Aztec Spicy Hot Chocolate

This Aztec hot chocolate drink is a super-tasty recipe that can be enjoyed hot in winter and chilled during the hot season.

Originally, chocolate was a bitter drink prepared by the Aztecs for special occasions and holidays: cocoa beans were ground and then mixed with water and hot spices.

This recipe features dark chocolate enriched with dry chilli for an extra boost of energy and complexity! The light heat from the chilli helps open the subtle chocolate flavours and is a beautifully warming & elaborate drink.

I have used dried chilli in this particular recipe, but the  Aztecs would have used many other types with varying heats, so feel free to get creative with the spice level!


In our recipe, we’ve chose to use cow milk but it can be substituted for you particular preference or dietary needs. (Soy, goat, almond etc.)

Aztec spicy hot chocolate drink

Serves: 2-4 | Prep Time: 25 mins | Cook Time: 5 mins | Ingredients: 6 | Difficulty: Easy

Cake Ingredients:

  • 230g chopped dark chocolate
  • 500g milk (or preferred milk)
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 dried chilli pepper, split in half & seeds removed


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    1. Melt the chocolate with half of the milk in a small pot over medium heat.

    2. Whisk in the remaining milk and add the cinnamon, vanilla, and pinch of salt.

     3. Add the chilli pepper to the pot and bring the pot to simmer.


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    Step 6 - Aztec Spicy Hot Chocolate

     4.Remove the pot from the heat and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.

    5. Remove and discard the chilli pepper.

     6. Pour the spicy Aztec hot chocolate into mugs and serve hot!

    Aztec hot and spicy chocolate drink
    Delicious Spicy Hot Chocolate

    There you have it, Aztec Spicy Hot Chocolate recipe!

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    Ilaria is a Pastry Chef Consultant from Italy. She works with brands and businesses to create stunning & delicious desserts using traditional & modern techniques. See more of her work on:  the-dessert-lab.mn.co

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