One cozy cup of this Mexican Hot Chocolate, and you’ll be hooked with its yummy spices and delicious cinnamon cocoa flavor!
This cup of warm goodness isn’t much different than traditional hot cocoa, with the exception of a little extra spice. Enjoy Mexican Hot Chocolate with some dippable sweets, like Mexican Wedding Cookies or Shortbread Cookies!
Hot Chocolate vS. Mexican Hot Chocolate
This recipe is similar to a classic Champurrado (Mexican Hot Chocolate). Do you know the difference between regular hot cocoa and Mexican Hot Chocolate?
It’s pretty simple. Mexican hot chocolate usually includes a blend of spices. This particular recipe includes cinnamon, cloves, and a pinch of nutmeg.
In other recipes, Mexican Chocolate can even include some chili powder or a pinch of cayenne pepper. It can be thickened with flour or masa harina. The overall result is a spiced, thick, and creamy chocolate drink.
To be even more authentic use a molinillo, a traditional wooden whisk used to whip hot chocolate and make it deliciously frothy. They are beautiful and fun to use.
How to Make Mexican Hot Chocolate
Yes, you can still taste the cocoa in each, but you’ll expect to find more spice in today’s version.
COOK. Combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, water, and spices in a medium pot over the stove. Cook this mixture for 4 minutes on medium heat.
SCALD. Add in the milk and let the mixture scald, but not boil!
Scalding means to heat the mixture until it’s just about to hit boiling point. Once it’s there, remove it from the heat and add the vanilla. Now it’s ready to drink!
GARNISH. Top with Whipped Cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg or chocolate shavings. It makes the perfect spiced hot cocoa.
tips + toppings
Cocoa powder. First, do not use “hot chocolate mix” as it already contains powdered milk and sugar in it. You WILL be using unsweetened cocoa powder, which is the same thing as baking cocoa.
There are two types of cocoa: Dutch-processed and natural unsweetened cocoa. Dutch-processed is darker, a bit redder with a mellow, less bitter flavor than unsweetened cocoa. Either type will work in this hot chocolate recipe.
Toppings. Pour yourself a nice warm mug of this Mexican Hot Chocolate and don’t forget to top it with some Whipped Cream! Sprinkle on some extra spices, and throw a cinnamon stick in there for good measure.
Sit back, relax, and pretend you don’t have a million other things to do. You deserve that cup of Mexican Hot Cocoa.
More Hot Cocoa recipes:
- White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa
- Mint Hot Cocoa
- Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa
- Frozen Hot Chocolate
- Giftable Hot Cocoa
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Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1 1/2 cups cold water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon cloves
- 6 cups milk
- whipped cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a medium pot, combine sugar, flour, cocoa, water, and spices. Cook for 4 minutes over medium heat.
- Add milk and let scald but do not boil.
- Stir in vanilla and remove from heat.
- If desired, top with whipped cream and nutmeg.
Can this be made in a crock pot?
I personally haven’t tried, but I would think it would turn out great 🙂
Im pretty loyal to my peppermint hot chocolate, but the spices in this blend is vying for that top spot!
My favorite new hot cocoa recipe. It has the perfect taste of hot cocoa with all the spices. Not overpowering and even better with a nice dollop of whip cream.
haven’t made hot chocolate in years, what a wonderful reminder of a fun, warming recipe, thank you, love the Mexican tweak too
This Mexican hot chocolate was amazing! Not only was it easy to make, but I loved the spices in it. It was very warming!
I love this exciting spin on hot cocoa! I’m curling up with this in front of the fire.. mmm 🙂
I’ve had mexican hot chocolate with cinnamon, but not with cloves. Sounds like a tasty addition. And of course with whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg it looks seriously amazing!
Oh I love a good cup of Mexican hot chocolate.
Me too!! It’s so good 🙂 Thanks!
Love the addition of cinnamon and cloves! So delicious on a cHilly day!
I love this stuff! Thanks so much!
This is by far my favorite hot chocolate recipe! Full of flavor!
I LOVE HOt Chocolate! what a great combination and the SMELL is AMazing!
Looks pretty easy to make. Can it be made with almond milk?
How much vanilla is needed? Its mentioned in the directIons, but not in the inGredients list.
1 teaspoon 🙂 I added it, thank you for catching that!
This is an easy recipe with delicious variations. THANKS FOR THIS RECIPE 🙂
You are so welcome!! Thank you 🙂
This is an easy recipe with delicious variations. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS LOVELY RECIPE. 🙂
You are so welcome! Yes, lots you can change 🙂 Thank you!
HOW MANY FLUID OUNCES IS IN ONE SERVING
It’s about 1 1/2 cups 🙂 Hope you try it!
Why do you add 2 TB of flour to the hot chocolate recipe?
this hot chocolate is one of the best homemade drinks and all my friends absolutely loved it! thank you for sharing this amazing recipe
So thick and creamy, and the spices are a nice change. Next time I want to try it with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, that’s my favorite!
So delicious, loved the blend of spices. This is the perfect drink to make on a cold day!