Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe (Dairy-Free)

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Mexican Hot Chocolate is sure to be a dairy-free, once-in-a-while treat that satisfies.

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Now, before you go all, “But what about your philosophy of not Paleo-ifying treats?!” rebuttal, let me assure you: This one is completely sugar free and is meant to be a treat, not your everyday drink of choice.

How to Make Mexican Hot Chocolate

I use coconut milk as the base for this dairy-free Mexican hot chocolate. Then, I whisk in cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla, and a pinch of chili powder for a tiny bit of heat. If you don’t like the idea of adding the spices, you can leave them out and just use vanilla extract.

Certainly, if you have homemade almond milk or something else yummy kicking around, you can substitute that instead. This Mexican Hot Chocolate is pretty rich and is meant to be sipped and savored.

If you’d like to make a larger batch, this recipe easily doubles or triples. Serve with a pinch of cinnamon or chili powder on top.

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Whole30
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 183 kcal
Author: Steph Gaudreau

This excellent tasting Mexican Hot Chocolate is sure to be a once-in-a-while dairy-free treat that satisfies.



  • 6 oz full-fat coconut milk
  • 4 oz cup water
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract


  1. In a small heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the coconut milk, water, cocoa powder, cinnamon and chili powder. Whisk over medium-low heat until the ingredients combine and the cocoa is heated through.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Serve with a sprinkle of chili powder or cinnamon.
Nutrition Facts
Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Sodium 19mg 1%
Potassium 269mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 1.5%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 19.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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