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Rich and creamy, Mexican hot chocolate will warm you up from the inside out! Made with melted chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne for kick, this recipe is easy to spike for an adult beverage treat! #hotchocolate #mexicanhotchocolate #holidaydrink #hotchocolaterecipe #easyrecipe #homemade #hotcocoa
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5 from 6 votes

Creamy Mexican Hot Chocolate

Creamy and rich, this Mexican hot chocolate is made with a pinch of cayenne pepper for some kick!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: hot chocolate recipe, mexican hot chocolate
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 482kcal


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate , chopped
  • 7 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper


  • marshmallows (regular or mini)
  • whipped cream
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • drizzle of chocolate sauce
  • grated chocolate


  • To a large saucepan, dutch oven or stockpot, add all ingredients and heat over MED heat. Whisk as it heats, to combine all ingredients until smooth. Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  • Pour into mugs and top with desired toppings. My usual preference is whipped cream, grated chocolate, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.


Recipe makes approximately 4 1/2 - 5 cups of hot chocolate.
Note: This is not an "authentic Mexican Hot Chocolate" recipe.  It's my adaptation that my family loves.  


Add a shot of tequila (or your favorite liquor) to a mug full of hot chocolate and stir to combine.


Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 708mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 441mg | Iron: 2.3mg