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.

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Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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

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  16. 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.

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  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! :)

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