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Warm your soul with the rich and comforting flavors of Champurrado, a traditional Mexican hot chocolate drink with a twist. This thick and indulgent beverage is perfect for those who crave a cozy and satisfying treat.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Drink Appeals To: Anyone seeking a decadent and culturally inspired hot chocolate experience.
  • Estimated Duration: Takes about 20 minutes to prepare.
  • Nutrition Facts: A comforting blend of chocolate, masa harina, and spices.

About This Recipe

Champurrado is a beloved Mexican drink that combines the goodness of chocolate with the heartiness of masa harina, creating a velvety and flavorful concoction.

Equipment Required

  1. Saucepan
  2. Whisk
  3. Mugs or cups


  • 1/2 cup masa harina (corn dough)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablet Mexican chocolate (such as Abuelita or Ibarra), chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (for garnish)


  1. Prepare the Masa: In a bowl, mix masa harina with 1 cup of water until smooth.
  2. Combine Ingredients: In a saucepan, combine the masa mixture, chopped chocolate, brown sugar, and cinnamon stick with the remaining water. Whisk together.
  3. Heat and Whisk: Place the saucepan over medium heat. Continuously whisk to avoid lumps. As it thickens, add milk gradually.
  4. Simmer: Allow the Champurrado to simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until it reaches your desired thickness.
  5. Serve: Remove the cinnamon stick and pour the Champurrado into mugs. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on top.

Side Dishes

Pair your Champurrado with traditional Mexican sweet bread like conchas or mexican donuts for an authentic treat.

Storage Options

Best enjoyed fresh, but you can refrigerate any leftovers and reheat on the stove, adding a bit of milk to achieve the desired consistency.

Ingredient Substitutes

Experiment with different types of Mexican chocolate or adjust the sweetness by varying the amount of brown sugar.


For a unique twist, try adding a pinch of cayenne pepper for a hint of spiciness to your Champurrado.

Consider taking a look at Atole and Mexican Hot Chocolate as alternatives. Below are some similarities:

  1. Atole: Atole is a traditional Mexican hot drink made with masa, water or milk, and sweeteners like sugar. It can be flavored with various ingredients such as vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, or fruit.
  2. Mexican Hot Chocolate: This is a close relative to champurrado, but it may not be as thick since it doesn’t contain masa. Mexican hot chocolate is typically made with chocolate tablets, milk, and spices like cinnamon


Champurrado is not just a hot chocolate; it’s a celebration of Mexican flavors and tradition. Whether sipped on a chilly evening or shared with loved ones, this indulgent drink brings warmth and joy to every cup. ¬°Disfruta tu Champurrado! (Enjoy your Champurrado!)