Mexican Chocolate Pie

February 7, 2018 (Last Updated: April 9, 2020)
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side view of a Mexican chocolate pie with whipped cream

This week falls right between two major sporting events: the Super Bowl and the start of the Olympics. I made this pie for the former, but it would be just as welcome celebrating the latter.

closeup of a Mexican chocolate pie in a blue pie dish

A flavorful crust made from crushed gingersnaps is the vessel to hold an equally decadent filling of chocolate ganache spiced with cayenne pepper, ground ginger, and cinnamon. It’s not really spicy per se, but rather warms your throat a tad. It has way more character than a typical chocolate cream pie, and is slightly richer with a more truffle-like filling than a custard/pudding one.

overhead view of a Mexican chocolate pie in a blue pie dish

If you’re looking for a fun and festive dessert to ring in the Olympics this pie is a great choice. And while you’re at it, stay tuned for posts from my upcoming Olympics party for more fun ideas for treats to make throughout the next couple weeks.

overview close up of a Mexican chocolate pie topped with whipped cream
overhead view of a Mexican chocolate pie with whipped cream

Mexican Chocolate Pie

This decadent chocolate pie is enhanced with cayenne pepper, ground ginger, and cinnamon. The gingersnap crust adds another delicious layer of flavor, and fabulous crunchy texture.
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 1 (9 inch) pie (8 to 10 servings)
Calories 431 kcal


Gingersnap Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups (175 g) finely ground gingersnap crumbs (use a food processor or crush in a plastic bag with a rolling pin)
  • 5 tablespoons (70 g) unsalted butter, melted


  • 8 ounces (225 g) semisweet chocolate, chopped or chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Make the crust: Combine the gingersnap crumbs and butter until the butter is fully incorporated and the texture of wet sand. Firmly press the crumbs against the sides of a 9-inch pie plate, then against the bottom of the plate (the underside of a measuring cup works well for smoothing the bottom crust). Chill the crust at least 15 minutes to help prevent it from crumbling when serving.
  • Bake the crust for 10 minutes, or until slightly darkened and fragrant. Remove it and allow to cool before filling. Leave the oven on.
  • Make the filling: Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. In a saucepan, heat the cream over medium-high heat until it is scalded but not boiling. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let it stand for 1 minute. Whisk together the hot cream and the chocolate until they are fully blended into a glossy ganache. Whisk in the egg, cayenne, ginger, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Put the piecrust on a baking sheet. Pour the filling into the crust and bake it for 20 to 25 minutes (mine baked an extra 10 minutes), until the filling has just set and is still slightly wobbly in the center. Remove the pie to a wire rack to cool completely, at least 1 hour.
  • Make the topping: In a stand mixer, with a hand mixer, or by hand with a whisk, whip the cream, sugar, and cinnamon together until soft peaks form. Pile the whipped cream on top of the cooled pie, sprinkle it with the pepper flakes, and serve. This pie can be made ahead, without the topping, and refrigerated for up to 1 week, covered in plastic wrap. Add the topping just before serving.

Notes & Nutrition

Adapted from First Prize Pies
Servings 10.0 * calories 431 * Total Fat 35 g * Saturated Fat 18 g * Monounsaturated Fat 4 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 5 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 101 mg * Sodium 76 mg * Potassium 150 mg * Total Carbohydrate 24 g * Dietary Fiber 6 g * Sugars 17 g * Protein 5 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*

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