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Favorite Mexican Desserts for Your Next Fiesta

Favorite Mexican Desserts for Your Next Fiesta

Favorite Mexican Desserts for Your Next Fiesta

When it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth with delicious treats, Mexican desserts offer a tasty range of flavors that few other countries can offer. Whether you're looking for rich and creamy or zesty and refreshing, Mexican desserts are crowdpleasers for every type of fiesta.

Below we're sharing our favorite Mexican desserts from around the web that are both easy to make and absolutely delicious. From creamy lemon pie to nutty, coconut candies, you’ll be sure to find a dessert you can't wait to make.

We’ve translated these recipes from Spanish to English for you and added videos to some recipes to make it easier for you to replicate. Try one (or all five) of these yummy desserts!

Carlota de Limón

If you're looking for a refreshing, citrus-y dessert for hot summer days, try this recipe for Carlota de Limón from Pizca de Sabor. This delicious treat is beloved in Mexico for its sweet and tangy flavor. The best part about this no-bake dessert is that it's simple to make and doesn't require many ingredients. 


  • 1 ½ packages of Marías biscuits (170 gr each package)
  • 1 can evaporated milk (342 ml)
  • 1 can condensed milk (384 gr)
  • ½ cup lemon juice without seeds


  1. Find a mold to hold your carlota de limón. We're using a square mold of approximately 8×8 inches.
  2. Blend the condensed milk and evaporated milk. While they're mixing, add the lemon juice, little by little until the mixture thickens. 
  3. Now, we're going to add layer by layer in the mold. The first layer is a little bit of the mixture, on top of it a layer of cookies, then a little more of the mixture, and so on until the mixture and the cookies are finished. 
  4. Refrigerate for approximately 6 hours, or freeze for 2 hours.

That’s it! You can decorate with lemon, cookie pieces and serve with condensed milk or caramel.


Michoacan style fruit gaspacho, a traditional Mexican dessert

Michoacan-Style Fruit Gaspacho 

Fruit gaspacho can be confused with the traditional gazpacho (with a "z") from Spain, but gaspacho (with an "s") is a traditional dish made with fruit from Michoacan, Mexico. This delicious dish from México en Mi Cocina can be found on the streets of Morelia, Michoacan. 


  • 1 cup pineapple (about ¼ of a regular-sized pineapple), cut into cubes
  • 1 cup mango (one mango), cut into cubes
  • 1 cup jicama (about ½ of a medium-sized jicama), cut into cubes
  • 1 ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup cotija cheese (optional)
  • Salt
  • Chili powder


  1. Mix the pineapple, mango, and jicama in a large bowl. 
  2. Pour the orange juice until it covers all the fruit. 
  3. Cover the dish and place them in the fridge to cool. 
  4. You can prepare this simple recipe to accompany with chamoy sauce and/or Polvo Miguelito Casero.

Raspados Mexicanos 

This particular snack from TikTokker HolaSoyPicky is kid-friendly and perfect to serve at parties!

@holasoypicky Raspado 🍧 de guayaba🥵#raspado #antojo #calor #semanasanta #sanadistancia #comosehace #aprendiendoentiktok #mexico #hielo #jarabe #jarabepararaspado #jarabedeguayaba #guayaba #parati ♬ original sound - ticher


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 envelope (0.14 oz) of powdered fruit mix to make refreshing drinks in your favorite flavor.
  • 4 – 6 cups of crushed ice
  • Condensed milk, to taste


  1. Pour the water and sugar into a small saucepan over medium heat; mix until combined. Cook until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is slightly thick, about 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from the fire and let cool.
  2. Add the powdered drink mix packet to the previously made mix.
  3. Fill a few glasses halfway with crushed ice. Bathe the ice with the syrup. Add more crushed ice until the glass is completely covered. Bathe the ice with more syrup. 
  4. Drizzle with condensed milk to taste.

And that’s it! Enjoy your raspado!

Note: These summer treats can also be made with natural fruit. If you choose a fruit (strawberry, tamarind, red fruits, etc.), chop and puree them, then combine with sugar and water in a pot. Boil the mixture until it's thick and syrup-like.

Mexican Mangonadas, a spicy frozen drink straight from the streets of Mexico

Mexican Mangonada

Made with mangoes and chamoy sauce, mangonadas are a spicy frozen drink straight from the streets of Mexico. You can drink them or eat them with a spoon. Either way, these treats from Kiwilimón are equally delicious.


  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 cups of chopped, frozen mangoes, or 2 cups of fresh mango and 1 cup of ice
  • 2 tbsp lemonade drink powder
  • 1 cup of ice cubes
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • ¼ cup of chamoy sauce

Similar to hot sauce, chamoy sauce is a bottled sauce found in most Hispanic supermarkets. It’s great with fruit, chips, or nuts.


  1. Blend the first 3 ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Add ice cubes; blend on high speed until thick.
  3. Spoon chamoy sauce into 2 glasses; top with mango mixture.
  4. Serve the drink immediately.

Coconut candies, a nutty, caramelized treat from Mexico

Coconut Candies

These nutty, caramelized treats are addictively chewy and delicious!


  • 5 cups of shredded coconut
  • 1 cup of dulce de leche
  • Macadamia nuts

Dulce de leche is milk and sugar cooked together until it's thick and caramelized. A can of ready to use dulce de leche can be found in the baking aisle of your grocery store, but homemade dulce de leche is quite easy to make!

If you don’t like macadamia nuts, you can substitute chopped almonds or omit nuts altogether.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix coconut, macadamia nuts and dulce de leche until well combined. The mixture is a little on a drier side, so don’t be tempted to add too much dulce de leche.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Moisten your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan.
  5. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. Chill for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature.

This wraps our list of Mexican desserts perfect for your next fiesta. Let us know in the comments which recipes you try and how the dessert turns out!

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