This bitter, spicy Aztec drink is what modern 'Hot Chocolate' is based from. For a more authentic version the way the Aztecs enjoyed, chill the Xocolatl before drinking.

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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring 1 1/2 cup water to a boil in a pot; add the chili pepper, seeds included, to the boiling water and cook at a boil for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain the chili pepper and seeds from the water; return the water to the pot. Add 4 cups water to the chili pepper-infused water, reduce heat to medium-low, and bring to a slow boil. Stir the cocoa powder and vanilla extract into the boiling water; cook and stir until the powder dissolves completely, 5 to 10 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

46.1 calories; 2.6 g protein; 8.5 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 23.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2010
This is hard to rate because I think of sweetened hot chocolate, which this is NOT! It is a drink that one's tastes must adjust to. I tried this as a hot drink and as a cold drink; I prefer it cold. It will take a while for my tastes to adjust to this drink! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/20/2011
Very interesting taste! Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2010
This is hard to rate because I think of sweetened hot chocolate, which this is NOT! It is a drink that one's tastes must adjust to. I tried this as a hot drink and as a cold drink; I prefer it cold. It will take a while for my tastes to adjust to this drink! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/20/2011
Very interesting taste! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2012
This is a wonderful drink. Hot or cold it really fits the bill. I make a batch in the mornings and drink small cups throughout the day. You can also add cream and sweetener for a more conventional taste. I rarely do this but some members of my family do and they really like it that way. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/07/2012
Good starting point but this had no appeal. Maybe I wasn't using the right peppers as nothing in my market was labelled "green chili" so I went with jalapeños. Anyway after giving up I arrived at boiling water with vanilla and a few shakes of each salt and ground cayenne per serving. Much better job of covering up the bitterness of the cocoa and without the mess of steeping peppers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2012
Tasty and fast! As everyone else said the taste is very different than normal hot chocolate. Replaced the green chili pepper with 2 tsp chili powder (it was really spicy so less would probably be appropriate. And I poured boiling water directly in a mug with all the dry ingredients and with a bit of stirring it turned out perfectly. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
07/03/2012
I would give 3.5 stars. The taste is very interesting but I can t say I liked this so much. The chocolate was very hot and after a few sips the taste became boring. I could hardly drink more than 1/3 cup at once. Then I added more water to reduce the hot taste and the chocolate became just right for me. And I added a little sugar to taste. Probable will make again but with modifications. But thanks for posting I like trying new things. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2017
A bit too hot for my liking I decided to steep cayenne instead of green chilies as I couldn't find them. However a great cough suppressant when you add milk... Yeah i'm going to do this again following the recipe when the chili lady is back at the market. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2019
Dark. Bitter. Spicy. Perfect. Full of flavor. We used a dried red chili pepper. Also added a dried sweet chili. If you enjoy very dark chocolate this may be up your alley. I prefer chocolate that is above 90% dark so the bitterness of this recipe appealed to me. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2019
I made it just as the recipe called for and I love it. Will definitely make it again. Read More