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Spicy Chipotle Hot Chocolate

This Spicy Chipotle Hot Chocolate recipe is a grownup spin on a childhood favorite!  Frothy milk, creamy chocolate and a serious kick, yes please!

white cups filled with brown hot chocolate.

Spicy Chipotle Hot Chocolate! AKA Mexican Hot Chocolate, AKA Spicy Hot Cocoa.. by any name, it’s delicious!

By the way, what do you call it?  Are you in the hot cocoa or the hot chocolate camp? Maybe drinking chocolate? Is this a regional thing? Where are you from? I have so many questions that need answers!

Whether you call it hot chocolate, hot cocoa, or drinking chocolate, you can’t deny that it’s good. 

I’ve been a bit crazy for all things chipotle flavored lately, so it seemed only logical to pair it with a steaming hot cup of melted chocolate and warm milk.  I totally went for it and made this Spicy Chipotle Hot Chocolate, aka Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Chipotle isn’t like any other spice in your pantry. It’s a smoke-dried jalapeno pepper that, for this recipe at least, has been ground into a fine powder.

It’s potent and very flavorful, not just mega heat for heat’s sake. It has a multidimensional flavor to go along with that spicy kick.

If you’re feeling the spicy chipotle love too, you might want to check out these Chipotle Nutella Cookies.

This Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe is great for people who like sweet and spicy flavors mixed together because it does just that.

Your first taste is the sweet chocolate and then the chipotle will pop up out of nowhere and show your tongue who’s boss. It lingers on your taste buds until you take your next sip.

Throw a little dollop of real whipped cream on top and sprinkle (sparingly!) with more ground chipotle spice!

You know I’m all over that next time I make this spicy chocolate treat.

But be aware, gentle viewers, I’m currently crushing on chipotle. There may or may not be multiple upcoming chipotle posts.

This drink is rich and creamy and you probably won’t need more than a small glass to satisfy your spicy chocolate cravings.

If you aren’t a big fan of the sugar and spice thing then you may want to make this Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate instead. I’m biased, sure, but it’s absolutely delicious.

So get in the holiday spirit, grab some chocolate, milk, and spicy chipotle goodness and make this homemade hot chocolate recipe!

CAN I SUBSTITUTE A CHOCOLATE BAR OR BLOCK FOR THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS?

Yep, feel free to use semi-sweet chocolate in whatever form you can find it.  It may come in handy to know that 2/3 cups of chocolate chips is equivalent to about 4 ounces when weighed on a food scale, so measure accordingly.

WHAT CAN I SUBSTITUTE FOR THE GROUND CHIPOTLE?

A few chipotle substitutions you may have handy are cayenne, chili powder, or ancho chili powder. Look out for the differences between these alternatives though. Cayenne, for example, packs way more heat, while chili powder is made of a mix of other spices, so the flavor will be different.

Ancho chili powder is a milder option. Whichever you choose, I recommend starting with a small pinch and building the heat to your preference.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE COCOA POWDER FOR THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS?

Many homemade hot chocolate recipes are made with cocoa powder, but this isn’t one of those. Cocoa powder alone cannot replace the cocoa, sugar and fat content of the chocolate chips. 

CAN THIS HOMEMADE HOT CHOLATE RECIPE BE MADE WITH DAIRY FREE MILK?

Feel free to swap out the whole milk with the dairy free milk of your choosing. The thickest/creamiest option is probably canned coconut milk, but almond or soy would work as well. 

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE:

  • Whole Milk
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Ground Chipotle
  • Ground Cinnamon

MORE CHOCOLATE RECIPES!

Yield: 2-3 small mugs

Spicy Chipotle Hot Chocolate

Chipotle Hot Cocoa | Sweet-Remedy.com

This Spicy Chipotle Hot Chocolate Recipe is great for winter weather and the holiday season. Filled with sugar and spice and everything nice!

Feel free to replace the whole milk with your choice of almond or soy. You can top this off with a dollop of real whipped cream and sprinkle some chipotle and cinnamon on top.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp ground chipotle
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauce pot, heat milk on low and simmer.
  2. Once milk is heated, add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and stir until melted.
  3. Mix in the chipotle and cinnamon and stir until well combined.
  4. Mix vigorously to help the ground spices dissolve. 
  5. Remove from heat, pour into a large measuring cup with a spout for easier pouring or individual cups ready for serving. 

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 470Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 138mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 4gSugar: 47gProtein: 12g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate. You may want to spot check this information.

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Lewis

Saturday 19th of November 2016

Oh my, this is a favorite. I am sipping on my second batch as I type this, and it's even better than the first. This is a recipe I will save and make again many times this winter and in many years to come! Thank you for the warming recipe!

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Friday 7th of February 2014

[…] Spicy Chipotle Hot Chocolate – This hot cocoa could also be very fitting for Valentine’s day and a great way to spice things up, if you catch my drift! […]

Monet

Wednesday 18th of December 2013

I am from Colorado and it's definitely hot chocolate. But whatever you call it...I want more! This looks heavenly. We're hosting a party on Saturday and I think this has just been added to the drink menu :)

Sam

Friday 27th of December 2013

I hope you enjoyed it at your party! hot cocoa, hot chocolate, anything that is chocolatey is okay in my book!

Amy @ Elephant Eats

Wednesday 18th of December 2013

I work in Rockefeller Center and in the basement is a Jacques Torres store that sells a "wicked" hot chocolate. It's spiced with cayenne, i believe, along with cinnamon and it is SO good. So I know that this must be amazing. I could go for a cup right now. Also, Totally love the pic of the mugs in front of the xmas lights :)

Sam

Friday 27th of December 2013

I believe they call that mexican hot chocolate (when it is spiced with cayenne! It's equally good!)

Shinee

Tuesday 17th of December 2013

Interesting combination. My husband loves hot chocolate. I will surprise him with this tonight. Will see what he says… :)

Sam

Friday 27th of December 2013

I hope he liked this version! :)

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