Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate

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

A simple recipe for homemade hot chocolate with some delicious Mexican spices added in.


  • 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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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Leave a Comment:


  1. Blog is the New Black — December 20, 2012 @ 5:25 am (#)

    Gimme some hot chocolate! ;)

  2. Kathryn — December 20, 2012 @ 6:58 am (#)

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

  3. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — December 20, 2012 @ 8:05 am (#)

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

  4. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 20, 2012 @ 8:38 am (#)

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

  5. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 20, 2012 @ 8:39 am (#)

    Absolutely fabulous!

  6. little kitchie — December 20, 2012 @ 9:44 am (#)

    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!)

  7. Margherita — December 20, 2012 @ 12:23 pm (#)

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

  8. Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — December 20, 2012 @ 1:07 pm (#)

    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 :).

  9. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — December 20, 2012 @ 3:54 pm (#)

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

  10. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 20, 2012 @ 9:37 pm (#)

    Love this hot chocolate, the spice is perfect!

  11. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 24, 2012 @ 5:41 pm (#)

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

  12. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 26, 2012 @ 10:44 am (#)

    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. :)

  13. Mariah — October 10, 2013 @ 9:39 am (#)

    Hello…this is delicious!

  14. Chatte Parfaitt — December 6, 2013 @ 12:03 pm (#)

    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.

  15. Gina Marie — January 3, 2014 @ 3:59 pm (#)

    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

  16. Cheri — January 16, 2014 @ 8:16 am (#)

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

  17. Rachel — March 3, 2014 @ 2:37 pm (#)

    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!

  18. Susan — March 7, 2014 @ 4:59 pm (#)

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


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