Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Make a warming mug of this Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe and cozy up on the sofa under a blanket with your favorite movie and a stack of homemade cookies!

The hot chocolate is flavored with cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla and will certainly warm you from the inside out – especially if you add a spike of tequila or rum!

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

This hot chocolate recipe is not your average hot chocolate recipe. Oh no, ma’am, it is filled with warming spices and you can even add a drop or your favorite liquor.

Tequila would, of course, be the first choice, but rum or whiskey would work equally well.

There are tons of different recipes out there for Mexican hot chocolate and this is my variation. Some recipes use chili powder which would certainly give a spicy punch!

This is not an authentic Mexican hot chocolate recipe, which is actually made using chocolate de mesa (table chocolate) that is sold in a solid bar that is broken up into pieces and added to milk or water.

Check out this authentic Chocolate Caliente on The Spruce Eats.

But if you want to use ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, then my recipe is definitely the one for you!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

Make It A Meal!

Mexican Hot Chocolate would make a delicious alternative to coffee after dinner – and you’ve now got the recipe for that!

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

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Mugs of Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Yield: 4
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Make a warming mug of this Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe and cozy up on the sofa under a blanket with your favorite movie and a stack of homemade cookies!


  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick, snapped in half
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, for garnish, optional
  • 4 cinnamon sticks, for garnish, optional
  • Marshmallows, for garnish, optional
  • Ground cinnamon, for garnish, optional

To Spike the Hot Chocolate, optional

  • 4 oz Rum, Tequila, or Whisky


  1. Mix cocoa powder and flour in a large saucepan.
  2. Stir in brown sugar, milk, whole cloves, and the snapped-in-half cinnamon stick.
  3. Bring to just before boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Do not allow to boil
    Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Do bot bring to a boil.
  5. Remove pan from heat and take out the cloves and cinnamon stick with a slotted spoon.
  6. Optional - if you are spiking your beverage, add the alcohol now.
  7. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla extract then beat with a whisk until foamy.
  8. Pour into 4 mugs and garnish as desired with whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, marshmallows, or ground cinnamon.

Mugs of Mexican Hot Chocolate

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 111mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 29gProtein: 10g

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