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Mexican Chocolate Cheesecake

The balance of flavors in this dessert is incredible.

Mexican Chocolate Cheesecake

Cheesecake is one of those desserts that is so popular because it’s not over-the-top sugary sweet. But, we also love it when cheesecake is served with some unexpected flavors. So, when we came across this recipe for Mexican chocolate cheesecake we knew we had to give it a try. The texture is creamy, rich, chocolatey, and gets a wonderful hit of cinnamon from the crust. It’s a real stand out winner at our house.

Mexican Chocolate Cheesecake

The crust for this cheesecake is made from cinnamon graham crackers, butter, and a little extra cinnamon for good measure. This creates a wonderful crust with a lot more flavor than you usually find in a cheesecake recipe.

Mexican Chocolate Cheesecake

Once the crust is pressed into the pan it goes into a 350˚F oven for 8-10 minutes. While that’s baking you can start on the filling. First you melt the chocolate in cream over low heat in a saucepan.

Then in a mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, sugar, chili powder, cinnamon, and vanilla until fluffy. Next add the eggs one at a time and combine well. Then add in the chocolate cream and stir.

making Mexican Chocolate Cheesecake

Pour the filling into the crust and then bake for 1 hour. The center should still be a little jiggly at this point. Then turn the oven off and place a wooden spoon in the door to allow the cheesecake to slowly cool off for another 30 minutes.

Once the cheesecake has been allowed to slowly cool a bit the next step is to refrigerate the entire thing for at least 4 hours (or overnight). The reason for this is that the filling contains whipped cream which lends a lovely and light texture to the cheesecake. However, it does need some time to firm up in the fridge.

Mexican Chocolate Cheesecake

This cheesecake is wonderful topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon. But, of course it’s so good that you can serve it without all the bells and whistles and it will still be a smash hit at the dinner table.

Mexican Chocolate Cheesecake

We love that this recipe brings new flavors -including just a pinch of chili- to a classic style cheesecake. It truly is a satisfying dessert that any cinnamon lovers should try.

Mexican Chocolate Cheesecake

Makes 12 slices of cheesecake

5h 10m prep time

1h 10m cook time

4h inactive

Vegetarian diet suitable

Contains gluten

4.8
Rated 4.8 out of 5
Rated by 8 reviewers
For the crust
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed cinnamon graham crackers
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
For the filling
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (9 oz)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 3 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 eggs
For the topping
  • 2 cups sweetened whipped cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Combine crushed graham crackers, cinnamon, and melted butter to form the crust. Press crust mixture into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie pan and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside. Reduce oven to 300˚F.
  2. In a small saucepan melt chocolate chips and cream over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Using an electric mixer beat together cream cheese, sugar, chili powder, cinnamon, and vanilla until fluffy and blended. Add eggs one at a time and beat again after each one. Pour melted chocolate into cheesecake batter and blend well.
  4. Pour cheesecake batter into crust and bake for 1 hour or until set (center should still be jiggly). Turn oven off and prop the oven door open with a wooden spoon. Allow cheesecake to remain in oven cooling oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes before placing cheesecake in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.