Classic Mexican Champurrado

Cuisine: Mexican
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: 6
This traditional Mexican drink is thicker than your typical hot chocolate, and a must-have during the holiday season.

Champurrado is a Mexican hot drink thickened with masa harina (corn flour that's typically used to make tortillas, tamales, and more), enriched with dark chocolate and cinnamon for a warming, aromatic flavor. At home, we typically pair champurrado with tamales. This drink is also an energy booster and will keep your hearts and tummies warm during the winter season while giving you plenty of nutrients in every sip.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup masa harina for tortillas
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups water plus more as needed
  • 3 1/2 ounces dark chocolate broken into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • kosher salt to taste

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Directions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add masa harina and milk. Whisk continuously to avoid lumps. Add water.
  2. Bring to a simmer and add chocolate, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt to taste.
  3. Lower heat to low. Continue to simmer gently, whisking continuously, for 5 minutes.
  4. Thin with additional water as needed to create a thick beverage
  5. Taste and adjust flavor, adding more sugar, salt and even more chocolate if you like it strong.
  6. Serve hot.
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