No Bake Chocolate Pie

No Bake Chocolate Pie

Pay de Chocolate
8 to 10 slices
Pati Jinich
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Chocolate, no bake pie, pati's mexican table, Pie, ricotta
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
No Bake Chocolate Pie recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 12 “Alan Goes to College”


  • 7 ounces chocolate wafer cookies
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Pinch kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

To Prepare

  • In a food processor, (or mashing inside a plastic bag with a rolling pin or mug) pulse the chocolate wafers until finely ground, transfer to a mixing bowl.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter, then pour it over the ground wafers. Add a pinch of salt and mix with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Turn the mixture into to a 9-inch glass pie or baking dish. Press with your hands or a mug, to create a crust that covers the bottom and goes up the sides of the dish. Refrigerate for 20 minutes, or pop it in the freezer for 5 minutes, to form a firm crust.
  • Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, pulse the ricotta for a few seconds until fluffed up. Add the melted chocolate and puree for about 45 seconds more, until creamy and thoroughly mixed.
  • Using a whisk or fork, whip 1/4 cup of whipping cream in a large bowl until it thickens. Add the ricotta chocolate mixture to the whipped cream, stir it well to combine.
  • Remove the crust from refrigerator and spread the filling inside. Place it back in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving.

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  1. What can I say? It has been a weekend of Pati recipes for me! I made this pie, and it is divine! This will be a go-to simple recipe to wow guests! Putting the ricotta and chocolate in the food processor makes it so smooth and creamy. I’m fixing to eat another piece right now. I will dream about this pie!

  2. I love watching your show on TV. I like your recipe for thanksgiving turkey. Can i have it please?

  3. This is an excellent dessert! !!! My entire family loves it. I’m celiac and it is so easy to prepare with gluten free chocolate cookies! Thank you so much, you are a real inspiration.

    1. Uy Dawn Marie! Ricotta is a big part of this pie, but what about cream cheese? It might work out as well; let me know how it comes out if you try!

  4. This is such an easy and quick recipe. Muy delicisio tambien. I made with chocolate chips not processed with nuts since my daughter has nut allergies. She does not to get to eat chocolate too often because of how some chocolate is processed. She loved this! Thank you so much for sharing and I love watching your show. I wish you as much happiness as you have brought us with your sharing your family time and recipes. Thank you!

  5. I just made this for guests and it was a BIG HIT! I used a store-bought chocolate crust (Mi-Del gluten free), ricotta cheese from Trader Joe’s (which I thawed after freezing for a few weeks, not grainy at all), and added my favorite topping (per : half a cup heavy whipping cream, half a cup sour cream, 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar, all whipped together to stiff). Hot weather here, so this was very refreshing and the no-bake part was an extra bonus. Many thanks for such a great recipe!

  6. Pati, I have been watching your show since I first discovered it years ago and have made several of your recipes. This chocolate cream pie is absolutely over the top. My daughter Ruth, requests it for her birthday every year, and it has become a holiday favorite as well. It’s so rich and chocolaty and not a drop off sugar. Amazing Pati! Thank you!

  7. I just made this and it really is DELICIOUS! I record your show and although I’ve never been to Mexico, I feel like I’ve already been with you! It is now on the travel list and hope one day I can stand on the kissing steps and go get a Morelian fruit gazpacho from Michoacán. I’m a little nervous, but trying my hand at tamales next. Look forward to many more recipes! 🙂

  8. I don’t understand people that say they tried the recipe but hanged this, added that. Then they really aren’t trying your recipe.

  9. This is the second time I make this pie and my husband and family go crazy for it 💕💕thank you so much for the recipe love it 🌸💕💕❤️❤️❤️❤️

  10. I am an excellent cook but I haVE NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED. After getting the whipping cream thick the ricotta and melted chocolate was so thick I couldn’t even stir it. I ended up dumping it all out and will try it again.

  11. Hi Pati,
    I just made this No bake chocolate pie as a test run for a dinner party. I used cream cheese and substituted 2 oz. of the semi-sweet chips for bitter sweet to cut the extra sweetness. I also added a thin layer of fudge at the bottom. I had a couple of friends try it for me, and they ate the pie instead of their dinner.Thanks!

  12. I happened to see Pati this morning on OETA, PBS from Oklahoma City, available at my house in the SE corner of Oklahoma via Pine TV Cable. I love the recipes that she showed us how to make and intend to make “Smashed Potatoes” immediately! I’m afraid that I don’t remember the ingredients for the other recipes so I would appreciate your printing everything here! Thanks so much for a GREAT program!
    (I formerly lived on the Texas coast and love Tex-Mex and seafood. YUM!)

  13. Loved it and I am making it for my nephews house warming.we have a large amount of chocolate lovers in our family! Love you Patti ! You are awesome I try to never miss your show even if I saw it already#

    1. Aww thank you so much Nancy! I hope your nephew has a great house warming and that his kitchen is full of love and Mexican meals.

  14. This pie was DELICIOUS!! I couldn’t find the wafers, so I used chocolate sandwich cookies instead. And those made a really yummy crust as well. I’m definitely making this again sometime.

  15. I’m getting all the ingrediants together… could not find the great looking chocolate wafers you used Ms. Pati, so I substituted mini chocolate bear grams….I hope it works. I had to send my husband out for more Chocolate… it disappeared…lol
    Have a Blessed day!

  16. I was looking online and wow ricotta cheese is high calorie… And they were suggesting cottage cheese as a substitute and just whip it in the blender to get it smooth and creamy… What do you think ? because it was a lot less calories but different texture and A lot less fat! only 10% of the fat!

  17. Do You know the calorie count on all your dishes? And is there anyway to make this a little calories for my husband was on a perpetual diet but loves chocolate. I appreciate it If you can recommend some substitutions, if it’s possible . thanks! I love yur show & the food is so yummy! I love the loaded baked potato and the creame and the chipotle pepper awesome sauce And then you made it even better with bacon and cheese!! Yum! Yum Yum!

  18. Pati, I put my ricotta in the blender before I added the chocolate, and it made it very creamy. If someone could not find a creamier ricotta, try the blender on high instead of a mixer or a food processor. My pie turned out fluffy and creamy.

  19. Pati, since I don’t want a food processor, can I beat the ricotta with my electric mixer??? Will the results he smiliar?

  20. Hi Pati, I baked Nana Jose’s Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cake last week and the entire family absolutely loved it! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe with us! Now I would like to make your No Bake Chocolate Pie and would really like to view the video on it before that but unfortunately, it’s not in your videos 🙁 Do you think you can include it in?

      1. Thanks for your reply, Pati. I’m a cheapskate, so I’ll wait for it on YouTube and hopefully it won’t be long 😉 Have a great weekend ahead, Pati.
        Cheers from Down Under!

  21. Hi Patti, I am going to make this, but would like to avoid the graininess issue that some have reported having with the ricotta cheese. Could you tell me the brand name you use, or did you use a full fat ricotta versus a part skim ? Could a person use marscaponni cheese? Sorry for all the question!

    1. I don’t have a specific brand to recommend…look for the smoothest one that your store carries. Or you can substitute the ricotta for cream cheese…it will have a slightly sweeter taste.

  22. The episode with your son was adorable. I made this pie for a summer bbq and it was such a big hit! Topped it with fresh sliced strawberries. I used Goya brand chocolate cookie wafers (3.5oz pkg), and added a little extra kosher salt for a twist. SO Deelish! I will certainly make it again.

    1. You can usually find them at your grocery store, you can use any kind of plain chocolate cookies you find like chocolate graham crackers.

  23. Love anything made with ricotta, however I don’t have a food processor. Would a mixer with the whisk attachment work? Love you, your family, and your show.

  24. watch pati’s 508 show this morn, loved her style. I will be making the lima soup soon. thank you for keeping the recipe easy to understand and just as you made it on the show. Georgeann

  25. I loved the show with you and your college bound son. Also, I made the no-bake chocolate pie and it was a big hit. I will definitely make it again. Can this pie be frozen?

  26. Pati, I so enjoy your show and could really relate to the one with your college bound son! Our daughter is still at home completing pre-reqs at a community college before transferring. The meal you did was perfect for quality while being quick and with few ingredients. The pie recipe is a keeper! Thank you for all the great information from your show, and it appears your son has had a wonderful foundation to back him as he makes his way in this world.Best wishes from Spokane, WA.

  27. I couldn’t find the chocolate wafers in the 3 grocery stores I visited, so I substituted them for chocolate graham crackers and it looks the same. The filling is delicious and plenty sweet. A very easy and delicious recipe.

  28. Pati,
    It is such an easy, great tasting pie to make. I will most definitely make it again. Everybody loved it.
    Thanks and love the show!

  29. Pati, I tried this recipe, but the end product was grainy-not creamy. I beat it again. I even added more cream. I know ricotta cheese isn’t perfectly smooth, but the texture was not pleasant. Did I do something wrong ??
    Thank you.

    1. Hola Peggy…I’m so sorry you didn’t like the texture. The texture depends on which ricotta you use…each brand has a different consistency.

  30. I saw the show when you were showing your son how to cook some of his favorites before he went off to college. We have three adults sons now, so I know how bittersweet are those times. The chocolate pie looks wonderful. Wouldn’t it need a little bit of sugar for the filling? It seems like it would be a little bitter with just chocolate chips, ricotta cheese and cream. Thank you.

  31. I tried this, followed the directions to a T, and It looked nothing like the picture. The chocolate and ricotta did not mix well at all. Ricotta is crumbly, how did you get this smooth?

    1. This may be because of ricotta cheese you used…different brands have variations in consistency. You can try doubling up the heavy cream, and that should do it!​