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Easy Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

Spice up your hot chocolate by making this Mexican hot chocolate recipe! It makes a ton for a crowd and you won't be disappointed!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy, for a crowd, sweet, sweet treat
Servings: 20 servings


  • 1 gallon whole milk
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Abuelita Authentic Mexican Hot Chocolate drink tablets
  • 4 large cinnamon sticks
  • 4 tsp vanilla


  • Add eight cups (half a gallon) of whole milk to a large stock pot on the stove. Add the cinnamon sticks and stir occasionally.
  • Heat over medium-high heat until the milk is steaming. Do not boil.
  • Once the milk is steaming, carefully add the chocolate chips and Abuelita Mexican Hot Chocolate Drink Tablets. (Be careful! The chocolate chips tend to splash!)
  • Stir constantly until all the chocolate is melted.
  • Once all the chocolate has melted, pour in the other eight cups (half gallon) of milk.
  • Add the 4 teaspoons of vanilla and continue heating until steaming. Stir frequently.
  • Turn the heat down to low or transfer the hot chocolate to a crock pot to serve.
  • Ladle into mugs and serve with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.


If you have any leftovers, allow to cool a little bit and add to your empty milk jug using a funnel. Add in additional cinnamon sticks and refrigerate. To reheat, simply shake the jug to mix everything together and add to individual microwave-safe mugs. Reheat for 1-1.5 minutes or until heated through.