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Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe (10-Minute Guide)

DINING | Published on 24/04/2023
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Today, we're taking a break to explore the rich, flavorful world of Mexican hot chocolate. So, grab your favorite mug, and let's dive into the fascinating history and preparation of this delightful treat.

What is Mexican hot chocolate? 

Mexican hot chocolate's story begins with the ancient Mesoamerican civilizations, where cacao was highly valued and used in various ceremonies.

The Aztecs and Mayans consumed a bitter, frothy drink called "xocoatl," made from ground cacao beans, water, and spices. It wasn't until the arrival of the Europeans that sugar and milk were added, transforming it into the sweet and creamy beverage we know today.

Mexican hot chocolate evolved, and so did its cultural significance, becoming a cherished staple on festive occasions and a symbol of warmth and togetherness.

During the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), it is offered as a comforting treat to honor deceased loved ones - Also, Throughout the Christmas season, which includes Las Posadas, Nochebuena, and Día de Reyes; The rich, spiced beverage is enjoyed among friends and family as they gather to celebrate.

The warmth and depth of Mexican hot chocolate make it the perfect accompaniment to these meaningful events, fostering a sense of togetherness and tradition. With its unique blend of chocolate, cinnamon, and other delightful ingredients, this unique beverage offers a symphony of flavors.

To add a twist to your Mexican hot chocolate, consider incorporating popular additional ingredients such as cinnamon, piloncillo, bonbons, chocolate chips, or vanilla. These elements contribute to the drink's complexity and enhance its comforting warmth.

Now, let's dive into one of the easiest Mexican hot chocolate recipes, in 10-minutes you'll sip Mexican heaven:


  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 8 ounces Mexican chocolate (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, heavy cream, cinnamon stick, sugar, and salt. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the milk is steaming but not boiling.
  2. Add the chopped Mexican chocolate to the saucepan and whisk gently until the chocolate is melted and well incorporated.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Allow the mixture to sit for 1–2 minutes, letting the flavors meld together.
  4. Using a hand mixer or immersion blender, whip the hot chocolate until it becomes frothy and slightly thickened. This step is crucial for achieving the signature texture of Mexican hot chocolate.
  5. Pour the hot chocolate into mugs and serve immediately, garnished with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dollop of whipped cream if desired.

As you savor your comforting cup of Mexican hot chocolate, pair it with delicious treats that complement its rich, spiced flavor. A couple of oatmeal cookies, a warm banana pancake, a gooey brownie, or a slice of sweet bread are excellent choices that will elevate your cozy experience.

In just 10 minutes, you can indulge in this authentic Mexican hot chocolate recipe that warms the soul and tantalizes the taste buds. Now you know how to make Mexican hot chocolate, It's time to share!

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