What comes to mind when you think of Mexican cuisine is usually savoury dishes, such as tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas (the list goes on and on). So perhaps it’ll surprise you to learn that Mexico is also home to some seriously tasty desserts. Churros dipped in dulce de leche, fried ice cream, and tres leches cake are just a few of the tasty treats associated with Mexico.
Those with a serious sweet tooth be warned, this list of the most mouthwatering Mexican desserts is going to have you heading to Mexico (or at least your local Mexican restaurant) ASAP!
Churros are probably the most popular Mexican dessert in the United States and Canada. Though they originated in Spain and Portugal, the delicious fried dough treat is popular street food in Mexico. This delicacy typically has a crunchy exterior (due to the deep frying cooking method) and a soft interior, sometimes filled with dulce de leche, chocolate, vanilla, or cajeta (a syrup made from caramelized goat’s milk). Sometimes they’re even rolled in cinnamon sugar before serving. Pure decadence!
Flan is a favourite dish all over the world, but did you know that Mexico has its own version of this Roman dessert? Called Flan Napolitano, this variation is rich and creamier than its European counterparts thanks to the addition of cream cheese and the cooking method of steaming rather than baking. Recipes are simple, usually containing a few core ingredients: white sugar, condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs, vanilla extract, and cream cheese, as mentioned above. If you see this on a menu, be sure to try it for yourself!
Fried Ice Cream
Deep fried ice cream? Yes, please! How this hasn’t been popularized in Canada and the US yet is a crime, because fried ice cream is one of the great desserts associated with Mexico. Though there are conflicting claims over the origins of fried ice cream (some say its first iteration was enjoyed in Chicago, while others claim it has roots in Japan), the Mexican version is seriously tasty. Coating for Mexican fried ice cream is most often made of corn flakes, tortillas, cookie crumbs, or nuts sprinkled with cinnamon, with vanilla ice cream being the common flavour inside the coating. A serving looks like a deep-fried ball, but take a bite, and you’ll be treated to the perfect balance of sugar and spice.
Tres Leches Cake
The name “tres leches” is a clear indicator as to what this sweet, sponge cake is made with – milk! Three kinds of milk to be exact: evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream. Sponge-soaked cakes like the tres leches date back to the nineteenth century in Mexico.
Despite being heavily soaked in three creamy kinds of milk, the cake is not soggy but rather is light and airy. It may look simple when plated at a restaurant, but each bite is full of delectable flavour.