Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate

What’s something that really makes you feel like winter has arrived? Is it the fluffy white snow, or a family tradition? Could it be a sentimental smell, song or favorite comfort food?  For me, it’s the first evening I wrap up in a blanket by the fire and clutch a cup of hot cocoa. Yes indeedy, that combination just warms me to the bone!



Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

Simmered with a cinnamon stick, vanilla extract, and a touch of chili powder, this hot chocolate is amazingly fragrant and delicious with a dollop of whipped cream! Try this tasty spin on the traditional mug ‘o love for yourself!

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

Yield: Serves 3 (1 cup each)


3 cups milk (any kind)

3 Tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cinnamon stick

1/4 tsp. chili powder, optional


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon stick. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring gently.

Remove from heat. If desired, add chili powder to increase spice.

Pour into 3 cups to serve immediately, or set over low heat, stirring occasionally.



When serving this to guests, I also provided bowls of cinnamon sticks and mini marshmallows for each guest to add to their cup.


12 Responses to “Mexican Hot Chocolate”

  1. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — December 14, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    yum! i have a similar version from williams & sonomoa– adding the spices you recommend because it is cold today!

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    SkinnyMommy — December 14, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    I used to live in Mexico and just loved the hot chocolate with a hint of spice–yum!

  3. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — December 14, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    What a perfect mug of hot chocolate!

  4. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 14, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    I love this spiced up cocoa!

  5. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 14, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    Love this! I sure could use one of these right now!

  6. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 16, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    I have a Lake Champlain giveaway going on right now! Love their stuff and that hot chocolate looks soooooo good. Mmm, I am a major fan!

  7. #
    Guru Uru — December 16, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    This hot chocolate looks perfectly delicious :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 16, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    Your hot chocolate looks so good, I love that you added a little heat!

  9. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 16, 2012 @ 11:34 pm

    Ok, I think my next hot chocolate (read: making it TONIGHT) is dying for some mexican spice! chili pepper kick – LOVING this Georgia!

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    baking.serendipity — December 17, 2012 @ 1:10 am

    I am a huge hot chocolate lover (especially this time of year!) but have never tried a spiced version. I know my husband would love this…and it’s definitely time I stepped out of the box!

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    Honey — December 17, 2012 @ 2:31 am

    Looks delicious Georgia… I love Mexican Hot Chocolate, it’s just that little kick of chili powder. YUM!

  12. #
    Connie — December 19, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    its 3am over here and i should be sleeping but i just might stay up a bit longer to make this hot choco!

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