Chocolate-Ancho Chili Creme Brulee

A unique twist on a classic dessert that is so delicious you will end up scraping every last bit out of the dish.
Okay, so I must admit I have become obsessed with crème brulee! I love the contrasting textures from the crisp caramelized sugar topping to the creamy custard middle.
This Chocolate Chili Crème Brulee is the perfect marriage of chocolate, cinnamon and Ancho-chili’s.
The chocolate and cinnamon are the stars of the show where the chili’s presence isn’t strong but lingers giving you a slight burn after a few bites.
This elegant medley of flavors leaves you wanting, no, craving more of this divine indulgence.
Enjoy! XOXO San

Chocolate-Ancho Chili Creme Brulee

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: PT30-35M

Total Time: 4 hours

Yield: 8

Chocolate-Ancho Chili Creme Brulee

Chocolate Chili Crème Brulee a perfect marriage of chocolate, cinnamon and Ancho-chili’s.


  • Chocolate-Ancho Chili Crème Brulee
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 dried Ancho chili with seeds, stemmed, chopped 10-12 pieces
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • Cinnamon Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Dash of cinnamon


Pour the cream into a medium saucepan, add cinnamon stick and Ancho chili. Place over medium heat until small bubbles form around the edges of the pan and immediately remove from the heat. Add chocolate chips and stir until combined and smooth. Let custard mixture cool to room temperature, then using a mesh strainer push custard through leaving behind cinnamon stick, chili and seeds.

Preheat oven to 275°.

In a medium bowl, briskly whisk the egg yolks until pale in color, about 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the ½ cup sugar until dissolved, about 2 minutes. Gently whisk in the cream, taking care to not overbeat. You don’t want to see bubbles form.

Place 8 crème brûlée dishes in a baking pan.

Divide the custard mixture evenly between the 6 dishes, there should be at least ¼’’ of head space for the sugar topping. (Do not add the sugar at this point.)

Place the pan in the over the gently pour 4-5 cups of warm water or enough water for it to come halfway up the sides of the dishes.

Bake in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes (32 minutes for my oven), or until the center of each custard still jiggles just slightly.

Remove from the oven and lift the dishes from the hot water. Or you can open the over, pull out the rack a few inches and remove the individual crème brûlée pans out of the pan with hot water. Then remove the pan, this might help you eliminate water spillage onto the floor and your crème brûlées.

Let them cool until about room temperature approximately 15 minutes.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.

About 20-30 minutes before you want to serve mix together ½ teaspoon of cinnamon and 6 tablespoons of sugar. Then evenly sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar mixture over each custard.

Using a hand-held torch, caramelize the top by slowly working around the entire brûlée, making sure to cover the entire thing. To help you achieve a perfect crust hold the torch about ½ inch away from the sugar.

Return to the fridge for 10-12 minutes to chill the brûlée.

I don’t like mine warm but if you do prefer it this way by all means dig in NOW. (Smile)

Optional topping: Homemade Cinnamon Whipped Cream

With an electric mixer, beat heaving whipping cream, sugar and cinnamon until stiff. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Total time required is about 4 hours, as you need to chill the crème brulee at least 2 hours before serving.

Kids review: I was shocked it was a huge hit. They love chocolate yes, but I thought the slight burn at the end might keep them from loving it. Was I ever so wrong! Madden (6 years) especially loved the whipped cream.


  1. Joy says

    Sounds delish! We LOVE creme brûlée and my hubby loves nothing more than hot spicy food. This just may become his fav dessert!

  2. says

    This looks like the most delicious recipe EVER. Thanks for sharing at the Pin It Monday Hop. This would make a really special dessert for Valentine’s Day.

  3. says

    This is a really interesting flavor combination! I usually get a hot chocolate that is kind of like this froma local chocolatier, so I bet I would love it.

    • Sandra says

      You could totally do this with out the ancho-chili! It is still good. The ancho chili is found in the grocery store in the Mexican food aisle and it is dried. It is hot, so be sure to follow the directions on the recipe to remove the unwanted heat. xo San

  4. Amy Desrosiers says

    I am really loving the spicy twist this dessert has! My husband would want me to make it for sure!

  5. says

    that’s a GORGEOUS creme brulee!! i will tell you when i first read it i was wondering, is she putting anchovies in dessert? but the chili? sounds hot. in many ways :)

    • Sandra says

      Brett – it isn’t hot, just gives it a kick and totally elevates it, hope you can try it soon. xo San


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