Champurrado (Thickened Mexican Hot Chocolate Drink), photo by Yvette Marquez-SharpnackPhoto by Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack

Champurrado (Thickened Mexican Hot Chocolate Drink)

Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4-6 servings

Champurrado is a chocolate-based drink with corn flour added to thicken it. I remember having champurrado on cold winter mornings in my grandmother’s cozy cocina. Grandma always seemed to know what little kids need on any given day, that’s what makes grandmas so special. She made this thick chocolatey drink to help me warm up in the morning. If the champurrado was too hot, I remember her pouring it back and forth between two cups to cool it off.


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Photo by Jeanine Thurston


  • 3 water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 anise star
  • 1/4 cup masa harina
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 disk Mexican chocolate chopped (Abuelita or Ibarra chocolate)
  • 3 ounces piloncillo, chopped or ½ cup packed brown sugar

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  1. In a large saucepan, boil water with the two cinnamon sticks and anise star. Remove from the heat, cover and let the cinnamon sticks and anise star steep for about 10 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and anise star, return to low heat and slowly add the masa harina to the warm water, whisking until combined. Add milk, chocolate, and piloncillo.
  2. Heat over medium heat just until boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until chocolate is completely melted and sugar is dissolved, whisking occasionally. Serve immediately.
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