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13 Famous Mexican Desserts To Eat

These modern and traditional desserts from Mexico are favorites for good reason.

Qué es para el postre? What’s for dessert?

Churros with sugar and chocolate sauce

Are you looking for some amazing authentic Mexican desserts to finish off your next fiesta?

My love affair with Mexican desserts is hard to top. If you are looking to branch out and try some new and exciting dessert flavors, you’ve come to the right place.

These tasty treats are guaranteed to satisfy everyone.

Mexican Desserts 

From dulce de leche to conchas, from homemade churros to fried ice cream, here are thirteen famous Mexican dessert delights I simply cannot resist.


Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches, which translates to three milks, is one of the most mouthwatering, delightful, moist cakes you will ever eat. 

Since the name means three milks, the cake is soaked in three types of milk to make this tasty cake: evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream. 

Tres leches cake is an incredibly light sponge cake that is not excessively sweet, with a trace of cinnamon that erupts on your taste buds.

Typically topped with whipped cream and a bit more cinnamon, the tres leche cake makes for one of the most delightful Mexican desserts you will ever try! 


Dulce de Leche

Another delicious Mexican dessert with its primary ingredient being milk is dulce de leche, or sweet of milk. 

This delicious blend of caramelized milk and sugar is a labor of love. Dulce de Leche takes a long time to cook until it becomes the color and consistency of caramel sauce and reaches the Maillard reaction

Typically used as a delightful addition to cakes and cupcakes and even as a topper on cookies, Dulce de leche is a dense, creamy, comforting treat. It is the ideal complement to any dessert. 


Mexican Wedding Cakes

Mexican wedding cakes are crumbly cookies with a shortbread-like consistency.

They have a buttery and toasty flavor, making them absolutely irresistible. 

In addition to scrumptious flavor, these cookies have an enormous amount of history.

Historians think the recipe for Mexican wedding cakes was migrated from Mexico by Spanish conquistadors to the Americas in the 16th century. 

Traditionally, finely chopped nuts like walnuts, pecans, or almonds create these savory and flavorful Mexican wedding cakes. Coated in powdered sugar, these cookies will melt in your mouth!  


Fried Ice Cream

To be completely honest, I love anything with the word “fried” in it.

And I do not think there can be anything better than the combination of sweet ice cream that is frozen, coated in batter, and deep-fried. 

Fried ice cream is an unbelievably perfect mix of a warm, crispy shell around still-cold ice cream.

This decadent dessert can feature a fried outer layer of anything from sweet crushed cookies or savory crunchy cornflakes. 

If you’ve never had this dessert, I promise you that you will fall in love with it just like me after the first bite.


Sopapilla Cheesecake

This tasty dessert is ubiquitous in the Hispanic culture.

A sopapilla is a tortilla-like dough that is fried until puffy and probably originated in Albuquerque, New Mexico, more than 200 years ago. 

Throw it in a cheesecake recipe, and oh, Dios mío. This decadent dessert with cream cheese, dough, and a cinnamon sugar layer will satisfy every taste bud. 

Whether you put chocolate, more cinnamon, or whipped cream on top, sopapilla cheesecake is fantastic with any topping your heart desires.


Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie

If you love the smooth, velvety taste of a French silk pie and the spicy hint of Mexican hot chocolate, then you will adore a Mexican hot chocolate pie. 

Made with the ingredients used to create Mexican hot chocolate, the filling of this fantastic pie is so satiny smooth you won’t believe your taste buds. 

No words can really describe the flavor of a Mexican hot chocolate pie except for rich, creamy, and decadent. 

It is like eating a cloud spiked with cinnamon, vanilla, and a hint of spicy cayenne pepper.

If you want to get the most bang for your buck with this fantastic Mexican dessert, you can get it with tequila or liquor added for a little bit of an extra something special.


Homemade Churros

Few desserts scream Mexican favorites to me more than a homemade churro.

In many people’s opinion, these thick fried dough cakes are the pinnacle of Mexican desserts. 

Often immersed in chocolate just before eating a homemade churro is a fried fiesta.

This Mexican dessert is like a long, thin doughnut coated with sugar, but so much better because you get the added bonus of crispy ridges like a french fry. 

A fluffy doughnut combined with a crispy french fry is the definition of paradise, right? Who can resist that? 

Plus​​, making churros at home is so much easier than you could possibly think. All you have to do is pipe dough into hot oil, remove, drain and coat with cinnamon sugar, and you have this delicious dessert. 

If you want to be fancy, you can use a pastry bag with a star tip to make the unique design of the churro. 

I love this Mexican dessert so much that I have a churro press to make it even easier to create.


Rice Pudding

Mexican rice pudding, or arroz con leche, tends to be a staple when it comes to Mexican desserts. 

It is actually pretty similar to a tres leches cake in that it uses the same three types of milk: evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream. 

Mexican rice pudding is a sweet and simple recipe that is the epitome of comfort food in any language. 

A bonus to arroz con leche is that it is as delicious as it is nutritious, and that is certainly something you can’t say about most desserts. 

Mexican rice pudding offers essential vitamins, such as vitamins B1 and B2 and potassium, making this dessert a great supplement to any meal. 

But more importantly, it really is delicious. Mexican rice pudding is often sweetened with cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, or even raisins. 

You absolutely do not have to feel guilty about indulging in this fabulous Mexican dessert.


RumChata Cheesecake

A fabulous Mexican dessert that is created with RumChata, a cream made with the finest Caribbean Rum- sign me up! 

The RumChata cheesecake is a creamy, dreamy after-dinner treat that is perfect for any meal’s finishing touch. 

Plus, a RumChata cheesecake typically features a gooey cinnamon drizzle poured over the top for some extra flavor and flair. You can’t go wrong with this Mexican dessert. 

Between the decadent creamy cheesecake, the buttery cinnamon crust, and the boozy bonus, The RumChata cheesecake is the perfect combination of Mexico meets the Caribbean.


Mexican Hot Chocolate

If you have never tried Mexican hot chocolate, you are missing out on a tremendous treat. 

Mexican chocolate is very different from the hot chocolate you are probably used to drinking, but in a fabulous way.

Mexican chocolate has a more earthy texture than many other styles of chocolate, creating a unique taste. 

Mexican hot chocolate is also often a bit grainier than our fine powdery American hot chocolate, but in my opinion, that is what makes it so much better. 

Mexican hot chocolate typically includes spices, such as cinnamon or cayenne, combined throughout, creating a creamy and frothy texture, which comes from using a traditional molinillo

In addition to adding it to hot milk, Mexican hot chocolate can best be described as a syrup-like chocolate base, so you can add it to or mix it with nearly any dessert you like.


Conchas

There is a lot of history behind the incredible Mexican dessert, conchas.

This dessert’s creation dates back to the 17th century when French immigrants began traveling to Mexico. 

They brought French baking traditions and combined them with Hispanic ingredients to form this fantastic dessert. 

A concha consists of a sweet bread roll and a crumbly cookie dough as its topping.

Conchas are also known as pan dulce (sweet bread) and are often flavored with chocolate, cinnamon, or vanilla as well.


Flan

The Mexican dessert flan is a baked custard and a staple for lovers of Mexican cuisine.

If you have never tasted flan, you are missing out on a little slice of heaven on a plate. 

Flan is a rich, creamy, dense custard with eggs, sugar, milk, whipping cream, and a little vanilla. The custard tastes utterly sweet and even lightly eggy. 

But the best part of the dessert is the sugar caramelized for the top. Flan is very similar to creme brulee or panna cotta in taste but not at all like those desserts in texture. 

The unbelievable velvety custard delivers an unexpectedly light flavor making this Mexican dessert irresistible. 


Buñuelos

If you want to try a Mexican dessert that tastes amazing and offers a bit of tradition (and even some good luck), you must try a buñuelo. 

This dessert is a tradition in Mexico and Latin American countries. Buñuelos are most often served around Christmas and New Year since many people of Hispanic heritage believe buñuelos bring good luck. 

Made from frying pieces of dough and then covered in cinnamon sugar, buñuelos will have you begging for more. 

Buñuelos are very similar in flavor to sopapillas, but the texture is different. A sopapilla is light and puffy, while a buñuelo is thin and crispy. 

They’re usually flattened into deep-fried disks like a tortilla and then served with sugar or cinnamon for dipping.


Mexican Desserts 

  1. Tres Leches Cake 
  2. Dulce de Leche
  3. Mexican Wedding Cakes
  4. Fried Ice Cream
  5. Sopapilla Cheesecake
  6. Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie
  7. Homemade Churros
  8. Rice Pudding 
  9. RumChata Cheesecake
  10. Mexican Hot Chocolate 
  11. Conchas
  12. Flan 
  13. Buñuelos 

Final Thoughts

Well, there you have it, the list of my thirteen favorite Mexican desserts. 

As far as I am concerned, there is no going wrong with any Mexican cuisine, especially Mexican desserts. 

Whether you are in the mood for sweet, savory, crunchy, or creamy, you can find the perfect dessert from Mexico. 

So did I miss any that should be on the list? What are your favorite Mexican desserts?

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin lives in East Passyunk and enjoys checking out the local restaurants in South Philly and beyond. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.