Mango Chile Flan
This flan recipe is just like the classic Latin dessert, but with a twist! Infused with fruity mango and spiked with a kick of chile pepper, you’ll love the sweet/spicy flavor of this smooth, creamy custard!
Hey all! How’s your week so far? Mine’s good- I managed to get my living room walls and trim painted over the weekend (whew!), and now the kiddos are home with me all this week. No day camp! I’m really looking forward to spending this week with them before they head back to school. And I even have a fun trip planned up to NYC for a little side project. We’re leaving later this afternoon, and I can’t wait to share the details with ya, but for now lets talk flan!
Have you ever had flan? It’s basically the same thing as creme caramel, which is a creamy egg custard, baked over a layer of caramel. When you unmold it, the caramel spills all over the top and down the sides. Everyone will ooh and ah!
Since flan is traditionally a Latin dessert, I thought, why not jazz it up with some tropical flavors. So we’re blending in some sweet mango and spiking the caramel with a spicy kick of chile pepper!
This is such a fun dessert for just about any occasion. I know it’s back-to-school season, but around here we are still enjoying warm nights on the patio, and I think this would just be such a fabulous ending to a Mexican meal! Click on over to KitchenAid’s blog, The Kitchenthusiast, for the full how-to.
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Mango Chile Flan
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup water,, divided
- 1 chile pepper, (such as thai bird or serrano)
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, (optional0
- 2 large eggs
- 5 egg yolks
- 14 ounces condensed milk, (1 can)
- 12- ounces evaporated milk, (1 can)
- 1/2 cup pureed mango , (about half a mango)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
- Place the sugar and 1/4 cup of water in a small pot, and bring to a boil.
- When the syrup turns golden, add the chile pepper and cayenne, if using.
- Continue to cook the syrup until it becomes a deep amber color.
- Add the cayenne, if using, along with the remaining 2 tablespoons of water, and swirl the pot gently to combine.
- Fish out the chile and pour the caramel into a loaf pan.
- Place the eggs, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, mango, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl, and whisk until smooth.
- Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, over the caramel and into the loaf pan.
- Wrap tightly with aluminum foil, place in a larger pan filled with hot water, and bake for one hour and twenty minutes, or until set around the edges but still slightly wobbly toward the center. (When placed in the center of the flan, a thermometer should register 180 degrees F.)
- Chill the flan overnight.
- Run a thin knife around the sides of the pan, then invert onto a serving platter.
- Slice and serve.
Hi! Could I use whole milk instead of the evaporated and condensed milk?
Sorry- I have not tried that so I can’t say for sure.
En español, por favor..
Yum! What a great combination! Pinning now.
Thank you so much Sabrina!
These flavors are so exotic and delicious!
Thanks Laura! Have a great weekend, hon!
I absolutely love this. I never had a flan like it but I do love creme caramel, it is one of my favorite desserts. I am saving this and hope to make it soon.
Hooray! I hope you love it, Adina! Thank you so much for the sweet comment 🙂
I bet there is just a BURST of flavor in your mouth with each bite of this flan Allie! Gorgeous!
Thank you so much Trish!
I probably wouldn’t be able to replicate this, since I don’t use eggs in my cooking, but the pics looks wonderful Allie! I love the combination of mango and chilli peppers!
Thank you so much Ranjana, for reading even though you don’t enjoy cooking with eggs! This one is definitely egg-centric, but I’m so glad you enjoyed reading anyway. Thanks so much for the sweet comment 🙂
aww… you’re welcome.. 🙂 your posts and pics always interest me Allie! xoxo
Allie – I seriously love everything about this dessert! Flan is one of my most favorite sweets, mango is my favorite fruit, and I love the bit of heat with the chile! Super fabulous and brilliant! Pinning of course and I can’t wait to try this!
Aw thank you so much Kathleen!
Allie, do you still have any leftovers, I would love a slice of this tropical goodness so much!
Haha I wish I could share with you Katalina, but it didn’t last for very long! Thanks so much sweetie!
Allie, what an awesome flavor combo! Growing up going to Pakistan almost every summer, I basically lived on creme caramel (every single hotel served it, and it was one of the only things that I would eat). So, I’ve had my fair share of creme caramel and mango creme caramel, and I LOVE that you added the spice! I’m going to pin the recipe from the KitchenAid site so I can try it! And I hope you’re having a blast in NY. I can’t wait to hear more about the trip 🙂
Wow that’s so great to hear that this is such a familiar and comforting dessert for you Aida! Thank you so much for pinning!
Such sophisticated flavor profiles here! Love the sweet mango and the spicy chile and loving the creamy and picture perfect flan 🙂
Thank you so much Medha!
Mango and chile is SUCH a great combination! This spicy/sweet dessert sounds SO amazing and perfect for the end of summer! Pinned!
Thanks so much Taylor!
I’ve had flan several times, and it was only good a couple of those times! haha This one looks melt-in-your-mouth creamy, and the spicy mango flavor sounds incredible!
Haha that’s funny Marcie! This version was really tender and creamy, not at all rubbery. We really enjoyed it!
Wow this dessert look magical Allie! I’ve never seen anything like it before! Yum.
Thanks so much dear!
Gorgeous dessert, Allie! Love flan and I really love the mix of sweet and spicy flavour here! Looks perfect.
So happy you like it Jess! Thank you so much!
Allie, this is one beautiful flan. I love the flavor combination and lovely color. Have a safe trip to NYC and cant wait to hear the details.
Thanks Linda! Hope you’re having a great week, my friend! 🙂
Allie this flan is gorgeous! I’ve never tried making one, but I think I should give it a go! I love the flavors in this! Thanks for sharing and have a great time in NYC!!
My pleasure Mary Ann! I hope you enjoy it!
Dessert perfection! I wish I had a slice right now.
Thanks so much Jen!
Allie, love the flavor combo here!!! Beautiful job!
Thank you so much Alice!
This is absolutely GORGEOUS, Allie! Sweet and spicy is the best combination and paired together in a smooth, creamy flan? OMG – heaven! This sounds topically delicious! Loves it! Pinned!! Cheers and have fun in NYC!
Thanks a bunch Cheyanne!