Mexican-Inspired Hot Chocolate

This is a quick and easy version of champurrado, a traditional Mexican hot, spiced chocolate and corn drink. You can buy bags of masa harina para tortillas (cornmeal for making tortillas) at some supermarkets, Latin markets, and online.

Serves: 1Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 1


  • 2 Tbsp. masa harina para tortillas
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup milk


  • Add masa harina to a small saucepan over medium heat. Slowly add water in a thin stream while whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Bring to a simmer and whisk in milk, chocolate, brown sugar, and salt until chocolate is melted, about 1 minute. Add cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
  • Return to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Simmer gently, whisking constantly, for 5 minutes. Whisk until frothy and pour into a mug.