Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate

December 20, 2012 by Ali

Mmmm…want some?

I was craving some thick Mexican hot chocolate, but it was cold and late and I had about zero interest in bundling up to go to the grocery store to pick up some authentic Mexican chocolate. So instead, I did the next best thing — rounded up some cinnamon, chipotle powder, cayenne and a pinch of nutmeg, and added the spices to a simple homemade hot chocolate recipe.

With minutes, the mixture was simmering on the stove and smelled absolutely amazing. I decided to go decadent and top mine with some homemade whipped cream drizzled with chocolate syrup, and then had to force myself to stop and take some pictures. This turned out to be unbelievably delicious. The spices were subtle but gave just the extra spicy hot chocolate kick I was craving. And the warm, thick chocolate topped with the cool sweet whipped cream was the perfect comfort food on a chilly night.

Craving = Satisfied.

What are some of your favorite ways to prepare homemade hot chocolate?

Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 5 cups


  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder (or the cocoa powder of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch (optional thickener)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. chipotle powder or chili powder
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of cayenne
  • optional toppings: whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate syrup, and/or chocolate shavings


Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until simmering, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and serve with optional toppings.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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38 thoughts on “Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate

  1. Looks great but I wouldn’t use chipolte as it is a smokey flavor. Cayenne is just fine.

    - Susan

  2. Hi! My boyfriend found this recipe on Pinterest and I was a little bit freaked out by the spices, but he convinced me to try it. It’s delicious. Thank you so much!

    - Rachel

  3. You know how the original recipe calls for 1/4 tsp of chilli powder?
    I quartered the recipe and dumped in a good teaspoon.

    - Cheri

  4. This was yummy. Thank you. I was bad though, I added a tablespoon of Nutella to the recipe and topped it off with whipped cream and caramel. Perfect for our NJ snow day. Thanks again

    - Gina Marie

  5. That looks absolutely decadent, I have to try some today. I’m looking for homemade foodstuffs I can use as Christmas gifts, as this year the cranberries have been so bad, I can’t do cranberry sauce.

    A friend recommended this, and I’m glad she did. Thank you.

    - Chatte Parfaitt

  6. Hello…this is delicious!

    - Mariah

  7. Oh Ali. You and your ridiculously awesome drinks. What can I say? Simply amazing! I hope your enjoying something similarly fantastic over here in Europe. :)

    - Erin @ Texanerin Baking

  8. Oh my goodness – I could seriously have this all year long!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  9. Love this hot chocolate, the spice is perfect!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  10. This is my absolute favorite type of hot cocoa!! Love the heat!!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  11. I’ve never had Mexican Hot Chocolate even though I’ve heard how easy it is to make. Fail. I really need to try this soon :).

    - Mandie @ Oh So Decadent

  12. Fantastic! I’m so gonna make this during the holidays when we’ll get back from a ski day

    - Margherita

  13. i love mexican hot chocolate because the cinnamon makes it even MORE warm and comforting! another favorite way to have hot chocolate is to stir in toffee bits! (or use a toffee stirrer – just discovered those from williams-sonoma!)

    - little kitchie

  14. Absolutely fabulous!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  15. I just practically passed out when I opened this up!!!!!

    - Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

  16. Ooooooh my goodness. I want my face in this right now.

    - Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

  17. This sounds spicy and rich and wonderful and the pictures are amazing Ali!

    - Kathryn

  18. Gimme some hot chocolate! ;)

    - Blog is the New Black