Mexican Lava Brownies And Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

by Alli

Sometimes I just need chocolate. Hot chocolate. No. Not the kind you drink. It’s way too hot for that. I need spicy chocolate. I need heat. Sometimes I just need Mexican Lava Brownies & Dulce de Leche Ice Cream (caramel ice cream). Coffee ice cream is also good with these brownies.

If I had to pick a favorite cuisine, it would be Mexican food. Hands down. Every. Single. Time. It’s a family favorite and I like it hot. (No worries, these brownies are not hot, just a little kick of spiciness)

The hubs and I have been to Mexico several times over the years and we always search for the most authentic,  non-touristy places to eat.  Oh, and we’ve found some good ones.

Once we were in a tiny restaurant and I ordered guacamole. The owner sent his young son across the street for avocados. Talking about fresh!

Mexican Lava Brownies are so easy to make. Don’t tell anyone, but I use a brownie mix. There’s no shame in my game! I also add a pinch of cayenne pepper and cinnamon to kick things up a notch.

If you don’t like the heat, get out of the kitchen. I mean, leave the cayenne pepper out completely. It’s all good. But it’s better with the pepper.

A bite of Mexican Lava Brownies on a white plate served with ice cream

It’s All About the Center of Mexican Lava Brownies

As soon as you dig into my Mexican Lava Brownies, the chocolate center begins to ooze out and mixes with the caramel ice cream. It’ll make you want to do a Mexican hat dance.

(The photo below is from another Mexican party I hosted)

Mexican Lava Brownies with Caramel Ice Cream

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Yield: 12 Servings

Mexican Lava Brownies And Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

Mexican Lava Brownie on White Plate

When you dig into one of these delicious brownies, the chocolate center oozes out. These pair perfectly with Dulce de Leche Ice Cream.


  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1(1 lb. 2.4 oz) brownie mix (I use Betty Crocker Milk Chocolate)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Dulce de Leche ice cream


  1. Heat oven to 400º. Grease 12 muffin cups. Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips and butter in the microwave for 45 seconds. Stir until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the eggs and egg yolks until frothy. (I do it all by hand).
  3. Gradually add brownie mix, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and cayenne pepper and stir until combined.
  4. Stir the melted chocolate/butter mixture into the brownie mix.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the sides are set. The center will be moist.
  6. Cool for 2 minutes and run a knife around the edges of the muffin cups.
  7. Turn brownies onto baking rack to cool. Serve with ice cream.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 180Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 122mgSodium 111mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 0gSugar 9gProtein 3g

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What’s your very favorite Mexican food? I love it all.


Shirley Wood March 30, 2016 - 7:54 am

You certainly cannot get much more fresh than having the avocado fresh from the store! This recipe sounds scrumptious and looks fabulous!

Heather @ March 30, 2016 - 8:29 am

I make lava cakes from scratch all of the time! I can’t wait to try this spiced up version.

Zan March 30, 2016 - 9:48 am

Mexican foods is a fav or ours, too, and I regularly do something Mexican one day a week for dinner. This dessert looks amazing and hot out of the oven with dulce de leche ice cream is sure to be a hit here. And of course, there no shame in the game for a brownie mix and a little cayenne pepper.

Alli March 30, 2016 - 11:11 am

No shame at all! 🙂

Franc Ramon March 30, 2016 - 11:09 am

The brownies with the ice cream looks really tasty. I would love to have this for dessert.

Pam March 30, 2016 - 11:29 am

I love Mexican chocolate with the chile and the cinnamon. These sound awesome and I love how simple it is since you start with a box mix.

Tori Gabriel March 30, 2016 - 12:25 pm

I love that you use a brownie mix! That’s my kind of cooking! These sound amazing though to be honest you had me at “chocolate”.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy March 30, 2016 - 2:36 pm

I love brownies and this brownie recipe sounds amazingly delicious! Brownies are my husband’s fave dessert, so this is definitely a recipe I can’t wait to try!

Kristen from The Road to Domestication March 30, 2016 - 3:43 pm

Goodness, these look delish! I’m gonna try to make them gluten-free!

Sue Purdy March 30, 2016 - 6:28 pm

Mexican brownies are one of my favourite things. I LOVE the chocolate and spice combination. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

Brandy March 31, 2016 - 7:02 am

This looks super delish, thanks for a yummy recipe I can make and the name lava being in it? Just makes me want to make it all that much more!

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Caitlin March 6, 2020 - 12:22 pm

OH MY GOSH!! I could dive in!!! Looks delicious!

Reginia Cordell March 7, 2020 - 12:40 pm

As good as this looks, I would be scared to make this from scratch because my skills are…lol. It looks so delicious though.

Alli March 7, 2020 - 2:05 pm

I imagine you would do just fine!


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