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Homemade Mexican Chocolate Pudding

Decadent and luxurious chocolate pudding with a hint of cayenne pepper, this Mexican chocolate pudding is your favourite chocolate treat with a kick.

Mexican Chocolate Pudding

Ok. I admit. There has been a lack of chocolate desserts on The Unlikely Baker lately (or in general, as Red the chocoholic loves to point out).

This summer, I was so overwhelmed with fruits I just had to make something with them (the fact that I prefer lemon desserts over chocolate desserts had nothing to do with it. Nothing.)

Sorry, chocolate lovers (and Red). To make up for it, here’s a seriously decadent chocolate treat for you.

Mexican chocolate pudding

Mexican Chocolate Pudding

I’ve never had ready-made chocolate pudding (I don’t know, they just look so…perfect…that they scare me) so I can’t say for certain but my taste testers proclaim this homemade version infinitely better (aren’t homemade just the best?).

Plus, it has a slight kick at the end.

You can opt to leave out the spice and make a traditional pudding instead (especially if you plan to serve this to kids) however, know that this is not overwhelmingly spicy; it’s a subtle, exciting kind of kick that brings this chocolate pudding over the edge.

Smooth, silky indulgence

Mexican Chocolate Pudding

What I can tell you for sure is how silky smooth this pudding is.

It’s rich and creamy and is a wonderful reward at the end of the day.

Served cold topped with bits of chocolate or cocoa powder or whipped cream (or everything!), it’s also a lovely summer dessert.

The one where Carl ate chocolate pudding on the roof

Mexican Chocolate Pudding

Any TWD fans here? Do you remember the gigantic can of chocolate pudding Carl found and ate by himself?

I thought of that when I first tasted this pudding. How I will take this whole batch, go up to someone’s roof somewhere and just eat everything.

From a self-proclaimed member (president, actually) of Team Lemon, that should tell you a lot. This Mexican chocolate pudding is so dang good I was not (at first) willing to share it.

Great use for extra egg yolks

You know what else is so awesome about this pudding?

It’s a great way to use those extra egg yolks you may have from other recipes.

You need 3 egg yolks to make this. Have more? Then just make more pudding.

Extra chocolate pudding never hurt anyone. And trust me, it will be gone in a flash (eaten on a roof or not). Enjoy!

Mexican Chocolate Pudding

Homemade Mexican Chocolate Pudding

Author: Jolina
Decadent and luxurious chocolate pudding with a hint of cayenne pepper, this Mexican chocolate pudding is your favourite chocolate treat with a kick.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Chill Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine North American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 293 kcal



  • In a large heatproof bowl, whisk 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper until combined.
  • Add and whisk in 1 cup heavy cream, a little at a time, until smooth.
  • Then add the 3 egg yolks and whisk until well incorporated.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, stir 2 1/2 cups milk and 1/2 cup sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Bring this mixture to a simmer.
  • Pour about half of your milk into your cocoa/cream mixture and whisk to temper it.
  • Then pour everything pack into your saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring often. You should see massive chocolate bubbles and the mixture will start to thicken.
  • Once it starts boiling, cook for another 2 minutes, whisking constantly.
  • Then remove from the heat and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  • Then add 4 oz bittersweet chocolate chips and leave it alone for about 2 minutes or until the chocolate chips melt. Then whisk until fully incorporated.
  • Transfer the pudding into an airtight container. Smoothen the top before putting plastic wrap right on the surface. Let it cool slightly before covering with your container's lid. Chill until set (I chill mine overnight).


Calories: 293kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 5gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 133mgPotassium: 244mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 594IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 152mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Childhood Favourite, Easy
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(Recipe adapted from The Kitchn).

Happy no-baking!

Did you make Mexican chocolate pudding? Tell me about it in the comments section below. I’d love to hear all about it. What’s your favourite chocolate dessert?

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Sunday 21st of April 2019

I made this but did not use egg yolks. After cleaning up I forgot to put the pudding in the refrigerator and it sat out for 6 hours. Is it okay to eat still? It smell great still but want to make sure for the kids


Thursday 1st of August 2019

Oh man, is this pudding amazing! It's the first time I've ever made homemade pudding and I'm glad I took a chance. Even if you omit the spices it's still super delicious. The only change I would personally suggest is to chop up the chocolate a bit. I struggled with getting the chips to melt, and if they had been in finer pieces I probably wouldn't have had a problem. Next time I make this I will probably use a dark chocolate bar and chop it ultra fine.


Monday 22nd of April 2019

Hi Deidra. Normally I go by smell too. If it doesn't smell weird, I would give it a go. However, even without eggs this is still a dairy product so I would be very wary. Especially serving it to kids. I would err on the side of caution on this one.

Beata Simpson

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

I genuinely love this recipe and the specific twist that you've placed on it. Very smart. I'm gonna be cooking this for my hubby in a few days and I'm going to report back on how I get on. Thanks for the awesome idea!


Tuesday 30th of August 2016

This looks great! Especially with the spice playing against the smooth cool texture.


Tuesday 6th of September 2016

Thanks Ross! There's something about spice and chocolate eh?


Monday 29th of August 2016

This looks absolutely delicious. I love chocolate pudding and I need to make this!


Wednesday 31st of August 2016

Thanks Mary! This is exceptionally easy as well. Hope you like it!

jennifer L

Monday 29th of August 2016

oh great recipe! My mom absolutely loves chocolate pudding so she'll definitely be wanting to try this one.


Wednesday 31st of August 2016

Thanks! Hope you guys like it!