once the cake is baked, all you need to do is poke holes in it, pour the milk over, and refrigerate! 

6. Sweet Mexican Corn Cake 

Mexican sweet corn cake: it’s moist and sweet, and a perfect way to end any Mexican meal.

What’s so special about a Mexican corn cake? Well, for starters, it uses three different forms of corn: corn flour, corn meal, and actual corn.

So from that alone, you already know how much this cake is bursting with corn flavor!

Whether you top this popular dessert with cajeta or caramel, ice cream, or powdered sugar, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Deep Fried Mexican Sopaphillas

7. Sopapillas 

Sopapillas are fluffy, puffy, and sweet doughs deep fried to perfection!

These pillowy doughs have a consistency similar to that of the Indian fry bread. Sometimes people also fill the inside with taco meat for a savory snack.

For dessert, they fill it with berries and cream. 

For this recipe, all you need is powdered sugar and honey. These simple ingredients make a humongous impact. Just get in my belly already!

Mexican Bunuelos

8. Mexican Buñuelos

Bunuelos are a popular Mexican dessert that are crisp on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.

They’re like a cross between a donut and a churro, so if you’re a fan of those desserts, then bunuelos are a must-try!

They’re often served during the holiday season, but with this recipe, you can make bunuelos any time, any day!

Bunuelos come in two shapes. In this recipe, we’re shaping the bunuelos like a donut: round with a hollowed center.

Deep-fried and coated with cinnamon and sugar, it makes a wonderful dessert or an afternoon snack.

9. Chocoflan Impossible Cake

Nothing is impossible with this easy chocoflan impossible cake! This cake is not only delicious and easy to make, it’s magical as well! Well… sort of.

Made with a rich chocolate cake with a layer of vanilla flan and a topping of cajeta, this cake is one of the most sinful and decadent desserts you will have in your lifetime.

As for the magical aspect? Well, you’ll start by drizzling cajeta in a pan, and then pour the chocolate cake batter, and then the flan mixture.

You’ll expect it to come out arranged in that order, but then something amazing happens as it bakes.

The layers of flan and chocolate cake comes in reverse, with the flan on top and the cake at the bottom! Science, am I right?   

10. Mexican Wedding Cookies 

There’s no need to attend a Mexican wedding to enjoy these cookies! Make them at home any day you want.

Also called polvorones, snowballs, and butterballs, these dainty cookies are sweet, tender, buttery, nutty… I can go on and on! Every bite is just pure ecstasy.

Who would think something that tastes so sophisticated is also easy to make? Six ingredients are all you need to make them!

With some butter, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, flour, and pecans, you’ll have your very own batch of these glorious cookies. 

11. Rice Pudding 

Also known as Arroz Con Leche, Mexican rice pudding is a simple dessert that only calls for four ingredients. Wow!

Luscious, sweet, and decadent – this dessert is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Whether you serve it warm or cold, it’ll be delicious.

For this pudding, you’ll need milk, sugar, rice, and cinnamon. For a more interesting flavor and texture, you can also add raisins and shredded coconut.

Oh, and to add a little kick, how about some rum? 

12. Pineapple Empanadas 

Sweet pineapple filling in an empanada? Why not?

I usually enjoy empanadas as a savory snack. So when I first encountered these pineapple empanadas, my mind was blown!

The filling is so sweet and juicy, and it is wonderfully complemented by the flaky, buttery crust. 

The best part is, you can make these sweet pockets at home! You’ll be surprised at how easy the dough is to make. As for the filling?

While this recipe calls for pineapple preserves, whatever jam you have on hand will do!

13. Mexican Sweet Bread (Conchas) 

Mexican sweet bread or conchas is classic bread that’s popular for its shape. Concha, which is Spanish for “shell,” has a topping that’s distinctly shaped like a shell. 

It’s wonderfully sweet and tender and is extremely popular in Mexican cuisine. It’s eaten at any time of the day — not just for dessert!

With this recipe, YOU can make authentic Mexican sweet bread at home. Usually, conchas are topped with white frosting, but this recipe calls for a chocolate topping.

Who doesn’t like chocolate?  

Whether you eat on its own, filled with refried beans or milk foam, or dipped in warm milk or hot cocoa, you can’t go wrong. It always tastes spectacular!

14. Mexican Sweet Corn Cake (Pastel De Elote) 

Okay, you got me. I love Mexican sweet corn cake so much, I’m featuring another recipe! 

You’ll use a bundt pan for this recipe. With a bundt pan, your cake will get those lovely ridges that the cajeta can ooze from. 

Just like the first entry, this recipe will give you a cake that bursts with so much corn flavor.

Whether you top it with cajeta, whipped cream, ice cream, or powdered sugar, you won’t go wrong: it will still be amazing.

15. Buñuelos 

I’ve already talked about the round bunuelos earlier, so this time I’ll talk about the round and flat version.

Also known as elephant ears, these bunuelos are a popular fair food all over the country. 

There’s no need to wait for the next fair to enjoy these fantastic flat bunuelos. Just make them at home!

They’re so easy, they come together in less than an hour!

16. Dulce De Leche Donuts

I’ve already covered dulce de leche and how yummy and easy it is to make. What I failed to mention is that it’s so addictive, you’ll want to incorporate it in as many desserts as you can.

Case in point: dulce de leche donuts.

The combination of soft, fluffy donuts, and a sweet dulce de leche filling creates a beautiful harmony in your mouth. Every bite is so good, it’ll feel like you’re in heaven.

To make them, you only need four ingredients: mini-biscuit dough, dulce de leche, butter, and some powdered sugar for dusting.

Quick, easy, and decadent: it’s everything you want in a dessert, and more.

17. Mexican Hot Chocolate 

Say hello to homemade Mexican hot chocolate!

When it comes to heart-warming, soul-satisfying drinks, you deserve nothing but the best.

The secret to this Mexican hot chocolate is that it’s made with love… and 100% unsweetened cocoa powder.

Mix the cocoa powder with milk, cinnamon, and a bit of chili, and you’ll have a cozy hot chocolate that’s perfect for a cold or cloudy day. 

Oh and don’t forget the mini-marshmallows! Hot cocoa isn’t complete without those tiny pillows of joy!

18. Horchata

Last on the list is a popular Mexican drink that will add sweetness to any meal. Horchata is made with rice (or other grains) and milk.

Seasoned with sugar and cinnamon and loaded with ice, it’s a sweet, creamy, milky, and refreshing drink.

Who says you can only enjoy horchata in your favorite Mexican restaurant?

It calls for the most basic pantry ingredients, so you can make it at home. 

Got rice, cinnamon, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract? If so, then give homemade horchata a try today!

You can drink this beverage as is or spike it with some rum for a bit of kick. Yum. 

18 Mexican Desserts (+ Easy Recipes)

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  • Organize all the required ingredients.
  • Cook up a tasty treat in 30 minutes or less!
Mexican Dessert Recipes

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