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Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate

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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?

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Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x


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


  1. 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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87 comments on “Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate”

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

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

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

  4. 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!)

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

  6. 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 :).

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

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

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

  10. 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. :)

  11. Hello…this is delicious!

  12. 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.

  13. 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

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

  15. 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!

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

  17. Sipping on mine right now! Delicious!!!

  18. Made this for myself, and while it is very delicious I wish the recipe was for a smaller portion. I’m only one person, and you lose some of the flavor in the process of chilling and microwaving leftover hot cocoa.

  19. This hot chocolate is amazing! I made it last night and my guests raved about it, and asked for the recipe. The spicy sweet notes are so unique and satisfying. This will definitely be a new favorite for cold, wintry evenings! Thanks!

  20. I was wondering what the best milk to use for the recipe is?

    • We think 2% or whole milk, but it really just depends on how thick and rich you want it to be. We hope you enjoy! :)

  21. Super delicious!