Most people love Mexican cuisine for its spice and flavor and for beloved classics such as tacos and burritos. While these items will always have a place in the hearts of most Mexican food fanatics, there is one delicacy from this style of food that should never be overlooked—dessert.
While some people may not automatically think of dessert when it comes to Mexican food, there are some classic dishes that are sure to impress even the pickiest of eaters. Whether you prefer cinnamon sugar, or a hint of spice, there are classic Mexican desserts to satisfy every pallet.
This is why we have detailed four class Mexican desserts that every foodie should know. They may just surprise you and become your new favorite dish whenever you crave some south-of-the-border cuisine.
Yes, when most people think of churros they think of festival fare, but these sweet, sugar-dusted treats can be served up in much more elegant packages and are some of the most beloved Mexican desserts available today. Churros are deep fried and covered in cinnamon and sugar. They are an easy dessert to enjoy on the go and just as good dipped in hot chocolate after a filling meal.
Some establishments may even serve them with dipping sauces such as chocolate or peanut butter. Others enjoy churros with cajeta, a traditional Mexican caramel sauce that you will see in many Mexican deserts. While the loose cinnamon and sugar can make these fried sticks a little messy, they are always delicious—now the challenge is only eating one.
Tres Leches Cake
This desert originally hailed from Latin America, but chances are you will find it at many traditional Mexican restaurants. As the name suggests, “tres leches” or three milks, is made with condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream. The result is a moist and decadent cake that is never soggy when made correctly. Traditionally this cake is served on its own, typically with a sweet vanilla icing, but some chefs will also add fresh fruit such as strawberries to the mix.
Flan is one of those Mexican dishes that is almost a staple at authentic Mexican restaurants and is one of those dishes that you have to taste in order to appreciate. There are different forms of flan from all over the country, ranging from Rome where it was flavored with honey to Latin America, where the caramel versions first stated to develop. The name itself actually originates from France and means “a flat cake.”
This Mexican dessert can be difficult to pinpoint—although most diners can’t disagree on how delicious it is. While different people may describe flan in different ways, simply a type of egg custard made into a thin, flat cake shape, that typically includes lots of melted or caramelized sugar. This is another Mexican dessert while you may find cajeta in the mix.
Another deep-fried treat that can’t be missed is the sopapilla. However, unlike churros, you can’t just expect cinnamon and sugar with these treats, the best things about sopapillas is you never know what you will find inside. Sweet, salty or even spicy fillings can find their way inside these pastries and they are typically covered with a sweet drizzle like honey or syrup. This is one dish that you will typically find in more New Mexican-style or Tex-Mex restaurants.
These little hand-held treats are easy to share and hard to resist, making them the perfect after-dinner treat to indulge in with a group or after a meal with someone special.
If you are looking for the perfect counterpart to your favorite Mexican entre, try these classic Mexican dishes. While some may be presented in their authentic form, others may also have a more modern twist that keeps these treats fresh and exciting. No matter how you prefer to enjoy them, these Mexican dishes may just become your new favorite treat no matter what your main meal may have been.