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How to Make Nicuatole

Nicuatole is a traditional Mexican dessert that originated in pre-Hispanic times. It is a sweet and creamy pudding-like dessert made primarily from ground maize (corn) and often flavored with cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, and sometimes chocolate or other additions for variation in taste.

This dessert has its roots in indigenous Mexican cuisine and is known for its smooth and slightly thick consistency. It’s usually served chilled and can be cut into squares or slices for individual servings. Nicuatole has been passed down through generations and remains a beloved dessert in some regions of Mexico, appreciated for its unique flavor and texture derived from maize and sweet seasonings.

Recipe Background

Nicuatole is a gelatinous dessert originating from Oaxaca, Mexico. Corn and sugar are its backbone, providing a delectable experience unlike any other.

Why Make this Recipe?

  • Authenticity: It’s a staple in Mexican cuisine.
  • Ease: Few ingredients, little equipment needed.
  • Unique: Stand out at potlucks and family dinners.

What Does Nicuatole Taste Like?

Imagine the creaminess of pudding but with a subtle, grainy texture and corn flavor.

Taste Profile:

  • Sweet: Moderate
  • Creamy: High
  • Grainy: Low

What is in Nicuatole?

  • Cornmeal
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Water

Equipment Required for this Recipe

  • Saucepan
  • Stirring Spoon
  • Baking Dish
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 cups water


  1. In a saucepan, combine all ingredients.
  2. Stir constantly on medium heat.
  3. When mixture thickens, pour into a baking dish.
  4. Chill until set, usually 3-4 hours.

How to Serve Nicuatole

Slice it up and serve cold.

Serving Ideas:

  • With a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Topped with a dollop of whipped cream
  • As is, in all its glory

What to Serve Nicuatole With

  • Fresh fruits
  • Coffee or tea
  • A scoop of vanilla ice cream

My Recommendations and Tips

  • For a smoother texture, sieve the cornmeal.
  • Experiment with spices like nutmeg or anise.
  • Use a shallow dish for quicker setting.

Nicuatole Storage Ideas

  • Fridge: Up to one week in an airtight container.
  • Freezer: Not recommended.

Potential Ingredients Substitutes

CornmealFine Polenta
CinnamonNutmeg or Anise

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: Approx 200 per slice
  • Sugar: 25g
  • Fat: 1g

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use milk instead of water?
    • Yes, milk will make it creamier.
  • How long to chill?
    • Minimum 3-4 hours for the best results.


Nicuatole offers a sublime blend of textures and flavors that make it a timeless Mexican classic. A straightforward recipe with high reward, it’s a must-try for anyone keen on experiencing the richness of Mexican desserts. It’s more than food; it’s a cultural gem. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s cook!