Mexican Hot Chocolate Atole Champurrado


I loved this drink growing up. It is very delicious and great on a cold chilly day. My Mexican grandmother used to make this for us when I was a kid, and now I make it for my kids. Very delicious. Serve hot, alone or you can top with whipped cream and dust some cinnamon over it. Sugar can also be less or more, suited to taste.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
22 mins
Total Time:
27 mins
4 cups


  • 2 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 Mexican hot chocolate drink tablet (such as Nestle® Abuelita®)

  • ½ cup cold water

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • ½ (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

  • ½ cup white sugar, or to taste


  1. Combine 2 cups water and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; let boil for 7 minutes. Drop in chocolate tablet and stir until dissolved, 5 to 6 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes more.

  2. Combine cornstarch and cold water in a small container with a lid; shake until mixed well.

  3. Stir evaporated milk and sugar into the chocolate mixture in the saucepan. Add cornstarch mixture and stir well. Increase heat to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use a cinnamon stick in place of the ground cinnamon if you like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

278 Calories
7g Fat
53g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 278
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 55mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 145mg 11%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 153mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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