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One cozy cup of this Mexican hot chocolate, and you’ll be hooked by 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.

Two mugs filled with Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe and topped with whipped cream.


We Love Mexican Hot Chocolate!

This recipe is similar to a classic Champurrado (Mexican hot chocolate), but unlike Hot Cocoa, the taste comes from a blend of spices.

Here’s why we love it:

  • Delicious. The overall result is a spiced, thick, and creamy chocolate drink.
  • Quick. With a quick prep time, it’s ready to enjoy in only 30 minutes!
  • Perfect for dipping. Try dipping Mexican Wedding Cookies or Shortbread Cookies!

To be even more authentic use a molinillo, a traditional wooden whisk used to whip hot chocolate and make it deliciously frothy.

Cocoa powder, flour, and sugar mixed in a grey bowl.

Ingredients

  • sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • cocoa powder Use unsweetened natural or Dutch-processed cocoa powder which is also called baking cocoa. Do not use a hot chocolate mix or chocolate milk mix.
  • cold water
  • salt
  • spices cinnamon + cloves – This is what adds so much flavor!
  • milk Use whole milk for the creamiest texture. Lower fat milks work but don’t make it as creamy. Half and half is another good substitute.
  • vanilla extract
  • whipped cream & nutmeg (or cinnamon) For a garnish.

How to Make Mexican Hot Chocolate

  1. COOK. 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.
  2. GARNISH. If desired, top with Whipped Cream and nutmeg, or some marshmallows. Sprinkle on some extra spices, and throw a cinnamon stick in there for good measure.

Recipe Tips

This recipe for Mexican chocolate is simply spiced.

  • Scalding means heating the mixture until it’s just about to hit boiling point. Once it’s there, remove it from the heat and add the vanilla.
  • Thickening. Mexican hot chocolate is thicker than American hot chocolate. Flour, cornstarch, or masa harina is often used to create a thick and creamy texture.
  • STORE. Once cooled, pour into a glass jar, cover and place in the fridge for up to a week.
Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe in a white mug with a cinnamon stick.

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5 from 25 votes

Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
One cozy cup of this Mexican hot chocolate, and you'll be hooked by its yummy spices and delicious cinnamon cocoa flavor!
Servings: 6
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • 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.

Video

Notes

STORE. Once cooled, pour into a glass jar, cover and place in the fridge for up to a week.

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 206mg, Potassium: 376mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 395IU, Calcium: 287mg, Iron: 0.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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28 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    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!

  2. 5 stars
    this hot chocolate is one of the best homemade drinks and all my friends absolutely loved it! thank you for sharing this amazing recipe