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17 December 2018

This Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe is made with cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla and a mix of chili powders for just a touch of warmth. It has just the right amount of chocolate and spice.

If you’re stuck in the colder weather, my friends, get your pots warmed up because we’re about to warm those bones with a big cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Mexican Hot Chocolate, did you say? I absolutely did!

Growing up, I always enjoyed a warm cup of hot chocolate. Even as I got older, I stuck with hot chocolate as everyone else gravitated to coffee. I just prefer the flavor of chocolate.

Fast forward, and here I am still enjoying a cup every now and then, only my taste buds have evolved to prefer a hot chocolate with a bit of spiciness to it. Not CRAZY spicy, no, not at all. This Mexican hot chocolate has just the right amount of spiciness that you’re going to love.

It offers a subtle, blooming warmth that will do the trick to warm those bones once the winter chill has set upon them, which is NOT FUN!

Mexican Hot Chocolate in a cup, ready to serve, with whipped cream

Let’s get to making our Mexican Hot Chocolate, then, shall we?

Ingredients You’ll Need for this Mexican Hot Chocolate

My list of ingredients for Mexican hot chocolate includes milk (2% is good, or use whole milk for a richer hot chocolate), sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, chili powder, cayenne powder, a bit of salt, and unsweetened chocolate.

For the chili powder, I prefer pure ancho powder. Most chili powders pair perfectly with chocolate, but there is something about ancho that really stands out. It’s one of my very favorite chili powders, but use your own preferred blend.

For toppings, the sky is the limit! However, I like to use whipped cream, cocoa powder, and chocolate shavings, and serve them with cinnamon sticks that you can use for stirring. If desired!

Mexican Hot Chocolate in a cup, ready to serve

How to Make Mexican Hot Chocolate – the Recipe Method

First, add the milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla, chili powders and salt to a pot.

Mexican Hot Chocolate - ingredients are ready to mix in the pan

Bring it to medium heat and add the chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate if melted fully and incorporated through, about 5 minutes.

The chocolate should be hot, but not boiling.

Mexican Hot Chocolate - Mixed in a pan

Serve into mugs and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, along with cinnamon sticks.

Pouring a cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate

Makes 4 small cups, or 2 large ones. Serve accordingly!

It’s SO GOOD. Almost like these Mexican Brownies in a mug.

Recipe Notes and Variations

Try chocolate syrup with this recipe. It works quite nicely. Add more sugar as desired for sweetness, and more cayenne powder to your preferred heat level, for those who like it spicy.

Don’t be afraid to try this out with ghost chili powder or a spicy chili powder blend, my crazy chilihead friends. If you can handle the heat, you’ll love your extra hot Mexican hot chocolate.

Try this recipe as well, with a touch of alcohol for a cocktail version – Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate. Extra warming!

That’s it, my friends! I hope you enjoy it.

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Grabbing a cup of this Mexican Hot Chocolate

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS.Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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Mexican Hot Chocolate – Recipe

This Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe is made with cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla and a mix of chili powders for just a touch of warmth. It has just the right amount of chocolate and spice.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: chocolate, recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 225kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups milk 2% is good, or use whole milk for a richer hot chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder ancho powder is my preferred ingredient
  • Pinch of cayenne powder or more as desired
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate

Instructions

  • Add the milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla, chili powders and salt to a pot.
  • Bring it to medium heat and add the chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate if melted fully and incorporated through, about 5 minutes. The chocolate should be hot, but not boiling.
  • Serve into mugs and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, along with cinnamon sticks.

Notes

Makes 4 small cups.
Variations: Try chocolate syrup with this recipe. It works quite nicely. Add more sugar as desired for sweetness, and more cayenne powder to your preferred heat level.

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 397mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Calcium: 224mg | Iron: 2.9mg

8 comments

  1. Made this last night and it was exactly what I had been dreaming about! I had chipotle chili powder and the heat was a bit dominant. I will use ancho next time.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Great, Karen! Glad to help you fulfill your dreams! =) =) Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Edie Campbell

    5 stars
    This sounds wonderful. I purchase the Mexican Chocolate flavored Coffee Beans at Central Market. I brew that for my leisure drinking coffee mornings at least once a week. The hot chocolate would be nice on a cold winter night with an added splash of Kahlua occasionally. Love your Chili Blog.

  3. Colin Brodie

    4 stars
    This looks like a great method for making a lovely hot chocolate.

    Like you Michael, I LOVE hot choc, but I use a really cheap instant hot chocolate powder, and just add a few twists of my black pepper and chilli flake grinder to stir in.

    I’ll have a go at making this over Christmas!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      5 stars
      That sounds great, Colin. I’m sure yours is quite awesome. Enjoy.






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