The duo makes everything better—from cake to steak.

May 04, 2016

If you haven't tried combining chocolate and chiles, now is the time. Here are seven excellent chocolate-and-chile-spiked recipes to make for Cinco de Mayo.

1. Cinnamon Cake with Chile-Chocolate Buttercream 

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This fantastic layer cake features sweet-spicy frosting made with both bittersweet and white chocolate, ancho chile powder and cayenne pepper.

2. Grilled Steaks with Ancho Mole Sauce 

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Chef Louis Lambert serves his Mexican chocolate-and-chile sauce called mole with hearty cuts of grilled beef like porterhouse or the grilled strip steaks here.

3. Gluten-Free Chocolate-Chile Cakes 

Why Chocolate and Chiles Belong Together Forever

The duo makes everything better—from cake to steak.

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Sweet-sticky dates and cooked beets are the base for these flourless chocolate cakes.The tangy yogurt frosting coupled with a little heat from cayenne and crushed red pepper makes them fun to eat.

4. Grilled Pound Cake with Mexican Chocolate Sauce and Tropical Fruit

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Chef Michelle Bernstein tops slices of warm grilled cake with a fantastic Mexican-inspired chocolate sauce flavored with cocoa, cinnamon and chile powder.

5. Pots de Crème with Chocolate, Chile and Espresso

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This festive Cinco de Mayo dessert is topped with lightly sweetened whipped cream and dulce de leche.

6. Cocoa-and-Chile-Rubbed Pork Chops

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Grill master Tim Love coats pork chops with cocoa and chile powders for a rub that's like a deconstructed version of Mexican mole sauce.

7. Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles Rolled in Spices

Day 19: Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles Rolled in Spices

If you are a chocolate person, you definitely will want to make these bittersweet truffles. They are coated with a blend of Chinese and Mexican spices, which make them unlike any truffles you've ever had. This recipe calls for cardamom, allspice, chipotle powder and five-spice powder. Talk about flavor!

 Hans Gissinger

Try coating these amazing DIY truffles in Mexican spices.