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Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican hot chocolate is known for its unique range of spices and deep chocolate flavor.

With a rich and creamy consistency, you must try this amazing version of hot chocolate!

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Connoisseurs of the beverage know that any homemade hot cocoa will put store-bought powder to shame.

Save those packets for emergencies only! Mexican hot chocolate will be your new go-to treat.

Chili Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

This recipe makes a hot chocolate that’s not overly sweet. That way, you can really appreciate each flavor the beverage has to offer, instead of only tasting sugar.

Younger children may be surprised by the heat in the drink. Be sure to warn them before you serve it to them!

I don’t mean temperature, this cocoa is spicy!

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican hot chocolate has the familiar chocolate flavor you know and love, with a few extra spices to add a little kick.

Cinnamon is a spice that’s reminiscent of Christmas. What better seasoning to add to this hallmark of the winter season?

Chili powder might seem a bit out of place at first, but once you taste how it elevates the chocolate flavor, you will see that this powder kicks this cocoa up a few notches!

This recipe has everything you know and love about hot chocolate, plus some extra surprises. 

Enjoy Mexican hot chocolate whenever you need something a little more exciting than your regular cup of cocoa.

After tasting this homemade recipe, you may never opt for the instant powdered version again!

There is so much more flavor and decadence in cocoa that has been prepared from scratch.

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Even though this recipe calls for a few more ingredients, it’s not any more difficult to make than an instant packet. It almost has the same number of steps!

Get your blanket and favorite book ready, you’re only 5 minutes away from a warm and cozy cup of Mexican hot chocolate.


Now that you know how delicious this hot chocolate recipe is, I am sure you are ready to make it! Fortunately, you’ll only need a few ingredients.

Load up your mug, and you’ll be minutes away from sweet and spicy hot chocolate. It’s almost as easy as making the instant powder!

Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: It wouldn’t be hot cocoa without a little bit of cocoa! This powder adds a powerful chocolatey flavor, transforming milk into hot chocolate.

Chocolate Syrup:  Chocolate syrup adds even more chocolate to your drink and brings an added touch of sweetness. This is just like the chocolate milk you used to drink as a child.

Cinnamon:  This delightfully cozy-tasting spice brings a hint of the Christmas season to this hot chocolate recipe. Without being overwhelming, this cinnamon is the perfect complement to the traditional chocolate taste.

Chili Powder: The shocker in this recipe, chili powder is the surprise you didn’t know you needed! This spicy addition takes the drink up a notch, adding a layer of excitement to every sip.

Milk:  The base of the recipe, creamy milk gives the cocoa a satisfying consistency. Warm milk has been soothing insomnia for ages, imagine what adding a little chocolate will do!

Water: The more you add, the more you make! Water helps stretch this decadent drink just a little bit further.

Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon

Tips for the Best Hot Chocolate

Once you have your ingredients, you’re ready to begin! Follow these tips to ensure your cup of cocoa is the absolute best it can be!

If you’d like a creamier texture to your mug, you can always add more milk. Make sure you subtract the added milk quantity from the amount of water you add.

You won’t want watered down cocoa!

Whole milk can also be substituted for the suggested two percent. This only amplifies the creamy texture, adding to the decadence of the beverage.

Powdered ingredients can clump together when being added to a liquid. Add the spices in slowly to keep this from happening.

You won’t want too much chili powder in one bite!

Whichever way you heat the milk, you’ll run the risk of burning it. Nothing will ruin a cup of cocoa quicker than burned milk! 

If heating on the stove, be sure to constantly stir the milk to keep from scalding it on the bottom. 

If you are using a microwave, heat the cocoa in short bursts, stirring in between each one.

Toppings for Mexican Hot Chocolate

What’s the best pair for indulgent hot chocolate? Incredible toppings! Pop a few of these items into your cup of cocoa to take something great and make it phenomenal.

Whipped Cream:  Top your cup with the pinnacle of a decadent dessert, whipped cream! Not only does this add some extra sweetness, but it also provides a great base for additional topping.

Chocolate Shavings: The more, the merrier when chocolate is involved! Increase your cocoa’s chocolatey goodness by adding some chocolate shavings to the top.

Cinnamon:  Bring out the subtle hint of cinnamon with some extra ground cinnamon sprinkled on top. Or, drop in a sophisticated touch with a whole cinnamon stick.

Marshmallows: The iconic topping for any cup of cocoa. Whether you prefer mini marshmallows or standard size, they are pretty much mandatory.

Chocolate Syrup:  Drizzle a little extra of the good stuff right on top to complete your hot chocolate masterpiece. This will add a little sweetness and a lot of chocolate flavor!

Marshmallow Cream: If you can’t decide between whipped cream and marshmallows, get the best of both worlds by adding marshmallow cream. This light and fluffy topping is always delicious!

Peppermint Pieces: Add a festive touch to your delicious drink by topping it with some peppermint pieces. Crushed up peppermint is a flavorful and whimsical touch to an already delectable mixture.

Mexican Hot Chocolate



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  • 3 tablespoons 3 Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon 1 chocolate syrup

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch 1 chili powder

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 3/4 cup boiling water


  • Bring the 3/4 cup of water to a rolling boil.
  • Add in the milk.
  • Transfer the liquids to a mug.
  • Add in the cocoa powder and chocolate syrup.
  • Add in the cinnamon and chili powder.
  • Stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Top with your desired toppings.
  • Enjoy!
Mexican Hot Chocolate

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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