Xocolatl (Aztec Chocolate) Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Xocolatl (Aztec Chocolate) Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Xocolatl (Aztec Chocolate)

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"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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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    20 mins


  1. 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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 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!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 20, 2011

Very interesting taste!


6 Ratings

Jan 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.

Jul 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.

Feb 06, 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.

Jul 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.


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  • Calories
  • 46 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.5 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 1.5 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 3.9 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 2.6 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 24 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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