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Easy Mexican Hot Chocolate

Patricia Reitz

I remember watching a chef prepare Mexican hot chocolate on a cooking show when I was a child and I just knew it was something I would love.  That memory stuck with me until I moved into my first apartment years later.  You can imagine my delight the first time I found the chocolate disks at the grocery store.  The rich chocolate-cinnamon flavor combination has been a favorite of mine ever since.  If you've never tried it, I urge you to give it a go.

Start by gently heating milk in a saucepan over medium-high heat. 

How to make Mexican Hot Chocolate WITH PHOTOS

Add one disk of mexican hot chocolate (I used this one).  

I like to chop it up a bit to speed the melting process along.

The disks contain roasted chocolate, sugar, cinnamon, and sometimes nuts and other spices.  Mmmmm.

Add the Mexican chocolate to the milk and whisk it constantly until completely melted.

If you want to be super authentic, use this traditional Mexican tool to froth the liquid.

That was easy!  Now pour into mugs and enjoy.

Easy Mexican Hot Chocolate

makes 3-4 servings

Printable Recipe


  • 4 cups whole milk

  • 1 disk mexican chocolate, cut into chunks

  • optional whipped cream or marshmallows for garnish


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, warm milk and chopped chocolate together, whisking constantly, until the chocolate melts completely. Pour into mugs and enjoy.

Note:  Traditionally, Mexican hot chocolate is frothed with a Molinillo.  I don't have one so I just serve with a dollop of whipped cream or marshmallows.  

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