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Mexican Spiced Dark Chocolate Tarts

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Ok, I couldn’t resist starting off the new year with a bit of chocolate too. ;)

These easy little Mexican Spiced Dark Chocolate Tarts are one of my favorite new desserts to make! They literally come together in under 10 minutes and are sure to please a crowd. You can use dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, milk chocolate or whatever you would like! Just whip up a simple ganache, spice it with some cinnamon, chili and cayenne, and then use it to fill these simple phyllo shells and top with whipped cream. Super simple, but so charming and decadent that your friends will think they are très gourmet.


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Mexican Spiced Dark Chocolate Tarts

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 15 tarts 1x


A quick and easy recipe for decadent little Mexican-Spiced Dark Chocolate Tarts


  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. chili powder
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 15 mini phyllo (fillo) shells
  • whipped cream


  1. Heat the dark chocolate and heavy cream together in a microwave or double boiler until melted, stirring occasionally. Stir in the cinnamon, chili powder and cayenne until combined.
  2. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the chocolate mixture into each mini phyllo cup. Refrigerate or serve immediately. Just before serving, use a piping bag or a spoon to top each phyllo cup with a dallop of whipped cream.


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30 comments on “Mexican Spiced Dark Chocolate Tarts”

  1. LOOOOOVE these. Spiced up chocolate is always one of my favorites.

  2. I love how these pack a punch of spicy behind that adorable exterior!

  3. These are so adorable and perfect little bites for any party or potluck! I love the spice chocolate addition – much more fun than regular chocolate :)

  4. These are so cute and I love how easy they are!

  5. Love this! I’m already going through chocolate withdrawal since New Year’s :)

  6. Pretty sure this is all of my favorite things in one bite. Scratch that — it DEFINITELY is. :) Yummy!

  7. These are so pretty, and they sound delicious too! Love one-bite treats!

  8. Love these little chocolate bites — perfect for a party!

  9. These are so cute! I love your phyllo dough desserts!

  10. Super cute and I’ll bet they taste amazing!

  11. the bite sized dessert queen is at it again. Gosh, Ali… these are one KILLER little bite. spiced chocolate is such a treat for me – I’m currently working on a spiced dark chocolate bar I got from Trader Joe’s the other day. So good. :)

  12. Mexican spiced chocolate is my favorite – I loooove the warmth of it. Your little tarts are my favorite!

  13. I love spiced-up chocolate, these tarts are the cutest!

  14. I need these in my life. I love phyllo shells as tart crusts!

  15. I just love you and your phyllo shell creations. Thank you for starting off the new year with chocolate!

  16. I always love your tart recipes! These look amazing, and so perfect as dinner-party dessert!

  17. Geeeeenius! I could eat about 12 of these they look so good!

  18. Holy cow. You have this mini dessert thing down. They’re beautiful, as always. :) And I imagine they taste pretty amazing, too.

  19. These look dreamy.

  20. Hey Ali!
    Going to make the key Lime Pie tarts and Mexican Dark Chocolate Tarts for this weekend’s grad celebration and wondered where I get the mini phyllo shells?
    Excited to try to make these!!!!