Mexican Hot Chocolate

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This is not your typical store bought hot cocoa! Mexican Hot Chocolate is creamy, rich with a hint of cinnamon and spice.

Hot drinks are a staple over the colder months and this one is the best of the best. I love to drink them in the morning or as a calming drink before bed. Mexican hot chocolate tastes unexpected and you will be hooked after one tiny sip!

two mugs of mexican hot chocolate
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Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican hot chocolate is a fun way to add a some flare to your cold days. Chocolate that comes in cocoa nibs or a ground paste is used for making Mexican hot chocolate. You can find Mexican chocolate at your local grocery like Walmart and Target. If you are having a difficult time locating Mexican chocolate than you look online.

It is to simple to make and it’s much less sweet than normal hot chocolate so I don’t mind serving it with breakfast. 

The Aztec people believed that chocolate was a gift from the gods and I can tell you that they weren’t wrong about that notion. 

abuelita chocolate for mexican hot chocolate


  • Abuelita Hot Chocolate: this is a chocolate disk/puck/chunk/tablet made from chocolate and sugar that you simply melt in milk, it’s so easy!
  • Milk: we like to use whole milk but you can use what you like of have on hand

Recipe Instructions

  1. It’s not much of a recipe at all, I’m just here to tell you about how good it is!
  2. Simply melt the chocolate tablet in the milk, stirring the whole time.
  3. Divide into 4 mugs and enjoy hot.
  4. This hot chocolate is much less sweet than traditional American hot chocolate. Feel free to add things like candy canes, marshmallows, or whipped cream to you mug if you’d like.
pot of Mexican hot chocolate and mugs

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Mexican hot chocolate actually Mexican?

Yes! This hot drink dates back to Mexico’s ancient civilizations of the Aztecs and the Mayans. They would combing cocoa beans with vanilla and other spices to make this drink they called Xocolatl which translates to “bitter drink.”

Why is my Mexican hot chocolate grainy?

Mexican hot chocolate tends to be a little more grainy because of the chocolate nibs or pasted chocolate used. Mix it well and it shouldn’t be too noticeable. 

What is the most popular chocolate brand to use for Mexican hot chocolate?

The most used brands of chocolate are Ibarra and Abuelita. There other other brands but these two were the easiest for me to find. 

How long does it take to make Mexican hot chocolate?

It will take about 10 minutes from start to finish to make this drink.

How long can I store hot chocolate?

Hot chocolate will stay good when stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Make sure that the container has a lid to ensure best quality. Simple reheat and enjoy.

Mexican hot chocolate toppings and mugs

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two white cups of mexican hot chocolate
5 from 2 votes

Mexican Hot Chocolate

This is not your typical store bought hot cocoa! Mexican Hot Chocolate is creamy, rich and made with really simple ingredients like chocolate and sugar!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


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  • Unwrap the tablet and set it in the bottom of a medium saucepan. 
  • Add the milk and turn the heat on the medium. 
  • Whisk constantly until the milk gets very steamy and the chocolate tablet fully dissolves, about 5 minutes.
  • It’s normal to have little flecks of chocolate floating on the top of the hot chocolate.
  • Divide between 4 mugs and serve right away.


  • This hot chocolate is much less sweet than traditional hot chocolate. 
  • You can top the hot chocolate with marshmallows, whipped cream, or crushed candy canes if you’d like. 
  • You can find this brand of hot chocolate tablets in most grocery stores or if you are having trouble finding it you can go to a Mexican grocery store or order it online. 


Serving: 1 of 4 servings, Calories: 246kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 11.5g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 93mg, Potassium: 366mg, Sugar: 29g, Vitamin A: 395IU, Calcium: 300mg
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Mexican Hot Chocolate is full of flavor, it’s easy to make and will become a drink that you will make over and over. Enjoy!

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  1. Melissa says:

    It’s not much of a recipe, I agree, but I love introducing people to this product! It’s new to a lot of people, easy to make, and it’s great!