Orange Chili Brownies are a super easy Mexican brownie recipe using a box mix, then adding some chili spice and citrus oil. The result is a brownie that’s over the top delicious.
My Best Brownie Recipe
Aside from a batch I made in the 60’s, this is hands down my best brownie creation ever.
Every single time I make these brownies, I’m asked for the recipe. And for any cook, that’s the ultimate compliment.
And I’m very glad to share it, as its simple recipe, using store purchased items. All you need are a few specialty items and a warm oven, then share the love.
To Share A Recipe Or Not To Share A Recipe
You happily share recipes don’t you?
But haven’t we all run into someone who simply refuses? Someone that replies “no” so quickly that it literally stops you in your tracks? And even the slightest attempts to negotiate fail?
Years, ago, there was the incident of co-worker, who brought in some of the best green chili I’ve ever tasted. An impressive combination of Mexican flavors, she refused to share the recipe. After days and days of hounding, I obtained most of the ingredients and then spent years perfecting the recipe.
And then there was the case of our Office Manager, and her homemade Honey Mustard. Hands down, the BEST Honey Mustard I’ve ever tasted. It’s perfect addition of spicy heat had me clamoring for the recipe only to hear “I don’t share the recipe.” I spent the next few hours guessing ingredients, each guess greeted with a “smug smile and a “no.” I could tell that even if I guessed right, she was still going to say “no.” I’ll never get that recipe.
With all that said, I’m going to step down off my brownie box share this recipe. After many test batches, I unveiled the brownies back in August at my Summer Tapas Party. After reading my post and recipes about the party, one of the attendees sent an email which simply read “What about the f#*@*#* brownies? 🙂
How To Make These Mexican Chili Brownies
Even as a Culinary School Graduate, I’d like to make it clear that I’m offering no apologies for using a box mix for this recipe. I have found that Ghirardelli triple chocolate brownie mix is delightfully delicious. It’s a perfect blend of rich deep chocolate and smooth texture. The high altitude instructions on the box turns out a perfect Colorado brownie.
You can purchase this mix at Costco and the Double Chocolate Mix works well too, and I’ve found this at King Soopers. I’ve not been able to locate the triple chocolate mix anywhere but Costco.
My additions are simple. Orange Oil. Boyajian is the brand I love. So many flavors, so many uses. They make great vinaigrettes. The pure orange oil is my secret ingredient for these brownies.
My next secret weapon is to sprinkle the top of the brownies with Klass Chilito Chili Powder Seasoning (formerly known as Znax2go), a salt and chile powder mixture and you’ve got a good combination of flavors. It can be purchased at Mexican markets or online. It’s a product that makes fruit (like mango slices) sing and it brings these brownies to a whole new level.
And I need to make it clear that Boyajian, Ghirardelli and Klass have not paid me nor provided me with free product to mention their products.
Affectionately referred to as “Fist Fight Brownies”, I’m officially sharing the recipe. Let’s take a look.
Mexican Orange Chili Brownies Recipe
I hope you give these orange chili brownies a try. Beautiful rich chocolate is enhanced with a tad of orange flavor and spiced up with a salty spicy chili topping. ‘They’re easy and they’re flat out fun.
And if you have a favorite Mexican brownie recipe, let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
More Mexican Chocolate Dessert Recipe
- Chili Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Bourbon Frosting
- Mexican Chocolate Sauce with Kahlua
- Pepita Mexican Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Orange Chili Brownies
- 1 package Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix 18 ounces. Follow directions
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Boyajian Pure Orange Oil or 1 Tablespoon orange zest
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 2 teaspoons Klass Chili Powder Seasoning formerly Znax 2go
- Prepare brownies mix according to the instructions on the box.
- To the mixture add the Boyajian Orange Oil and the chopped pecans.
- Blend and bake according to instructions on the box.
- Remove from oven. While still hot liberally sprinkle on the chili seasoning mix.
- Gently press the powder onto the top of the brownies.
- Let cool then cut into squares and serve.
Mexican Orange Chili Brownies …They’re What’s for A Mexican Dessert
Why Trust These Recipes? Lea Ann Brown has lived, worked and played in Colorado for 45 years. She has immersed herself in the Colorado Culinary space, is a Culinary School Graduate and publishes her Colorado food Blog, Cooking On The Ranch.