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By: Enrique Gili on Nov. 1, 2012, 6:09 p.m.
A mug of Mexican hot chocolate

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

Everything you like about chocolate defined in a single cup.

Prep time: 2 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Yield: Makes 4 cups

Mexican Hot Chocolate


  • 4 ounces unsweetened cacao powder
  • 2 ounces granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 32 ounces 2% milk
  • Several cinnamon sticks, optional garnish
  • Splash hot water, optional

Cooking directions

  1. Combine cacao, sugar, cinnamon and cayenne in mixing bowl. Stir until blended, about 1 minute.
  2. Heat vanilla and milk in medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat as milk begins to boil, 6 to 8 minutes. Slowly add contents of mixing bowl to milk. Stir continuously until dissolved, about 2 minutes. If the result is too rich, add hot water to taste. Serve hot.