Traditional Mexican Hot Chocolate -
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Traditional Mexican Hot Chocolate

Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting time5 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Cold Beverages & Aguas Frescas
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: how to make hot cocoa, how to make mexican hot chocolate
Servings: 4 cups


  • 4 cups of whole milk you can use low-fat milk as well. I just happen to prefer the whole version for this recipe
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 tablets of Mexican chocolate you can find it in the Hispanic foods aisle in your supermarket or at a Mexican supermarket

You will also need:

  • 1 molinillo this is a traditional wooden tool to make the chocolate frothy and good. If you don't have one, you can use a whisk.


  • Pour milk into a large pot, add the cinnamon stick and the tablets of Mexican chocolate. Warm the milk over high heat, moving constantly with the molinillo until the tablets are completely dissolved. Don't take your eyes off the milk because it will boil quickly. When the milk and chocolate start boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes. Let it cool down for 5 minutes.
  • Mix until the chocolate gets frothy, serve with your favorite pan dulce. Try conchas, orejas, roscas chinas, or churros, just to name a few.