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Oaxacan Hot Chocolate

Oaxacan Hot Chocolate

Indulge in the rich and aromatic experience of Oaxacan Hot Chocolate, a traditional Mexican delight that brings together the warmth of cocoa with the distinctive flavors of Oaxaca.

This beverage is perfect for those who crave a luxurious and culturally infused hot chocolate.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Drink Appeals To: Those seeking a unique twist on the classic hot chocolate.
  • Estimated Duration: Ready in about 15 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: A decadent blend of chocolate, spices, and a touch of sweetness.

About This Recipe

Oaxacan Hot Chocolate is a celebration of Oaxacan cuisine, blending local ingredients to create a velvety and flavorful cocoa experience.

Equipment Required

  1. Saucepan
  2. Whisk
  3. Mugs or cups


  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 ounces Oaxacan (dark chocolate), finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon piloncillo or brown sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream and ground cinnamon for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat Milk: In a saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it’s warm but not boiling.
  2. Add Chocolate: Add the chopped Oaxacan chocolate to the warm milk and whisk until the chocolate is fully melted.
  3. Sweeten and Spice: Stir in piloncillo or brown sugar, ground cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract. Continue whisking until everything is well combined and heated through.
  4. Serve: Pour the Oaxacan Hot Chocolate into mugs. If desired, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

Side Dishes

Pair your Oaxacan Hot Chocolate with traditional Mexican sweet pastries like pan dulce leche or mexican donuts for a delightful treat.

Storage Options

Best enjoyed fresh, but you can refrigerate any leftovers and reheat gently on the stove.

Ingredient Substitutes

Experiment with different varieties of Oaxacan chocolate for unique flavor profiles. As an extra, I like to add marshmallows.

Alternatives to This Meal

For an adult twist, add a splash of mezcal or tequila to your Oaxacan Hot Chocolate for a warm and spirited treat. For a recipe without Oaxacan chocolate, try: How to Make Mexican Hot Chocolate at Home


Oaxacan Hot Chocolate is a journey to the heart of Oaxacan flavors. Whether sipped alone or shared with friends, this rich and aromatic cocoa is a delightful nod to Mexican tradition. ¡Disfruta tu chocolate caliente Oaxaqueño! (Enjoy your Oaxacan Hot Chocolate!)