Mexican chocolate can refer to several types of chocolate, including a hot chocolate drink, but all of these chocolates have one thing in common: they’re spicy. Mexican chocolate, in just about every form, is flavored with a variety of spices. Cinnamon is always present and some variations use ground chilis to add some heat to the mix. I like these spicy chocolates (especially when served as a thick hot chocolate) and like to spice up my chocolate recipes from time to time using Mexican chocolate as inspiration.
These Mexican Chocolate Brownies are definitely on the spicy side. The fudgy, slightly chewy brownies are made with dark chocolate and get an extra deep flavor from the addition of some cocoa powder. They’re flavored with cinnamon, cayenne pepper and chili powder, as well as vanilla extract. The cinnamon, cayenne and chili all come together to give the brownies a nice balance of spice and heat that really compliments the chocolate.
I also like to mix in some chocolate chips or chunks of chopped chocolate with this recipe, as the plainer chocolate helps to balance out the spices. The brownies are really complex, but not overwhelmingly hot or spicy. They taste better the day after they’re made, as the spices have time to meld together in that time. If stored for a few days (in an airtight container), the cayenne will actually become stronger and your brownies will be a bit spicier.
These are delicious as-is and I would only recommend cutting back on the cayenne if you are very sensitive to spicy foods, as a smaller amount will not be that noticeable against all that chocolate. If they get a little too spicy, warm them up and serve them with a side of cooling vanilla ice cream.
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|Serving Size: 1 Recipe (621g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Recipe|
|Calories from Fat: 1029 (60%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 114.3g||152 %|
|Saturated Fat 65.9g||329 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 32.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 6.3g|
|Cholesterol 1090mg||335 %|
|Sodium 57028.8mg||1967 %|
|Potassium 739mg||19 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 151.1g||44 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3.7g||15 %|
|Sugars, other 147.4g|
|Protein 30g||43 %|
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Calories per serving: 1729
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