Spicy Mexican chocolate tart

18 Sep

Spicy Mexican chocolate tart . The Hungry Mum

I am going through a spicy and sweet stage. I always thought of spicy as something to have at dinner – laksa, anyone? – but as my love of baking increases, so does my curiosity with combining different tastes.

My light bulb moment with this spicy Mexican chocolate tart came one night when I was looking in the pantry for a nightcap of spiced rum and a nibble of chocolate.

I saw a bottle of my favourite tequila sitting alongside some dark chocolate and cinnamon and lo and behold – a glamorous dessert was born. The flavours of Mexico – spice from the cinnamon, heat from the chilli, tequila – shine through.

The Hungry Mum. Spicy Mexican chocolate tart

It goes without saying that this is an adults-only dessert – even if your young ‘un has a taste for chilli the fact that the tequila isn’t cooked off means it isn’t suitable.

This recipe is made of up several different steps, all of which can be done a day before you want to serve the tart. All the steps are simple and fuss-free, yet the finished product looks (and tastes) luscious.

If you do nothing else I would recommend making the candied red chilli the night before. This gives the sugar syrup and chilli a decent getting-to-know-you time, resulting in a better, less harsh flavour.

Ensure you deseed the chilli to remove most of the heat, and use big chillis, not the teeny heat-packing birds eye variety.

I used the excess sugar syrup left-over from making the candied red chilli to dress a chocolate cake – I will share that recipe soon.

This tart can serve 8 generously, or 12 if you cut into smaller squares.



115 grams butter, melted

¼ cup caster sugar

1 ¼ cups plain flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Tequila chocolate ganache:

125 grams best quality dark chocolate, chopped roughly

½ cup pouring (single) cream

1- 2 tablespoons tequila – the amount required will depend on the quality of your liquor.

Candied red chilli:

1 large red chilli, deseeded and cut into fine strips. You will only use about 1/3 of the chilli

150 mL water

150 grams caster sugar

Spicy Mexican chocolate tart + The Hungry Mum


Candied red chilli:

Make a sugar syrup by combing the water and sugar in a small pan over a low heat. Stir frequently until the sugar has dissolved, then simmer for 20 minutes (stirring and scrapping the bottom) until syrup is thick and reduced.

Remove from heat then add sliced red chilli to pan. When pan and syrup are cool cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge overnight.


In a large bowl stir together all the crust ingredients with a spoon until a soft dough forms – this should take about one minute.

Spray a 35cm x 4cm rectangular tart pan with removable base with non-stick cooking spray and press the dough all over the base and up the sides of the pan. Using the bottom of a glass helps with this.

Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for half an hour.

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Remove plastic wrap from tart and use a fork to prick the pastry base all over.

Bake for 20-24 minutes, until lightly golden.

Remove from oven and set aside to cool.


In a small saucepan place the chocolate with the cream and stir over a low heat until melted, thick and glossy – keep a close eye on it as you don’t want it to burn or boil. Allow to stand 15 minutes, then stir in the tequila, tasting as you go.

Stir to combine.

Spicy Mexican chocolate tart - The Hungry Mum

To assemble:

Remove chilli from syrup (you don’t need the syrup) and place chilli on sheet of baking paper.

When pastry base has cooled to room temperature pour in the ganache (give it a quick stir first) then decorate the top with the candied chilli.

Slice in thin wedges to serve.

Spicy Mexican chocolate tart


40 Responses to “Spicy Mexican chocolate tart”

  1. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso September 18, 2015 at 3:45 am #

    Love the combination of chocolate and spice here, and the wonderful chocolate Tequila ganache. Beautiful! 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum September 18, 2015 at 4:57 am #

      Thanks! I was very happy with the result 🙂

  2. youthfoodblog September 18, 2015 at 5:26 am #

    Wow, spicy and sweet for dessert. Very exotic!

    • The Hungry Mum September 18, 2015 at 7:10 am #

      Cheers – it is a good combo of lots of different elements.

  3. c3miranda September 18, 2015 at 6:27 am #

    lol love that you have tequila in your pantry!

    • c3miranda September 18, 2015 at 6:28 am #

      oops, this is Sophie from MyLittleGumnut! I’m signed in as my alter or should I say altar ego – hehe – and forgot!

      • The Hungry Mum September 18, 2015 at 6:52 am #

        hehehe! Hi Sophie! Hope all;s good – has been forever x

    • The Hungry Mum September 18, 2015 at 6:54 am #

      I have two types of tequila in my pantry – sometimes I forget that I’m a mum, not a party hard teen 😉

  4. What's Bec Cooking September 18, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    This looks and sounds divine!! I love chilli and now I can have it in my dessert too 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum September 18, 2015 at 9:36 am #

      Thanks – I may have snaffled a slice or two during photography and it was so good!

  5. cheergerm September 18, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    That looks The Biz Mrs H. The Biz. As all the young kids say, like totes.

  6. The Surprised Gourmet September 18, 2015 at 11:38 am #

    This sounds and looks like a sensational dessert. Like the combination of sweet and spicy.

    • The Hungry Mum October 1, 2015 at 11:04 am #

      I was so impressed with this! It was a gamble to see if it would work out but I am thrilled that it did.

  7. thesurprisedgourmet September 18, 2015 at 11:38 am #

    This sounds and looks like a sensational dessert. Like the combination of sweet and spicy.

    • The Hungry Mum September 21, 2015 at 4:32 am #

      Cheers – I really dig the contrasting tastes in this dessert.

  8. Our Growing Paynes September 18, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    We love dark chocolate with chili, this looks really good.

  9. Jess @ whatjessicbakednext.com September 18, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    Love this chocolate tart! Chilli and chocolate is one of my favourite combos! Definitely will have to try your recipe! 😀

  10. Deblet September 18, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

    Wow sounds amazing.

  11. Nancy |Plus Ate Six September 18, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

    Ooooh this is a seriously grown up decadent dessert!

  12. Gather and Graze September 19, 2015 at 2:22 am #

    This is such a striking looking tart HM! Love that vibrant red of the chilli sitting on top of the rich, dark chocolate!

    • The Hungry Mum September 19, 2015 at 6:42 am #

      Awww ta! I don’t have a sweet tooth so I love the bite of the chilli against the dark choc 🙂

  13. Lynz Real Cooking September 19, 2015 at 4:55 am #

    This looks so wonderful and a great combination of flavors! Beautiful and unique!

  14. Josette@thebrookcook September 19, 2015 at 8:08 am #

    Stunning presentation! It really is perfection. 🙂

  15. Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella September 19, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    I’ve never used tequila in a cake but I feel like I should remedy it immediately! 😀

    • The Hungry Mum September 20, 2015 at 5:45 am #

      Tequila is ‘mazing – I’ve also used it in cookies and a cake. Am totally #teamTequila 😉

  16. Starr September 20, 2015 at 4:58 am #

    That’s an interesting spin on the chocolate tart. Sounds really tasty!

    • The Hungry Mum September 20, 2015 at 5:00 am #

      Thanks Starr – I have not been able to stop eating it!

  17. Amanda (@lambsearshoney) September 20, 2015 at 6:04 am #

    This is a clever idea – I especially like that you candied the chilli. Nice one!

    • The Hungry Mum September 21, 2015 at 4:31 am #

      Thanks! Candied chilli is my new favourite – expect to see it often in future posts 🙂

  18. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) October 1, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

    Choc and chilli is just sublime

    • The Hungry Mum November 19, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

      The BEST! Add tequila and there’s a party in your mouth 🙂

  19. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward October 5, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    I’m sorry, did someone say tequila? 😉 I’m in.

  20. Liz Posmyk (Good Things) October 20, 2015 at 4:40 am #

    Chocolate + chilli + tequila = yummy! Lovely recipe, great to meet you at EDB xx

    • The Hungry Mum October 22, 2015 at 1:26 am #

      Thanks Liz 🙂 Am really proud of this recipe and am waiting for another special occasion so I can bake it again. So lovely to meet you, too.

  21. The Hungry Mum February 27, 2016 at 7:27 am #

    Reblogged this on the hungry mum.

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