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Great Mexican Desserts

Updated on March 23, 2014

It wasn't that long ago when Mexican food was not all that common or at the ready as it is now. When places such as Taco Bell was introduced in the United States, people started enjoying Mexican food more and more. Now there are great Mexican restaurants all around us, especially in Texas. Of course places across our country have different ways of cooking Mexican food, such as in South Texas the Mexican food is different than lets say, New Mexico, where the food is prepared more with green chilis and their recipes are a little different than the traditional ones in Texas.

As much as I love Mexican food, I think that their best foods are their desserts and pastries. Their rice puddings and their delectable cakes, such as Tres Leches cakes and empanadas. Empanadas are very popular in the Mexican culture, and there are several ways to make them, you can either fill them with meats, or fruits and my favorite pumpkin. They are so delicious with a cup of coffee and the good thing about empanadas is that you can eat them either hot or cold. They are great tasting.

Flan is also a very delicious and easy dessert to make. It is a custard type dessert, that has a caramel taste to it. You can even make a dulce de leche topping over flan, which makes it doubly delicious. Dulce de leche is another dessert that can be made several different ways. You can make it as a topping,or if you cook it longer it gets harder and then you can cut them in squares and they taste like a caramel type fudge. However you make these recipes, you wil not be disappointed because they are so rich and creamy. If you are worried about your diet, you can aso substitute lowfat ingredients and the desserts come out just as good.

Making Empanadas

For this recipe you will need either a cooked pumpkin or you can substitute the filling with a can of pie pumpkin filling, or squash filling or whatever filling you would like

If you cook the pumpkin add ½ cup sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice.

There are different types of empanada dough but for this recipe we will use the simple one made with salt, water, egg, flour, shortening and vinegar.

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup cold water

3 cups flour (also set a little bit aside for kneading)

1egg as well as 1 egg white

3 tablespoons shortening

1 teaspoon vinegar


In a small bowl, beat the egg, egg white, water and vinegar then set aside.

In another separate bowl, mix 3 cups of flour and salt together.

Cut shortening in flour mixture with a butter knife. Make a center well with the flour mixture and pour the liquid ingredients from the first bowl that was set aside.

Mix together the dry and wet ingredients with a fork until the mixture becomes stiff.

Place the dough on a floured surface and knead it until the dough is smooth.

Wrap the dough in saran wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

You can also purchase already prepared dough disks in the frozen section of the grocery store.

Once the dough is prepared you can roll it out on a flat surface and cut round circles and keep rolling the dough until you have about 12 circles.

You will take a spoonful of pumpkin mixture and place it in the center of the dough and then fold the dough over the pumpkin. Then take a fork and press the ends in a half moon circle around the edges to close. You can brush them with some egg whites to give them a shiny look after they are cooked. Place the empanadas on a greased cookie sheet and cook for about 20 minutes.

Flan Recipe

How to make Flan

Flan Ingredients

1 1/2 cup sugar
6 large eggs
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 13 oz cans evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat eggs slightly; add the sugar and the salt. Blend in the milk and the vanila. Sift the brown sugar onto the bottom of eight 5 oz custard cups. Pour mixture over sugar. Put in shallow pan of hot water. Bake at a 325 temperature for about 30 minutes or until the knife inserted in the center comes out clean. You may chill overnight for best results. Sprinkle with brown sugar if preferred before serving.

Dulce De Leche Recipe

1 (14 ounce/396 gram) can sweetened condensed milk

Dulce De Leche is one of those decadent desserts that just melts in your mouth. It is very easy to make and all you need is one can of sweetened condensed milk. You can spread it on toast, make a topping for cakes or drizzle over ice cream. This recipe is pretty much foolproof and so easy.


Place can of milk in a pot and add cold water to cover the can. Bring to a boil and let it boil for about 3 or 4 hours.. Check the water levels once in a while to make sure that there is always water in the pot. Make sure that you do not boil the can for too long or you run the risk of it exploding. Once in a while move the can around to make sure the milk is cooking evenly. After the can cools you may remove the carmelized milk into another cantainer and it keeps fresh in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.


© 2010 ladyjane1


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  • Modern Lady profile image

    Modern Lady 

    7 years ago from Chicago, IL

    Yum! The empanadas would be a great dish for a party. They're so cute and bite-sized!

    I've been looking for a good flan recipe for a long time. I'll have to give this one a try.

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    8 years ago

    Mexican deserts are some of my favorite! Down in San Fransisco they made some pretty authentic ones!

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Texas

    yenajeon thanks for reading and I appreciate the nice comments. Cheers.

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    Yena Williams 

    8 years ago from California

    The flan recipe looks *amazing* bookmarked, thanks!

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    50 Caliber thanks for reading and Im glad you enjoyed the hub and I hope you do get a chance to try these recipes they are quite easy and quick. Cheers.

    @Hello gordon thanks for reading. I suppose that you are right about the desserts most people just think of main courses as far as mexican food but next time you are in a restaurant try one of these desserts, you wont be disappointed. Cheers.

    @Lamme I totally agree with you and I forgot to add sweet potato in the recipe as a substitution. Yams work nicely too. Thanks for reading cheers.

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    9 years ago

    I've never seen dulce de leche made like this, so easy! Similar to leche quemada ... and the empanadas, ooooh, especially pumpkin or sweet potato. Mexican food is great!

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    Gordon Hamilton 

    9 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

    Very informative. It's strange that I have never before thought of Mexican food as incorporating desserts. It just doesn't tend to be what I think of when I think of Mexican food. Definitely an eye-opening Hub! :)

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    50 Caliber 

    9 years ago from Arizona

    Lady Jane, great write up of good stuff! It's funny as you cross areas of Mexico the Spanish dialect and food changes. Flan is pretty much a constant but Empanadas, in the Sonoran part of Mexico are rolled and fried tortillas with sweet fillings. You see a mix of both in Tijuana. I get sweet tamales around the holidays as well as make them here. I eat more Mexican food than anything else, I will have to book mark these recipes and try them, 50

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    Sandyspider hope you enjoy them. Cheers.

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    Sandy Mertens 

    9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    I will have to try some of these Mexican desserts.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    Nellieanna thanks for visiting. I know what you mean and now usually when we go to restaurants I will purposely leave half my meal so I dont get over stuffed and take it home for lunch the following day. I do the same with the desserts. They do give you so much food in restaurants,.but if you are ever feeling adventurous try one of these you wont be disappointed. Cheers.

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    Nellieanna Hay 

    9 years ago from TEXAS

    This is a keeper,LJ!! I adore Mexican food (what else being a border rat and native Texan?) - My problem with the desserts is that after I'm done eating the appetizers, soup and main course, I have no room for dessert. In fact I usually have to save some of my serving of main course for another meal!! But I'm willing to try to learn to make some of these!! YUMMY!

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    billy thanks for reading I shall try not to disappoint you. Cheers.

  • billyaustindillon profile image


    9 years ago

    These empanadas look great, we are a huge fan of MExican food in our household - thanks for the flan and Dulce de Leche - these sweets are great. I wait for yourt Tres Leches recipes now. :)

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    breakfastpop you are right the ice cream rocks. THanks for coming. Cheers

    @prasetio hello I made myself hungry as well lol. Thanks for reading cheers

    @stephhicks68 thanks for visiing, I love flan as well. Cheers.

    @hypnodude yes recipe hubs always make me hungry also. These were my moms favorite desserts to make for us. Appreciate you stopping by good to see you, Cheers.

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    9 years ago from Italy

    Rated up and useful, it made me really hungry. And great pictures too. :)

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    Stephanie Hicks 

    9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    As a diabetic, I often "enjoy" desserts by reading recipes. These Mexican dishes sound wonderful. I'm partial to flan myself.

  • prasetio30 profile image


    9 years ago from malang-indonesia made me hungry my friend. Nice recipes from you. Hmmm.....yummy. I never try Mexican food, but this time I have to try. Thank you very much.

  • breakfastpop profile image


    9 years ago

    Interesting hub. I'm with habee, mexican fried ice cream rocks.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    Hello Liswilliams Im sure you wont be disappointed. Let me know how you like them. Cheers.

  • liswilliams profile image


    9 years ago from South Africa

    wow, i have to try some of that mexican, looks amazing!

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    Micky nice to see you. And you are right empanadas are delicious. Thanks for reading, Cheers.

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    Micky Dee 

    9 years ago

    I love empanadas. A friend's wife makes those for breafast (at least) occasionally and you can ride a bicycle pretty well on those!

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    Katiem2 thanks for reading. Im sure you will love these recipes as I do. Cheers.

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    Katie McMurray 

    9 years ago from Westerville

    Sounds wonderful I love anything that looks like pie, your great mexican desserts are a winner in my book. :)

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    Pamela99 thanks for the visit. Glad you enjoyed them. Cheers.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Ladyjane, Great recipes in your hub. I like those desserts. Thanks for the recipes.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    De Greek thanks for reading give it a try at a restaurant if you don't bake. You wont be sorry. Cheers.

    Loriamoore thanks for visiting hey we learn something new everyday don't we? My mom used to make empanadas on a cold day and we would have them for breakfast with hot chocolate. Nothing beats that when you are a kid and they were better than poptarts. Ha. Cheers.

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    9 years ago

    I've always wondered what an empanada was. We eat at a Mexican restaurant every Friday; it's "date day" for me and my husband, but we've never tried dessert.

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    De Greek 

    9 years ago from UK


    As much as I am trying to learn to cook, this is too ambitious for me :-))

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    drbj thanks for reading and you are right I bought some ice cream that was dulce de leche and it was great. Cheers.

    Maryrenee if the sweet tooth gets the better of you then try these recipes, you wont be sorry. Cheers.

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    9 years ago

    LadyJane: These look great! I think I feel a sweet tooth coming on, lol! Awesome hub, bravo!! :)

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    drbj and sherry 

    9 years ago from south Florida

    We have numerous Cuban restaurants in my area and flan and tres leches are always standard on the dessert menu. Dulce de leche is so popular that many ice cream makers now produce that particular flavor in their pints and quarts.

    Thanks for researching these sweet recipes.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    passano thanks for reading. Yea the tres leches cake is pretty good. Cheers.

    europwalker thanks for stopping by. I agree. Cheers.

    Rose56 Of course I will just say the word. Cheers.

  • rose56 profile image


    9 years ago

    love empanadas. someone needs to make me some. how about you ladyjane?

  • europewalker profile image


    9 years ago

    Love pumpkin empanadas. Great hub!

  • passonno73 profile image


    9 years ago

    I tried making the "Tres Leches" cake,I think Pilsbury or some brand like that. I don't think I did it correctly,but I was so wanting to try it.As for "Flan" ,I thought it looked custard like,and now that I know that ,will try.As far as restaurants go,I used to try different ones every weekend all over the city.Some probably have come and gone since then.Anyhow,there are some great places up here.Great Hub!

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    habee thanks for reading, yes Mexican fried ice cream is another delectable dessert. Cheers.

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    Holle Abee 

    9 years ago from Georgia

    Great ideas! I like flan, but I prefer Mexican fried ice cream!


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