Going straight to my hips

The sixth season of Rick Bayless’s cooking show Mexico, One Plate at a Time was airing on PBS this summer and one of the episodes featured several different kinds of ice cream. One of the recipes was for Mexican Chocolate Chile Ice Cream (Helado de Chocolate y Chile Pasilla) and I was smitten. It looked fantastic. Chocolate + Chili = two of my favorite things!

Mexican Chocolate & Chili Ice Cream
Pasillo Negro Chili

The recipe calls for pasillo negro chilies, which I was able to pick up at Perola in Kensington Market. They’re  a medium-hot chili with hints of berry flavour, and these, along with Ancho and Guajillo chilies are considered the “Holy Trinity” of Mexican cooking.

Mexican Chocolate
Mexican Chocolate

I used this Mexican Hot Chocolate, which comes as solid bars, for the chocolate, but I’m not entirely sure its the right thing. Regardless, it tasted good!

Mexican Chocolate & Chili Ice Cream
Making the chocolate-chili infusion

Before I even got down to making the ice cream though, I had to get myself an ice cream maker. We had one when I was a kid, a cheesy hand-crank one, so I was keen to get something that works well. I did some research online and the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence™ 2 Qt. machine was the most positively reviewed. Not exactly an inexpensive machine, I was able to get a display model at Linen and Things for 20% off.

Mexican Chocolate & Chili Ice Cream
Freezing the ice cream

This recipe was definitely a fairly complicated one for my first time making ice cream from scratch. It required several steps, including making the chili and chocolate infusion, then making the custard base, cooling everything and then adding the cream at the end before freezing it in the machine.

This is definitely one of the richest ice creams I’ve ever had. But the flavour is marvelous – completely unique. If I make it again though, I think I’ll use just half-and-half cream, and not the heavy cream. But it could be the custardy base (FOUR EGG YOLKS) that add to the rich creamy texture.

Mexican Chocolate & Chili Ice Cream
Mexican Chocolate Chili Ice Cream


  1. Well I hope you’re happy. Now I have drool all over my screen! That stuff looks DELISH…

  2. Robin Marie says:

    Oh my, thank you so much for sharing this! Have you tried the Mexican Sweet Chili tea from Yogi Tea? I think you can get a free sample online here: http://www.yogitea.com/Pages/FreeSamples.html

  3. admin says:

    Ooo that sounds really good actually… unfortunately they don’t seem to offer the free sample deal to Canadians. I’ll have to look for it!

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