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Mexican Hot Chocolate, and yes with a Chili (VIDEO)

Mexican Hot Chocolate, and yes with Chili!

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cup with a hot chocolate

Let's learn with me and my dear friend who is originally from Mexico on how to make this rich, warming, traditional Mexican hot chocolate. This authentic Mexican hot chocolate recipe combines bricks of dark chocolate, brown cane sugar, and Mexican cinnamon sticks for winter’s go to beverage.

holding brick of chocolate

Whether you’re looking for a way to warm up after a long day on the couch or just want something new to snuggle up with on cool days and evenings, this easy Mexican hot chocolate is the way to go. It's sweater season. With just four ingredients and five minutes of active time, you can have a beverage worthy of any winter scenario! This hot chocolate is the perfect drink during the month of Christmas too! Santa is coming soon so curl up with this luscious drink while you anticipate the upcoming celebrations.

cup of hot chocolate


  • Prefect for kids when adding very little chili, but please, don't cut off entirely.

  • For an adult version, I like go further and spike it by adding a splash of Kahlua or peppermint schnapps for a rich, decadent, and boozy cocktail.

  • Easy to make and please a crowd, you can even place it in a crockpot!

  • Can make a vegan version buy using a nut milk.

  • Control your sugar quality & quantity!

  • It's creamy and delicious! The rich flavor of the spice, a little kick from the chili and the deep flavor of dark chocolate blends beautifully!

  • It can be made dairy-free and sugar-free!

  • It has tons of health benefits!

  • Doesn't contain any harmful white sugar or corn syrup.

  • Contains the super-food ingredients chili and cinnamon, and let's not forget about the chocolate. Good quality chocolate is an antioxidant powerhouse!

  • It can suit anyone from toddlers to adults.

  • When using homemade nut milk, you bring this drink to another level!

If you consider yourself a true chocolate lover, please check out my other recipe on hot chocolate here. It's a gloriously velvety rich steaming chocolate beverage! It is bittersweet and so thick, with a hint of healthy superfood add-ins.

cups with hot chocolates and dried oranges

American hot chocolate vs Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican hot chocolate is very much like European hot chocolate, I'm sure some of you have been overseas and know what I'm talking about.

Most of my American friends including my husband grew up on packets of store-bought hot chocolate mix in which hot water and powder are mixed together resulting in a brown super sweet watery drink. Mexican hot chocolate is rich and creamy. In order to experience this decadent treat, you have to step outside of the cardboard box containing prepackaged hot chocolate packets with freeze-dried marshmallows and try this recipe!

What can you do with leftover hot chocolate?

During the cold season I make hot chocolate often. Believe it or not, sometimes I end up with leftovers. Since I don't like to waste food, I pour the leftovers into my all-time favorite popsicle molds and place them in the freezer: Frozen hot chocolate pops are delicious, fun to eat and my boys love them!

Let's make fun in the kitchen and do encourage your children to be a part of the process...

Prep time: 5 minutes

Making time: 10 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

ingredients for the hot chocolate


1 (100gram) brick of Mexican chocolate (any good dark unsweetened chocolate)

1 stick of Mexican cinnamon (any will work)

1/4 cup of cane brown sugar

2 cups of regular milk or milk of your choice

1 small whole dried chili pepper or a pinch of powder

Pinch of salt (optional)


  • Place a small sauce pan on low to medium heat.

  • Pour in the milk and the rest of the ingredients. Using your hand whisk, stir together letting everything melt and become one glorious smooth mixture.

  • Simmer hot chocolate for a minute or so and you are done.

  • Fish out the cinnamon and chili pepper.

  • Pour your hot chocolate into mugs and enjoy!

hot chocolate in a cup

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