Mexican Chilli Chocolate Truffles for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in #SundaySupper, Sweet Treats | 44 comments

Mexican Chilli Chocolate Truffles for #SundaySupper

Vamos a festejar el dia de independencia de Mexico!!

This weekend is all about Mexican Independence, so how better to celebrate than with a #SundaySupper packed with Mexican goodies? Hosted by Heather of Girlichef, we are going latino-loopy!

As a chocolate-lover, I have always been intrigued by the Aztec and Mayan origins of this most divine of foods. In Aztec society, chocolate was more valuable than gold – which makes me think I was born in the wrong place and time. The concept of chocolate and chilli is a strange one at first, but one that I have really grown to love. Though I still have a sweet tooth, I now appreciate the rich, spiciness of dark Latin American chocolate which pairs so well with the heat and piquancy of chilli.

Mexican Chocolate Truffles

Mexico gave the gift of chocolate to the world, so I felt that it was only right to celebrate chocolate in my recipe. I’m sure there is a fine art to making proper chocolate truffles, but this is a delightfully simple recipe which can be adapted for any variety of truffle – and with these flavours, they taste heavenly, so there is no excuse not to celebrate Mexico with a whole heap of these at your weekend fiesta!

Chilli Chocolate Truffles


400g good-quality dark chocolate

150ml double cream

1 tsp ground red chilli

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Cocoa powder, to dust


Gently heat the cream, but don’t let it boil. Remove from heat and stir in the ground chilli and cinnamon.

Break the chocolate into pieces and melt over a pan of simmering water. Remove from heat before it has all melted completely and continue to stir until smooth. Pour the cream into the chocolate and stir until it forms a ganache.

Spoon into a baking tray and spread it out. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour until it hardens.

Dust a plate with cocoa powder and get about a teaspoonful of the ganache. Roll it quickly in your hands until it forms a smooth ball. Roll in the cocoa powder. Continue until all the ganache has been used.

Store in airtight containers in the fridge – if they last long enough!

These truffles are rich, dark and spicy, perfect with after-dinner coffee, but for the rest of your Mexican menu, check out the other dishes below. Remember, you can join us for a live chat at 7:00pm EST on Twitter. All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag.  We’d also love to feature your Mexican Fiesta recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board.

Buen provecho!

Sopas (Soups), Ensaladas (Salads), and Entremeses (Starters)

La Comida (the food)

Postres (desserts)

Bebidas (beverages)


  1. I started getting into making homemade truffles as Christmas presents a few years ago. I think I might add this recipe to my Christmas list to bring a little more variety.
    Laura Hunter recently posted..Grilled Fish Tacos with Black Bean and Corn Salsa #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • They make such a great Christmas – or anytime gift! I took them into work on Friday and they endeared me to my new colleagues!

  2. These sound so wonderful! I almost added a bit of chili to my flan, so this recipe is going to my must-try list. Happy Sunday!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Chocolate Cinnamon Flan #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I hope you enjoy them – Happy Sunday to you too!

  3. Sounds like a keeper,Katy!
    Cindys Recipes recently posted..BLT Quesadilla with Avocado Mayo for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • It’s a good standby recipe for whenever you need a quick gift for someone!

  4. These truffles will definitely be included in my Christmas gift boxes. Thank you for sharing the recipe. :)
    Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie recently posted..Frijoles Charros / Rancheros {Cowboy Beans} #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • They will make a great Christmas gift, Leslie! I’m glad you like them!

  5. Oh, these sounds fantastic. I just will swap the cream with soy creamer. Should work perfect. Thank you so much for sharing!
    bea recently posted..Vegan Tortilla Soup for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • It certainly should – let me know how they turn out!

  6. I love dark chocolate and chili together. Adding cinnamon too is truly inspired.
    diabeticFoodie recently posted..Tortilla Soup with Roasted Vegetables for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Me too! Thank you, the cinnamon just adds a certain contrast to the chili and seems to work well.

  7. Thanks for sharing on #SundaySupper. These little truffles look so very good!! Great unique flavors!!
    Tara Noland recently posted..Tamale Pie for Mexican Feista at #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Tara!

  8. Sounds delicious! I love chocolate and chili together.
    Amanda Fraijo-Tobin (@FraijoManda) recently posted..Let It BeMy Profile

    • Thanks Amanda! It’s a great flavour pairing, I’m so glad I discovered it!

  9. Yay! This is a dessert that I can make without turning on the oven. I’m seriously phobic about baking, and I admire people who bake. I’m glad I found this recipe!
    Alaiyo Kiasi recently posted..Blue Crab Tacos #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Ha! Yep, a no-bake recipe, but truffles seem to impress people, so it’s a win-win situation! You’re welcome in my kitchen anytime, I’d help you to lose your baking phobia :)

  10. This looks fabulous! I love truffles. I want to make them now.
    Sheila recently posted..#SundaySupper: Shrimp TacosMy Profile

    • Thanks Sheila – they don’t take long to make and the ingredients are simple, so knock yourself out!

  11. I love chocolate anything, and truffles are one of my favorites. These flavors sound great!

    • Thanks Erin, they’re one of my favourites too!

  12. These look over the top good! Great pick for this week!
    Pam @ The Meltaways recently posted..Huevos Motulenos for a Mexican Fiesta #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Pam!

  13. Oh yummy, I love truffles. These look delish.
    Kim Bee recently posted..Chicken Fajitas for #SundaySupper Mexican FiestaMy Profile

    • Thanks Kim!

  14. Yum yum yum!!! I am such a huge fan of truffles (half of my blog’s name is devoted to them, coincidentally), and these sound wonderful! Thanks for sharing!
    Katie recently posted..Texas Caviar for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Katie!

  15. These sound so incredibly addictive – I know I’d love them. Too much ;P
    Heather @girlichef recently posted..Puerco Pibil (or Cochinita Pibil) #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • That is the problem with them!

  16. I’m a sucker for truffles and love the added heat in these!

    • The chilli gives a nice kick to them!

  17. I’ve never made truffles before but this is a good place for me to start! YUM!
    Megan recently posted..Skinny and Spicy Watermelon Margarita #SundaySupper Mexican FiestaMy Profile

    • They are so easy to make, enjoy!

  18. These sound amazing! And now I have a new treat to make for the holidays!
    Anne @ Webicurean recently posted..Yummy BarsMy Profile

    • Thank you! I hope you enjoy them :)

  19. I love that you did a chili chocolate for this week’s #SS! The spiciness of chili and cinnamon pair perfectly with smooth, dark, rich chocolate. I made a Mexican brownie that was super addictive and drank loads of Mexican hot chocolate when I was in the Mayan Riviera this past winter. That reminds me, I have a hunk of Mexican chocolate at home, just calling my name!
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked recently posted..Lemon tart with a side of whineMy Profile

    • Thanks so much, Nancy!

  20. Doesn’t sound too difficult to make. I’ll have to try this recipe.
    Sarah recently posted..Grilled chicken with whole grain mustard pan sauceMy Profile

    • They are very easy to make, enjoy!

  21. Sensational ! whoever thought of chili truffles. I can just taste them. This is a ” made for me” dish which I cant wait to try out ! Yummm
    Sunithi recently posted..Sparkling Light Kiwi Apple Ginger LemonadeMy Profile

    • Hope you enjoy them!

  22. Spicy chocolate dessert! I need to try these!
    Angie @ Big Bear’s Wife recently posted..Apple Streusel Cobbler #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Hope you enjoy them, Angie!

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