It’s that time of the year! Celebrate with these delicious Cinco de Mayo Desserts.
From cookies to cakes, there is a sweet treat for everyone.
The big question is: Which of these Mexican desserts are you going to try first?
Take out your sombrero and bite into one of these pieces of Mexican heaven.
Here’s a list of 20+ authentic Mexican desserts, some Mexican-inspired desserts, and overall yummy eats. Hope you enjoy!
Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread)
Conchas is a type of pan dulce, or Mexican sweet bread.
It is one of the most popular kinds of “pan dulce” named for the shape of the the topping that looks like a seashell.
This authentic Mexican Conchas recipe is something to be enjoyed with a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
Fresas con Crema
This dessert is a Mexican classic. Fresas con Crema is light and fruity.
Ripe juicy strawberries in a creamy sauce. It’s the perfect dessert for warm summer nights.
This traditional Mexican dessert is incredibly decadent, rich, and luscious. Flan is one of those Mexican desserts that is hard to resist.
Look at how creamy it is! Now that’s serious Mexican food porn!!
By the way, this is my family’s recipe and dates back a few hundred years.
Conchas Bread Pudding
Remember the conchas from a few pictures above? If you have a few leftover or some of them went stale, don’t throw them away. Make this dessert instead!
Conchas Bread Pudding (Capirotada de Conchas) is a delicious and decadent treat. A perfect way to end any Mexican meal.
Pastel de Tres Leches
You’ll love this authentic Mexican recipe for Tres Leches Cake (or Pastel de Tres Leches).
Who can resist this heavenly and decadent dessert?
FYI: This is another family recipe that has been passed down a few generations.
If you’re looking for Cinco de Mayo desserts for vegetarians, look no further.
This recipe for Pineapple Empanadas, or Empanadas de Piña, is a definitely worth trying.
These yummy and 100% vegan empanadas are sweet and slightly tart.
Arroz con Leche
This has to be one of the most traditional Mexican desserts out there.
Arroz con Leche is sweet and creamy.
You can even make this ahead of time which in my book is always a big plus!
Pan de Elote
There is simply no wrong way to eat Pan de Elote, or Mexican Sweet Corn Cake.
As a morning treat or after dinner dessert, every bite is like a pinata in your mouth.
Pound Cake Topped with Cinnamon Crema
You’re going to love how easy this Mexican dessert comes together!
This Pound Cake topped with Mango and Cinnamon Crema is made with juicy, sweet mango and a dreamy cream sauce that’ll make you lick your plate clean.
These types of tamales are relatively unknown of north of the border, but they are a favorite in Mexico.
Tamales Dulces (Sweet Tamales) are made with pineapple and shredded coconut. Scrumptiously good.
They’ll have you everyone around the table saying, “Muy Bueno!”
Banana Pineapple Pudding Parfait
There’s no monkeying around with these Cinco de Mayo Desserts. Banana Pineapple Pudding Parfait was inspired by my time in Tabasco.
I used to live in Southern Mexico. I even went to school with people who only spoke the native Chontal. It was quite the experience!
Tabasco also has the most amazing bananas.
Of all the Cinco de Mayo desserts listed here, this has to be one of my favorites to make.
Pumpkin Empanadas make yummy, sweet treats.
If you use already prepared pie dough, they come together in a snap!
Buñuelos are a typically made during Christmas time, but who wouldn’t want to bite into one of these crunchy treats in May?!
Mexican fritters topped with sugar and ground cinnamon are so so good!
In some parts of Mexico, they drizzle them with a piloncillo sauce. So yummy!!!
Dulce de Leche Donuts
I’m all about easy Cinco de Mayo Desserts.
These Dulce de Leche Donuts are just that. Easy to make and easy to eat! (wink wink)
In a nutshell, it’s a yummy donut filled with creamy dulce de leche. Yum!
Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookies
Want more easy Cinco de Mayo desserts? NO PROBLEM!
Mexican Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies take cake boxes to an entirely new level.
Yes, you read that correctly. This is a cake box recipe. Chocolately goodness with a Mexican twist, ready in minutes!
Carlota de Limón
Carlota de Limon is a no bake, no frills, easy Mexican dessert.
If you’re having a Cinco de Mayo party this year, you can even make it ahead of time. Then take it out when you’re ready to enjoy.
Rosca de Reyes
Rosca de Reyes, or Roscón de Reyes, is an oval-shaped Mexican dessert (taken from the Spanish) and eaten on January 6th.
It celebrates the Three King’s visit to the Baby Jesus.
I’m adding this to the Cinco de Mayo desserts list because I know some of you are big time into baking. Plus, it’s fun for the kids (and grown ups) to find the Baby Jesus doll.
Yes, this is a Mexican Christmas dessert, but it’s refreshing and delicious. Why not eat it all year long?
Ensalada Navideña (or Mexican Christmas Fruit Salad) is a combination of diced apples and fruits drenched in a creamy dressing.
Tropical Punch Lime Raspado
If you’re having an outdoors Cinco de Mayo celebrations, this is the perfect treat.
Tropical Punch Lime Raspado brings back some amazing childhood memories. Light and sweet. It beats the heat.
PS: It’s also incredibly cheap and easy to make.
Zucchini Lemon Jalapeño Muffins
Zucchini Lemon Jalapeño Muffins make a tasty baked treat.
For breakfast, snack, or just because, this is delicious. Don’t forget to add a dab of butter. Yummy!
Capirotada, or Mexican bread pudding, is a traditional Mexican dessert typically made during Lent.
It is a favorite dessert especially on Fish Fridays during the Lenten season. Although, it can be enjoyed all year long.