Drinks, Recipes

Champurrado – Thick Mexican Hot Chocolate – Made Easy

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Champurrado, for those who may not be familiar with it, is a traditional thick Mexican hot chocolate, meant to be sipped to keep us warm through out the cold winter months.

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Traditionally, this festive treat is made by dissolving Mexican chocolate, piloncillo and cinnamon in a thick, smooth mixture of corn flour, milk and water. However I’m not the biggest fan of adding corn flour and piloncillo to my version, so I decided to instead use my family’s atole de migas recipe as the masa basis for this super easy and equally tasty champurrado.

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The best part is that this recipe only takes 5 ingredients and about 30 minutes to make so you can easily warm up to a nice, steaming cup of it tonight! Here’s what you’ll need.

Champurrado Ingredients - yoursassyself.com


8 white corn tortillas
2 cups water
1 qt milk
1/2 cup sugar
Mexican chocolate (Popular or Abuelita)


Begin by chopping your tortillas and Mexican chocolate (at least 4 oz, but can add in as much as you’d like).  I like to see small pieces of the corn tortillas in my version, so I take the tortillas and cut them into smallish pieces.  (If however you want a smoother mix, feel feel to cut the tortillas and pulse them in the food processor to get them to a flour consistency.)

Chopping Ingredients for Champurrado - yoursassyself.com

Then add the water and sugar into a large saucepan, over medium high heat, and stir until the sugar has dissolved.

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Once dissolved, add in your tortilla pieces (flour) and the milk.

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Adding tortillas and milk to champurrado - yoursassyself.com

Stir consistently until it comes to a boil, then turn it down to a medium heat, and stir until it’s thickened to the desired consistency.

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Reduce heat to low or turn off completely, add in the finely chopped Mexican chocolate (or your favorite hot chocolate powder) and stir/whisk until it is completely dissolved.

Adding chocolate to champurrado - yoursassyself.com

Serve immediately and sprinkle with ground cinnamon, if desired.

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Here’s a quick step by step video to help you out.

Traditionally champurrado is served in the morning or as a merienda (a late afternoon snack) with galletas (cookies) like these Triple Chocolate Bauducco wafers from Big Lots, pan dulce (sweet bread) or tamales.  Whether you drink it as is or serve it with yummy treats like the various variety from Bauducco, it’s bound to bring smiles and warm tummies to those who drink it.  So as you get ready to host family and friends this Holiday, consider serving this yummy treat and don’t forget to head out to Big Lots for all your Holiday decor, eats and treats that are sure to wow your guests.

What’s your favorite family treat to keep you warm this Holiday season?

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I'm a Mexican-American, Sassy, Bilingual, Professional Woman with a passion for life long learning, sharing, and living my best life. I'm the founder and digital content creator for Your Sassy Self and work full time as a Multimedia Designer. Let's connect and see how we can change the world...or at least change our perspective of it. 😉
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(24) Comments

  1. My kids are obsessed with hot chocolate! Definitely need to try this.

    1. I hope you do Angela! Enjoy!!

  2. Tortillas is hot chocolate what an interesting idea!

    1. Yeah, I know it sounds weird Angela, but once you add sugar and chocolate to something, it magically all tastes amazing!

  3. I’ve never seen hot chocolate like this before, and it sounds incredibly interesting and delicious! I want to make it just so I can see what it’s like. I remember on a Europe trip a few years ago, we ordered hot chocolate somewhere and it was so thick, almost like chocolate soup. Hot chocolate just means something different in every culture!

    1. Agreed Esther and it’s so interestingly delicious to try the various options. We do a traditional hot chocolate too, but this one is meant to be more hearty, which is why they use a masa base – mine just happens to be from already made corn tortillas, but it’s equally delish. 😀 Enjoy and happy holidays!

  4. Wow! I wouldn’t have thought of adding tortillas right to a drink!! Crazy! Sounds amazing!

    1. I know it’s a totally foreign concept Cianna and if someone was telling me to try it that way, I’d freak out too, but once you have your first sip, with the sugar and chocolate yumminess, all the weirdness is forgotten 😉

  5. wow! Looks and sounds amazing.

    1. Thanks Tiara!

  6. Amanda says:

    Looks incredible! My son (3rd grade!) has been learning Spanish this year at school. We are going to make this together over Christmas break as he has not stop talking about making his own Mexican hot chocolate. Thank you for the recipe! Can’t wait to try it out.

    1. Yay Amanda, I hope you enjoy and tell your son to keep it up, Spanish is such a beautiful language, if I do say so myself 😉

  7. Wow, this looks really easy, I have to try this!

    1. I hope you do Lee Ann and let me know how it turns out! 😀

  8. This looks so unique with the tortillas and super delicious- I’m a huge fan of anything with cinnamon and sugar!

    1. Right Emily, so good 😉 I hope you enjoy 😀

  9. What an original recipe! Never heard of tortillas in hot chocolate before.

    1. I know, sounds a little cray, but like flour thickens many things, so do they and it’s pretty delish 😀

  10. I absolutely love Mexican hot chocolate and this is the perfect easy recipe for it! Thanks for the winter inspiration, I’ll definitely be making this one on the colder nights in the Pacific Northwest.

    1. Eek, I’m sure it will come in handy around your part Mimi. We are just now feeling winter and it’s a definite must for us. Enjoy 😀

  11. Okay, well this is seriously the most incredible looking Christmas treat! What a great idea. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    1. Thanks Amber, it’s pretty delicious and hearty to keep us warm – for sure 😉 Enjoy!

  12. Wow, this is super different. Looks interesting!

    You should come link up at the Bloggers Spotlight party, all links get posted to our group board. We have two parties in one, one section to link up posts and another section to link up pins.


    1. Thanks Hil, totally going to check that out!

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