Mexican Hot Chocolate

On cold, rainy days this is what usually greets my kiddos when they walk in the door from school. Chocolate, milk, cinnamon and spices combine to make a warm, chocolately and lightly spiced cold weather drink.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

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Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 10 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream


  • Whisk whole milk, vanilla, sugar, cocoa, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and chili powder in a heavy saucepan.
  • Add 2 of the cinnamon sticks and cook gently over medium-low heat until warm.
  • Add chocolate and cook, whisking until the chocolate is completely melted. Gently simmer until liquid thickens and reduces slightly, whisking often, about 10 minutes.
  • Combine heavy cream with remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and beat until peaks form. Ladle 1/3 cup hot cocoa into 6 mugs; top with whipped cream and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
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