Chili Chocolate Brownies – Spicy Chocolate Brownies

Chili Chocolate Brownies

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Chili Chocolate Brownies are a deliciously spicy treat. When you combine chocolate with a subtle hint of chili heat, the result is just pure divine. And, chili and chocolate are a perfect pair for Valentines Day, or any day. These Chili Chocolate Brownies bring both chili heat and silky chocolate together in the most delicious and beautiful way.

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Chili Chocolate Brownies

Brownies: Should They be Cakey or Fudgy?

Who doesn’t love Brownies? The only debate for me, with brownies, is whether you prefer them to be light and cakey, or would rather have them dense and fudgy? While I wouldn’t say no to either, I do prefer the fudgy version. These chili chocolate brownies are chewy, fudgy, and yes, just a little spicy, too. Which is the very best part. You can have brownies any day. But brownies, infused with some spicy chili heat? Not every day, right?

Chocolate & Chili

Chocolate and chili peppers are a combo that dates back to the Aztecs, according to this article on The Sweet History of Chocolate. In Mexico, chili heat is often added to your hot chocolate, and mole sauce is a spicy, savoury chocolate sauce.

These dense and fudgy chili chocolate  brownies are very well suited to the addition of a bit of subtle heat, in the form of some hot chili pepper. The combo of chili and chocolate is a delightful surprise. Although the spiciness is subtle, it’s definitely there, lurking quietly in the background, taking a back seat to the intense chocolate flavour, but complementing it beautifully.

I didn’t add any nuts to this recipe because I wanted it to be all about the chocolate chili combo. I also kept the spicy peppers pretty subtle. When I make these, I personally use double the heat, but I’m keeping this recipe tame for those of you who aren’t spicy. Feel free to add more, if you prefer.

This is an adult brownie, and it’s probably not suited to most kids, but hey, maybe your children are chili aficionados (I do know some that are!). If so let them at it, served with ice cream or a glass of cold milk. Or make these Chocolate Pretzel Patties just for them.

And if you’re craving a snack with more of a savoury spice, try Chili Lime Spiced Nuts

Three brownies on a plate with a chile pepper


A chocolate brownie on a plate

Chili Chocolate Brownies – Spicy Chocolate Brownies

These Chili Chocolate Brownies have a hint of chili spice in a fudgy, chocolate brownie treat.
4.07 from 15 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 16 brownies
Calories 221 kcal


  • 6 oz good quality unsweetened dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Line an 8 inch square baking pan with parchment, allowing some overhang on two sides.
  • Melt chocolate and butter, In a double boiler over simmering water, whisking until smooth. Or melt in a microwave using 30 second increments, stirring between increments.
  • Set the chocolate aside to cool to room temperature.
  • Combine flour and salt in a small bowl
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar
  • Add cocoa powder, cayenne, and crushed chili to the egg/sugar mixture, whisking until smooth. Whisk in the cooled chocolate/butter mixture until smooth.
  • Fold in flour and salt and stir vigorously until batter is thick and smooth.
  • Spread batter into prepared baking pan.
  • Bake approximately 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs.
  • Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  • When cool, use the parchment to remove from pan. Cut into 2 inch squares.


Serving: 1gCalories: 221kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 56mgPotassium: 31mgSugar: 26gVitamin A: 260IUCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword chili pepper, Chocolate, spicy brownies
Tried this recipe? What changes did you make?Let us know how it was!

A close up of a slice of a brownie on a plate

18 thoughts on “Chili Chocolate Brownies – Spicy Chocolate Brownies

  1. I’ve often added a small can of green chili’s to my favorite brownie recipe, but that just seems to make them too moist. I’m working on a batch with cayenne and chili flakes as I type this. 🙂

    1. Hi Mrs H! This recipe is a delicious way to spice up your brownies, and it won’t make them too moist. I hope you love them as much as we do, and would love to hear how they turned out.

    2. Does both chocolate and butter go in the double boiler/microwave or only the chocolate? It didn’t state it clearly in the recipe line. I don’t want to mess up this great brownie dish. I can’t wait to make it.

      1. Hi Sheila, Thank you for checking on this, because, this recipe is an earlier one, and I have since changed formats for the recipe card. This one didn’t translate, and thanks to you, I have now fixed. I hope it makes more sense now, and, I hope you love these brownies. They are amazing, and I would love to hear back how they turned out.

  2. Absolutely love these two flavors together… such a “historical” combination! These brownies look absolutely amazing Colleen. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. I haven’t had chocolate with chili in years. The pairing always slips my mind when it comes to chocolate making/eating time, but it’s always a treat when I do remember. These brownies look fantastic! I’m with you on the all brownies are good brownies motto, but fudgy always wins.

  4. I love spicy anything, chocolate included! It’s funny because years ago, I was a smoker and hated anything with spice and once I finally quit, lo and behold, my tasyebuds awakened and it was all spicy food all the time! Now, I can add these sweet/spicy treats to my repertoire. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks Finn! chili and chocolate really are a wonderful combo. BTW, I just checked out your lovely site and that Steak & Stout pie looks devine ♥

  6. Hi Colleen, looks like another must try recipe. Reminds me of the Mexican hot chocolate we always have at Ah Cacao in Playa del Carmen. They sprinkle a few chili pepper flakes on top.

    1. Hi Dina, thank you for your comment, which is so cool and interesting because this recipe was inspired by many trips to Mexico. I’ve always been intrigued by how they use both chocolate and of course chiles. Glad to connect with you!

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