Spicy Spotlight: Mexican Hot Chocolate

The history of chocolate in Mexico dates back to the ancient Maya and Aztec civilizations, where it was used as a currency and consumed as a bitter beverage made from cacao beans. The Mayans considered chocolate to be a gift from the gods and it was also used in religious ceremonies. We don’t disagree!

From Aztecs to aficionados

When the Spanish arrived in Mexico in the 16th century, they developed a method to sweeten the bitter chocolate drink and brought it back to Europe, where it became a popular luxury item. Today, Mexico remains one of the largest producers of chocolate in the world. They have also innovated on one of our favorite drinks: Hot cocoa!

Warm up with a cup of Mexican hot chocolate, a spicy twist on the classic winter drink. Made with a blend of cocoa, sugar, and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and chili pepper, this rich and creamy beverage is a fiesta in a mug. It’s typically served hot and topped with whipped cream or a dash of cinnamon, but the real magic happens when using a molinillo, a small wooden whisk that creates the perfect frothy texture. 

Caliente cocoa

¡Olé! Here is an easy, spicy recipe for Mexican hot chocolate:


2 cups milk

4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground chili pepper



  • In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it is hot but not boiling.
  • Add the chopped chocolate, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chili pepper (if using) to the hot milk and stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer the hot chocolate for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and use a molinillo or a whisk to froth the hot chocolate until it is creamy and well-combined.
  • Pour the hot chocolate into mugs and serve immediately. Optionally, top each mug with a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkle of cinnamon before serving.

This recipe makes about 2 servings of Mexican hot chocolate. Grab your sombrero and warm up with a mug!

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