Habanero Brownies – Mexican Brownies

Habanero Brownies are rich with chocolate and butter and spiced with a whole habanero pepper. The ganache on top makes these fudgy brownies even better!

three habanero brownies on a wood surface

This recipe was inspired by a bottle of wine I bought while on a wine tasting tour in New Mexico. 

We’d had a great day and tasted some nice wines, but by the 5th winery our palates were pretty overwhelmed.

The last wine poured was a red wine made with chocolate and chiles. Well, that woke our palates up! What could be more New Mexican? So we bought a bottle for fun.several habanero brownies, habanero pepper and cinnamon sticks

We were invited to dinner at a friend’s house and I decided to bring along the chocolate-chile wine to share. I wanted to make a dessert to go with it and that’s how this recipe came to be.

The Heat Level of Habaneros can vary…Make Your Habenero Brownies as hot as you like!

I love Habanero peppers. Yes, they can be quite hot, but they have a lovely, fruity flavor once you get passed the heat.

I used a whole pepper because the one I had was not super hot. Because the heat level can vary from pepper to pepper, I suggest (unless you’re a real chile-head) you add a little at a time until you get the heat level you like. The butter, flour and sugar in the brownie does tame the heat a little.

A full tablespoon of cinnamon compliments both the chocolate and the chile in these Habanero Brownies. I used Ceylon, or true, cinnamon, which may also be labeled as “Mexican” cinnamon. Regular cinnamon (cassia) will also work if you can’t find Ceylon cinnamon.

This is my new favorite brownie!

a stack of habanero brownies

You might like these other fabulous brownie recipes: Classic Fudgy Brownies, Sourdough Brownies, Chocolate Cherry Brownies, Malted Milk Brownies, Roasted Beet Brownies, and White Chocolate Raspberry Brownies.

You might also like these recipes for the brownies’ cousin, Butterscotch Ripple Blondies and Malted Milk Blondies

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Habenero Brownies
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Habanero Brownies

Fudgy, rich chocolate brownies with a kick of habanero heat! Easy to make and the perfect Cinco de Mayo recipe or any day recipe.
Prep Time20 minutes
Bake Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
32 brownies
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  • 5 oz all purpose flour (1 cup, see note)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (preferably Mexican cinnamon)
  • 9 oz semi-sweet chocolate (chopped)
  • 6 oz unsalted butter (cut into 1″ chunks)
  • 12 oz granulated sugar (1 ½ cups)
  • 1 Habanero pepper (seeds and ribs removed, minced)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup Chocolate Ganache (room temp)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Butter a 13×9 inch baking pan and line the pan in one direction with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, add 5 oz all purpose flour, ½ teaspoon salt, ¾ teaspoon baking powder and 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon. Whisk to combine the ingredients and set aside
  • Place9 oz semi-sweet chocolate and 6 oz unsalted butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, stir to combine. Microwave in 30 second increments (stirring between) until all the chocolate is melted. Stir 12 oz granulated sugar, 1 Habanero pepper (minced) and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract into the chocolate mixture. Add4 large eggs, two at a time and stir until combined. Add the flour mixture and stir just until combined. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  • Bake until the brownies puff up a bit and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs (about 25-30 minutes). Cool in the pan to room temperature. Spread 1 cup Chocolate Ganache evenly over the brownies. Refrigerate until the ganache is set and the brownies are firm.
  • Use the parchment paper to lift the brownies out of the pan onto a cutting board
  • Cut into 32 pieces (for clean edges wipe the knife with a damp cloth between cuts). The brownies keep for several days at room temperature.

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If measuring the flour by volume use the “dip & sweep” method. That is, dip the measuring cup into the flour bin, overfill it, then sweep away the excess.


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. These are the best brownies I can remember having. Ridiculously moist and tasty, I see this becoming a go to for bringing to events. Thank you for the recipe. Curious to experiment with more habanero to raise the heat.

  2. We love this recipe so much and it’s the only dessert he makes without my help! Great addition to our regular recipes.

  3. i dont know if its just my computer but the whole recipe is blocked out with question marks, i would really like to make this!

    1. I’m not sure what’s going on Rebekah. I just checked and I can see the recipe just fine on both desktop and mobile.

      1. Chocolate habaneros have a delicious “smoked” flavour, different of all peppers I have ever tried, but they burn 2 times more than regular ones!!! Please be careful XD