Dulce de Leche Caramel Ricotta Pancakes

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Dulce de Leche Ricotta Pancakes

Dulce de Leche Ricotta Pancakes

Pancakes de Ricotta con Dulce de Leche

Recipe Yield

10 to 12 small pancakes

Cooking time

10 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.50 from 8 votes


  • 1 cup ricotta or requesón cheese
  • 1 cup Dulce de Leche or Cajeta
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • Butter or vegetable oil to cook pancakes
  • confectioners' sugar
  • Fruit of your choice such as berries, mango or bananas

To Prepare

  • In a medium bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, Dulce de Leche and eggs until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, mix well until completely incorporated. Lastly, add the lime juice and zest, mix again.
  • Preheat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-low heat for at least 5 minutes. Once hot, add enough butter or oil to cover surface. Ladle ¼ cup pancake batter per pancake, cook for 2 to 3 minutes on the first side, flip and cook for 1 to 2 minutes on the second side. Serve sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar and fruit of your choice.


73comments inDulce de Leche Ricotta Pancakes

  1. Victoria

    Oct 05

    Thank you Pati. I made this recipe tonight … breakfast for dinner. They were SO GOOD! I made a mixed berry sauce with a little Dulce de Luche mixed in drizzled over the cakes, side of bacon … sweet & salty. So good! Thank you and we enjoy your show every week. I got my boyfriend watching too. He loves your show (& your recipes) ❤️❤️

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 06

      Thanks so much for your sweet message Victoria, so very happy to hear you and your boyfriend have been tuning in and enjoying the show, abrazos to both!


    Aug 27

    I go to public television and look for your cooking show. Great to watch you interact with your sons. I am going buy your cookbooks. Great recipes. Thx for being there.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 04

      Thanks to you for following Daniel, this is very kind of you 😉

  3. Agnes & George

    Mar 11

    We love your show, anxious to try these.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 13

      Thanks so much for tuning in you guys!

  4. Chris

    Jan 05

    Could I use this batter in a waffle iron for waffles instead of pancakes?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 07

      I do not see why not Chris 🙂

  5. Mary farrell

    Dec 18

    My family loved these pancakes! We had a pre-Christmas breakfast since we will be traveling on Christmas. It was a special breakfast!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 08

      Yay, so glad you and your family liked them Mary!

  6. Steve Ferris!

    Oct 16

    Why on Earth don’t you call these Pati Cakes?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 26

      Hahaha, you made me laugh!

  7. Kimberly Drake

    Sep 15

    Hi Pati! I’m going to make these for my family this weekend! Thanks for being such an amazing person and beautiful inspiration in my life 🥰💕🙏🏼 Continued blessings to you and your family.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 23

      So sweet, thanks so much Kimberly!

  8. Maria Villarreal

    May 04

    Pati they look so good l am going to make them tomorrow morning

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 15

      Gracias Maria, how did you like them?

  9. L B

    May 01

    Love your recipe. Would gluten free or almond flour work? How about substituting apple sauce for eggs?
    Enjoy your show on KLRN

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 13

      I think both would work, let me know how they come out if you make them 😉

  10. Steve McLaughlin

    Jan 30

    Made these this AM delicious! Made a blueberry topping with no sweetener seem like it was a great contrast to the sweet pancakes.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 08

      Happy you liked this recipe Steve!

  11. Manuela Rostro

    Nov 20

    Es mi receta favorita ma fascinan los pancakes gracias 😘😋👍

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 28

      Que bueno que te gustaron Manuela 🙂

  12. Ratna Cook

    Jul 07

    thats a lot the Dulce de Leche Patty, I think is too sweet for me.
    I love your cooking though using fresh ingredients from watching create programs on TV , I tried few of your recipe and change it here and there.
    thanks for sharing it.
    wish can be your guest some day and show you my Indonesian dish so we can cook together on the show.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 08

      Thanks for the kind words Ratna, glad you are tuning in and having fun 😉

  13. Adriana

    Oct 02

    Amazing Pati! I want to be Mexican because of you. I will make these pancakes tomorrow morning for my roommates. Can you use Nutella instead of Dulce the Leche!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      Haha Adriana, yes, you can use Nutella, yum, they just won’t be dulce de leche pancakes anymore 🙂

  14. Tricia Kellogg

    Jul 26

    I made these today and they were fantastic and no syrup needed. I had Granny Smith apples so I cooked them down, made a crumble and that’s what we had on top. I think next time I’ll separate the eggs and whip up the whites and fold them in as I found this to be a dense, albeit, delicious batter. Love the lime and zest in these, they really shine. Thx

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 28

      Good suggestion Tricia, glad you enjoyed this recipe 😉

  15. Thomas Lowe

    Jul 23

    I saw Pati make this on NPR they looked great
    I want some now

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 26

      Haha! Thanks Thomas 😉

  16. Gregory H

    May 26

    Made these and they were absolutely delicious! I definitely recommend!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 28

      Thank you so much Gregory, so glad you liked these pancakes 😉

  17. Marijana

    May 23

    Pati thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful recipes. Your show is such a pleasure to watch, the recipes are so much fun to make and most certainly a huge pleasure to eat.
    I made the recipe for these delicious pancakes and due to having unexpected visitors come over I used my leftover batter and baked it into a cake and it was so delicious and fluffy, next time I’ll add a mashed banana For the ultimate banana bread.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 23

      What a wonderful idea Marijana, thanks for sharing 😉

  18. Roger Mullins

    Feb 04

    Do you know the calories per serving for this wonderful dish?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 04

      I don’t know for sure, maybe way too many….but you will not regret eating these pancakes!

  19. Sabino maldonado

    Dec 26

    Hola Pati Como esta espero que super bien. Le escrivo para darle Las gracias por sus recetas. Me anime a hacer los pancakes de Dulce de Leche. Y a mis hijas Les escanto. Por casualidad trendra otra recetas pero de pancakes con bananas. Saludos desde Ottumwa Iowa. USA
    Estoy aprendiendo a cosinar por sus videos

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 21

      Uy mil gracias, Sabino! No tengo una receta para pancakes con bananas…

  20. Kathy

    Dec 21

    Fantastic pancakes Pati! They are very flavorful and no need for maple syrup. Thank you for the yummy recipe 🙂

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      Thank YOU for giving them a try, Kathy.

  21. Pauline

    Oct 11

    My 4year old watched you make these last night.. at 3am!!! (Couldn’t sleep) He woke up this morning after finally falling to sleep screaming for these.. haha his dad made regular pannycakes (as he calls them). And nope not what Pati makes. He is now addicted to your show as I am too. We will be making these Sunday for sure 4 year old persistent and many more of your recipes. Thank you!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 11

      Awww!! I’m sorry he couldn’t sleep…but I love this. I hope he loves the pancakes and give him a big hello from me.

  22. Olga Ramirez

    May 12

    Would this batter work for making waffles?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 03

      No it won’t work for waffles…but it makes great pancakes, Olga 😀.

  23. Amber

    May 10

    Hi Pati what was the place in Tijuana that had really good hot dogs I forgot the name. Plus these pancakes look good thanks.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 23

      Oh that was at Humo at the Telefonica Gastro Park. And I hope you give the pancakes a try, Amber!

  24. Bianca

    Apr 14

    Hi Pati!

    Just saw the Dulce de Leche pancake recipe and I would love to make them!! Yum!
    However, I don’t believe I can find the Coronado dulce de leche in my neck of the woods… can I substitute with something else??? Thank you!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 14

      You can use any Dulce de Leche you find in your local market’s International food aisle. Enjoy the pancakes, Bianca!

  25. Joe Herrera

    Apr 04

    I just saw your show with the pancakes. Im making them this weekend for my wife and I. Love the Guadeloupe Valley tambien.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 12

      Hope you and your wife love them, Joe!

  26. Elena

    Mar 18

    Hi Pati! I love your recipes! This looks delicious! I’m having trouble finding a bottle of Coronado’s topping that looks like the one you used in your video. They all look slightly different. Do you happen to have a link to where you purchase it?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 21

      Enjoy the pancakes!

    2. Anonymous

      May 18

      Coronado® Dulce de Leche Caramel can also be found in the ice cream aisle in many stores

      1. Pati Jinich

        May 20

        Awesome! Thank you for sharing.

        1. Erin

          Jul 20

          We loved the lime element in these! But also found the batter to be very thick so we added some coconut milk to thin it out and they were delicious.

  27. Lilliana S.

    Feb 03

    Hola Pati,
    My husband and I LOVE your show and enjoy your travels through Mexico that we never knew about. Thank for educating us
    I came across this receipe this morning while looking for a flank steak receipe. I realized I had all the ingredients, especially ricotta love ricotta so I made it. OMG. Mmmm DELICIOUS!!!! We ate two each which we never do. This will be my go to for pancakes. Gracias
    Wish you continue success with your show and many blessings.

    1. Pati

      Feb 06

      Oh I’m so glad you found the recipe, Lilliana…and loved it!

  28. Genie

    Jan 26

    La Cocina de Dona Esthela looks like a wonderful place. And I can’t wait to try your recipe for the pancakes. They look delicious!

    1. Pati

      Jan 28

      Oh I had so much fun there! Enjoy the pancakes, Genie.

  29. Jasmine

    Jan 24

    Hola Pati! What do you think about making this with whole wheat flour ? Any changes you would make?

    1. Pati

      Feb 14

      Go for it, Jasmine. You can make them the same way with whole wheat flour.

  30. Alma

    Jan 13

    Hi, Pati I love your show
    I tried to make you dulcet de leche caramel ricotta pancakes but the batter came out thick. How can I make the batter thinner? Thank you

    1. Pati

      Jan 21

      It is a thick batter, but you can add some milk to thin it out, Alma. Enjoy!

  31. Carlos Ayala

    Jan 11

    This is perhaps one of my new favorite sweet dishes in this show so far! I’ve always loved pancakes since I was a wee child, but my mom always made them out of a box. When it comes to my grandmother, however, she was the first to make them for me from scratch whenever we’d visit her down in San Salvador. And lo and behold, now being older, she told me her recipe and I’ve started making homemade pancakes myself, but experimenting a bit (By the way, you’re right about the baking soda! I tried that with the baking powder last time I made pancakes even before seeing this episode, and no wonder they had a better result!). But now, I think I’ll try making these for her and see what she thinks; I hope she loves them!

    1. Pati

      Jan 14

      Oh I hope she loves them too, Carlos! Say hi to her for me.

  32. Diana

    Jan 05

    We Love your show Pati, and are always excited to see where you go next especially since my family is from Mexico and we get to see when you visit where my family is from. Sometimes I take a picture and send it to my mom and tell her, “Pati’s in your town (Michoacán)!” 😄. My husband and kids have never been to Mexico so I share my experiences, past times, and how much I miss it and our family there.
    We love your food and have recreated many of them. We enjoy just watching and listening to your stories also and when you add your children and family along your journey and cooking.
    My husband is the main cook in our home and his favorite is Mexican food and always looks forward in making authentic Mexican food with my Mom.
    My mom has a Mexican accent when she speaks English so it reminds my husband (who’s 0% Latino) and how he loveingly teases her. Accents rock and since our kids spoke mainly Spanish when they were really little they also had an accent.
    Thank you Pati,
    Con mucho amor

    1. Pati

      Jan 07

      Oh thank YOU Diana! 💕

  33. Sylvia

    Jan 02

    We love your show, Pati. I made some of your recipes. They are so good & easy to make. Thank you Have a Happy New Year🥳🎉

    1. Pati

      Jan 03

      Thank you so much Sylvia! I hope you have a very Happy new Year too.

  34. Nancy Lee Garrett

    Nov 28

    I watch your show on mpt 22-2 outside of Annapolis, Md. I love you, your famly, as well your show. Your warmth and love of what you do shines through. Not to mention the wonderful recipes and beatiful experiences traveling in your magnificent country. I can’t wait to try so many of your dishes on my family and friends. Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge.

    1. Pati

      Nov 28

      Thank YOU for tuning in, Nancy. I hope you love all the recipes…and continue to love the show.

  35. Marie lourdes michel

    Oct 14

    Very good recipe thanks

    1. Pati

      Oct 14

      Thank YOU Marie Lourdes.

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