Spiced up chocolaty brownies with cinnamon and chili powder for a memorable dessert for Cinco de Mayo: Mexican Chocolate Brownies Recipe!

Mexican Chocolate Brownies Recipe

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Friends, for a recent small dinner party I was asked to bring a dessert with a Mexican theme. Guess what we made? A delicious Mexican Chocolate Brownies recipe. These brownies would also be great in this Brownie Black Forest Trifle (just sayin’)

Mexican Chocolate Brownies Recipe

You can’t go wrong with the subtle heat of these Mexican Chocolate Brownies. It has the perfect kick!

Taking a piece of Mexican Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients for Mexican Brownies

These are brownies are inspired by Aaron Sanchez from Food Network Magazine, and made from scratch. This means they are not made from a boxed mix, but ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen:

  • Unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • Sugar + dark brown sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Cocoa powder
  • Flour + baking powder + kosher salt
  • Mexican cinnamon (I used regular)
  • Chili powder
  • Chocolate chips (60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips)

Mexican Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Brownie recipe with a “kick” 

Adding a generous teaspoon of cinnamon and a bit of heat from the chili powder ensures that this brownie recipe will get your guests a-talking. The spice is subtle, but complements the chocolate! A marriage made in heaven!

I added a sprinkle of bittersweet chocolate chips on top, which made them so decadent and sweet.

thick hunk of Mexican Chocolate Brownies

Add these to your Cinco de Mayo menu, and I promise they will make the perfect highlight.

9x13 pan of Mexican Chocolate Brownies

How to make Mexican Chocolate Brownies

Follow the easy directions, and pour the batter into a parchment paper-lined pan.

This makes the brownies cook evenly and very easy to cut. Also, the corners? These are my favorite – nice and thick and fudgy-good!

With parchment paper, this is no more digging brownie corners out of the pan anymore. When ready to serve, pull the parchment paper to lift out the brownies before slicing.

You can freeze them or you can eat them any time of the year though, as they’re amazing!

cutting a square of Mexican Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Great party dessert

Enjoy these rich, fudgy and enticing brownies at your next party.

And you got invited to a party recently, too? So many people are lonely, hurting, or have lost their way—especially during this past year. The best and truest solution to helping people during this time is community.

Community is the conduit for hope. There is sacramental beauty in reaching out to others.

squares of Mexican Chocolate Brownies Recipe

So I hope you are inspired today, with not only a good recipe to enjoy, but to reach out to your neighbors and friends!

Enjoy these brownies and serve on the side Mexican Hot Chocolate and Vegan Cream for a Cinco de Mayo dessert.

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Mexican Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cup good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon heaping ground Mexican cinnamon (canela)
  • ¼ teaspoon pequen chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper, pressing and folding the corners in. Lightly grease the paper with butter.
  • In a medium bowl, slightly melt the butter. Add in the eggs, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  • Add the cocoa, flour, cinnamon, chili powder, salt and baking powder and mix until smooth.
  • Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle, and it should come out fudgy.
  • Remove from the oven and cool in the pan about 20 minutes. When ready to serve, pull the parchment paper to lift out the brownies before slicing.
Cuisine: Mexican
Course: Dessert
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cutting a piece of Mexican Chocolate Brownies