Mexican Desserts

Popular Mexican Desserts Recipes That Have it All

A Mexican meal is surely incomplete without its desserts. So, if you want to know how to prepare some of the popular Mexican desserts, go through the following article.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Mar 5, 2018
Churros with Chocolate
Mexican cuisine is known for its wide variety of ingredients that add spice and a tempting look to the recipe. And Mexican desserts are simply tempting and luscious; you just cannot escape from them. The cooking methods and ingredients used for these desserts are very unique. Sopapillas, flans, cakes, churros, cajeta, etc., are some of the most popular Mexican desserts. Given below are some of these dessert recipes.

Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie

Ingredients
  • Honey - ¼ cup
  • Butter (room temperature) - ½ cup
  • White sugar - 1¾ cup
  • Crescent rolls cans (refrigerated) - 2 (8 ounces each)
  • Mexican vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon
  • Packaged cream cheese (softened) - 2 (8 ounces each)
  • Ground cinnamon - 1 teaspoon
Procedure

Grease a baking pan of appropriate size and preheat the oven to 350 °F. With the help of electric mixer, beat the mixture of cream cheese, vanilla extract, and one cup of sugar. Beat the mixture until it turns smooth. Then, prepare 2 rectangle-shaped large pieces (same as the size of baking pan) from the crescent roll dough. Place one piece at the bottom of the baking pan and spread the mixture of cheese, vanilla extract, and sugar over it, and cover the mixture with the left rectangular dough piece. Now, prepare a mixture of cinnamon powder, butter, and ¾ cup of sugar, and scatter this mixture on the top of the cheesecake. Bake the cheesecake for 30 minutes until the dough turns golden brown. After removing from the oven, drizzle some honey over the cheesecake and once it cools, cut it into equal pieces.

Capirotada

Ingredients
  • Butter - ¼ cup
  • Cinnamon stick - 1
  • Anise seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Pecans (chopped) - ⅔ cup
  • Piloncillo/Brown sugar - 3 cones/2 cups
  • Water - 1¼ cups
  • Queso fresco (crumbled) - ½ cup
  • Orange zest - 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon zest - 1 teaspoon
  • Cloves - ½ teaspoon
  • Egg yolks - 4
  • Salt - 1 pinch
  • Sherry - ¼ cup
  • Milk - 4 cups
  • Cinnamon powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Apples - ⅔
  • Raisins - 1 cup
  • Mexican bread (cut into large chunks) - 6 cups
Procedure

Preheat the oven at 350 °F. Soak the raisins in warm water so that they become soft. Then, peel and chop the apples into small pieces. Take a small saucepan and put anise seeds, piloncillo, cinnamon stick, and water in it. Boil this mixture for about 6 minutes until it attains a syrup like texture. Then, melt the butter in a pan and fry the bread pieces in the melted butter until they turn golden brown. Take a large mixing bowl and add the pecans, orange and lemon zest, raisins, cheese, and apple cubes. Mix these ingredients properly, sprinkle cinnamon powder and cloves, and again toss them properly to mix. Add the fried bread pieces to this fruit mixture and mix the ingredients properly. Now, take a buttered baking dish, and pour half of the bread-fruit mixture into it. Then pour some syrup over it and again add the remaining bread-fruit mixture and syrup.

Place this mixture in the preheated oven, and bake it for 35 minutes. In a medium-sized bowl, beat the egg yolks with the help of electric mixer until smooth and foamy. Then, combine the milk, sherry, and salt with the egg yolk, and again beat until the mixture turns smooth. Pour this egg yolk mixture over the partially cooked bread-fruit mixture and bake for 35 more minutes until the top of the mixture turns golden brown.

Churros

Ingredients
  • Salt - ½ teaspoon
  • Vegetable oil - 2 tablespoons
  • All-purpose flour - 1 cup
  • Oil - 2 quarts
  • White sugar - ½ cup
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Cinnamon powder - 1 teaspoon
  • White sugar - 2½ tablespoons
Procedure

Combine the sugar, vegetable oil, water, and salt in a saucepan, and heat this mixture over medium heat to boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and add the flour into this mixture to form a ball. Now, take a deep skillet and heat the oil to 375 °F. With the help of pastry bag, pipe strips of dough into the hot oil. Fry these strips until they turn golden brown, and then blot them over paper towels. Then, combine the cinnamon powder and sugar, and roll the fried drained churros in this mixture.

So, these were some simple and easy-to-prepare Mexican desserts. Try these recipes at home and enjoy their delicious and heavenly taste.