Mexican Desserts

Simple, flavorful, and delicious Mexican Desserts are the perfect ending to any Mexican meal. Enjoy these specially curated favorites!!

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Collage of Mexican Dessert Recipes.

MExican Style Sweet Treats

Thanks to amusement parks and fairs, one of the most well-known Mexican desserts is the cinnamon sugar Churro.

Beyond that, many people have a hard time thinking of a favorite Mexican treat, but there are so many yummy ones to choose from.

Some other favorite authentic Mexican desserts that you can make at home include Flan, Sopapillas, and Mexican Wedding Cookies.

Don’t let the unfamiliar names deter you, these favorite Mexican desserts are pretty simple to make, and will be the perfect end to your Mexican-themed meal or Cinco de Mayo fiesta.

Each recipe included tips and tricks to help ensure you get the perfect dessert every time.  

Tres leches cake on a plate, topped with a strawberry and cinnamon.

Are Mexican desserts sweet or spicy?

Food from Mexico is most often bold and spicy, but Mexican Postres (desserts) rival the sweetness of any other desserts and will satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Just like in other places, a great dessert can be elevated with a great topping. Here are a few ways you can sweeten up your favorite postre:

  • Drizzle Mexican chocolate sauce or dulce de leche (Caramel Sauce) over treats like churros or sopapillas. 
  • Serve it with a classic scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Garnish favorites with fresh strawberries and Whipped Cream.
  • Add different kinds of milk, like sweet milk or heavy cream to Arroz con Leche or Mexican Hot Chocolate.
  • Incorporate coconut or add a bit of cocoa powder to change the flavor.
Fried ice cream on a white plate garnished with whipped cream and a sliced strawberry.

the perfect end to a Mexican feast

What Mexican entrees go well with Mexican desserts? I love all my entrees and all my desserts. I think many of my traditional Mexican entrees like Enchiladas, Tacos, or Burritos are perfect for serving with these traditional Mexican desserts.

When considering what dessert to make, I tend to factor in how much time I have, what kind of balance I can add, and what kind of atmosphere I’m trying to create.

  • Time. If I’m making a more involved entrée, I will choose a dessert that is easier or can be made ahead of time.
  • Balance. I may want to balance out a heavy meal with a light dessert. If it’s cold outside, I may decide to serve a warm entrée and a warm dessert. Or vice versa to both. If I’m serving more than one dessert, I’ll choose two desserts with different tastes and textures.
  • Atmosphere. I decide if I want to be able to provide a formal sit-down dessert or one I can set out and can be eaten at leisure. 

Traditional Mexican dessert recipes

These Mexican dessert recipes are traditional favorites!

Cake, sweet drinks, pudding, and even ice cream! All of these will go along great with traditional Mexican entrees, sides, and appetizers.


A creamy, refreshing, cinnamon flavored drink that will knock your socks off with flavor! It’s festive and perfect for any occasion.

1 Horchata Recipe

Drinks Horchata Recipe
Total Time: 12 hours 10 minutes
5 from 27 votes
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Puffy and pillowy Sopapillas are fried to perfection and topped with honey for a simple and delicious Mexican dessert.

2 Sopapilla Recipe

Dessert Sopapilla Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 28 votes
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Tres Leches Cake

This easy Tres Leches Cake recipe is a cool, sweet treat made from a tasty sponge cake, a creamy mixture of three different milks, and homemade whipped topping. Serve Tres Leches Cake with fresh fruit for an extra refreshing dessert!

3 Tres Leches Cake Recipe

Tres Leches Cake
Dessert Tres Leches Cake Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 31 votes
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Fried Ice Cream

Crunchy on the outside, and smooth and creamy on the inside—fried ice cream is the BEST dessert! It’s a flavor bomb in your mouth and such a fun and unique treat idea.

4 Fried Ice Cream Recipe

Dessert Fried Ice Cream Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 17 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Arroz Con Leche

Classic Arroz Con Leche – a variation of Mexican rice pudding that is sweet and cooked with milk, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk and topped with cinnamon. 

5 Arroz con Leche Recipe

Dessert Arroz con Leche Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 203 votes
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Churros Recipe

Delicious, homemade, covered in cinnamon and sugar churros are a family favorite! It’s hard NOT to love this delicious treat when it reminds you of the Happiest Place on Earth!

6 Churros Recipe

Dessert Churros Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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Mexican Hot Chocolate

Curl up with a good book, blanket, and this Mexican hot chocolate. One cozy cup of this hot chocolate and you’ll be hooked with its yummy spices and delicious cinnamon cocoa flavor!

7 Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

Drinks Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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These ooey gooey Oatmeal Carmelitas are loaded with caramel, chocolate chips, and oatmeal dough. Better yet, they can be prepared in 20 minutes or less!

8 Carmelitas Recipe

Dessert Carmelitas Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 29 votes
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Mexican Wedding Cookies

Super easy Mexican Wedding Cookies are soft and buttery with almonds in every bite! These powdered sugar covered cookies are your new favorite.

9 Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe

Dessert Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 21 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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This creamy, decadent flan is a latin inspired custard dessert topped with an irresistible caramel coating. It’s also surprisingly easy to make!

10 Flan Recipe

Dessert Flan Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
4.92 from 12 votes
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These desserts are both delicious and simple! They either have few ingredients involved or they’re nice and quick to whip up.

All of them have Mexican flavors, like cinnamon, that you love.

Angel Food Cake Churro Bites

Delicious and Easy Angel Food Cake Churro Bites are a tasty sugar and cinnamon treat topped with glaze that the whole family will love!

11 Angel Food Cake Churro Bites Recipe

Dessert Angel Food Cake Churro Bites Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 38 votes
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Sopapilla Cheesecake

This decadent dessert is inspired by the Mexican treat—sopapillas! All of the flavors of fried dough and creamy cheesecake combine to make these decadent Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. 

12 Sopapilla Cheesecake Recipe

Dessert Sopapilla Cheesecake Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Easy Tres Leches Cake

This Easy Tres Leches Cake uses a tasty shortcut (a cake mix!) to create one delicious, chilled dessert. It’s heaven!

13 Easy Tres Leches Cake Recipe

Dessert Easy Tres Leches Cake Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

Chocolate Tres Leches Cake is a chocolate twist on a classic Mexican dessert. This chilled treat is rich and decadent!

14 Chocolate Tres Leches Cake Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Tres Leches Cake Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Churro Cheesecake Bars

Flaky & delicious Churro Cheesecake bars are covered in cinnamon and sugar filled with a sweet cream cheese layer.

15 Churro Cheesecake Bars

Dessert Churro Cheesecake Bars
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 99 votes
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Peach Mango Smoothie

A tasty 5-ingredient smoothie, perfect for breakfast or a cool refreshing drink on a hot summer day. With peaches, mangos, peach yogurt, and Orange Peach Mango juice, the flavor is undeniably delicious!

16 Peach Mango Smoothie Recipe

Drinks Peach Mango Smoothie Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Cinnamon Chips

The perfect baked snack to dip in sweet desserts, frosting, salsas and more! Super easy to make a bunch and serve with your favorite dessert dip!

17 Cinnamon Tortilla Chips Recipe

Appetizer Cinnamon Tortilla Chips Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 21 votes
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Churro Popcorn

Melt-in-your-mouth Cinnamon + Sugar Churro Popcorn is a simple and sweet treat that only takes 15 minutes to whip up!!

18 Churro Popcorn Recipe

Dessert, Snack Churro Popcorn Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Churro Funnel Cake

If you’ve ever had a Churro Funnel Cake from Disneyland, you know why it’s a favorite treat! It’s made from deep fried funnel cake, coated in cinnamon sugar, drizzled with caramel sauce, and topped with whipped cream.

19 Churro Funnel Cake Recipe

Dessert Churro Funnel Cake Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Churro Toffee

It’s one of our favorite treats to pick up at the Happiest Place on Earth – Churro Toffee! These toffee squares are dipped in white chocolate and covered in cinnamon and sugar.

20 Churro Toffee Recipe

Dessert Churro Toffee Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Strawberry Salsa

The unique flavors of this sweet and spicy Strawberry Salsa pair perfectly with fish, tacos, or any Mexican dish!

21 Strawberry Salsa Recipe

Appetizer Strawberry Salsa Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Cheesecake Chimichanga

Crispy on the outside, with a sweet + tangy filling, this Cheesecake Chimichanga bakes up in minutes for a perfectly satisfying treat!

22 Cheesecake Chimichanga Recipe

Dessert Cheesecake Chimichanga Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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A Sweet Finishing Touch!

Any of these Mexican style desserts will be the perfect finishing touch to any of your Mexican entrees. Be sure to check out all of our Mexican recipes!

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  1. Your sopapillas & fried ice cream are my favorite!! I haven’t ever been a huge fan of Mexican desserts until recently & now that’s all I want!

  2. I do not think most of these are mexican. Why is everything churro related, not every mexican dish has churros.

    1. Some are a spin on the Mexican dessert flavors (like the churro popcorn and toffee), but many are based on traditional Mexican desserts, like Flan, Tres Leches Cake, Fried Ice Cream, etc. Hope you will give some a try!

  3. For my daughter’s high school Spanish class, she had to make a Mexican recipe to bring in, she chose this. The recipe was easy for her to follow and turned out amazing.