Mexican Chocolate Tart with Tequila in a Saltine-Graham Cracker Crust

This Mexican Chocolate Tart is a silky, fudgey tart spiked with tequila and baked into a saltine and graham cracker crust for that salty-sweet finish.

This Mexican Chocolate Tart is a silky, fudgey tart spiked with tequila and baked into a saltine and graham cracker crust for that salty-sweet finish.

The easiest way to cut the tart is by dipping your knife in very hot water, dry it off, then make a slice. Repeat this after every slice for clean, even slices.



For the Crust:

  • 1 cup crushed saltine crackers (about 30 crackers)
  • 1/2 cup crushed graham crackers (about 4 cracker sheets)
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 cups half-and-half
  • 3 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 3 tablespoons tequila
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup toasted almond slivers, for garnish
  • Raspberries and figs, for garnish (optional)


  1. To make the crust, heat oven to 375°F and arrange rack in the middle.
  2. Combine saltines and graham cracker crumbs in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Add butter and pulse until well combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Pour crust mixture into the bottom of a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Using your fingers, press the crumbs starting from the middle out to make an even, compact crust. Work your way to the sides last, pressing the crumbs all along the side of the pan.
  4. Place tart pan on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a rack before starting the filling.
  5. To make the filling, combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, cayenne powder, and salt in a medium saucepan, whisking to break up any lumps.
  6. Set the saucepan over medium heat and slowly add the half-and-half while continuously whisking. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil, you want to keep the heat at medium or medium-low so the cornstarch has enough time to cook, it should take about 10 minutes for the mixture to come to a boil.
  7. When the filling starts to boil, remove it from the heat and add both chocolates, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and the tequila. Whisk until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth.
  8. Using a plastic spatula, scrape the mixture into the cooled crust and spread evenly. Let cool to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.
  9. When you are ready to serve, carefully remove the sides of the tart pan. Combine the heavy cream, remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and the powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip the cream on medium-high until fluffy, stiff peaks form. Pile the whipped cream on top of the tart, sprinkle with almonds, and fruit if desired and serve.