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This vegan-friendly Mexican Spicy Hot Chocolate is made with chile de arbol, chocolate, cinnamon, and either milk or coconut milk, leaving you with a decadently spiced winter treat.
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5 from 4 votes

Spicy Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate with Chili
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 393kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips (about 2oz)
  • 2 cups milk OR full fat coconut milk
  • 2 chiles de arbol OR sub ½ tsp red chili pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped Cream (Optional):

  • ½ cup whipping cream or full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • caramel syrup, top drizzle over whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

For frothed milk:

  • Pour half the milk and chiles into a small saucepan and heat on medium until boiling. Remove from heat immediately, strain out peppers with a slotted spoon, and quickly add chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla (optional). Stir until chocolate melts.
  • Heat remaining milk separately and froth with handheld frother, or use milk steamer to heat and froth. Pour milk into mugs first, and then pour in chocolate mixture. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Without frothed milk:

  • Pour all of the milk and chiles into a small saucepan and heat on medium until boiling. Remove from heat immediately, strain out peppers with a slotted spoon, and quickly add chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla (optional). Stir until chocolate melts. Serve hot in mugs. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Whipped Cream (Optional):

  • Put cream or coconut milk and sugar in a chilled bowl, and use an electric hand mixer to whip into stiff peaks. Spoon onto hot chocolate.  Add caramel syrup if desired.

Notes

*Nutrition information assumes 2% milk was used, and does not include the optional whipped cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 605mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 337mg | Iron: 3.2mg