Azteca Cocoa Rice Pudding

Azteca Cocoa Rice Pudding


"The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the God of wisdom who was hated by the other gods for giving cacao to humans. The seeds had so much value they were used as a form of currency. Originally prepared only as a drink, chocolate was served bitter and spicy. Often this gift from the gods was reserved for royalty and religious leadership. It was believed to give strength and so was added to a soldier's rations. Later it was seen as an aphrodisiac which made it much more popular. I have used their spirit as inspiration for this sweet and spicy rice pudding."
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1 h 15 m servings 313 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 313 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 2.4 g
  • 4%
  • Carbs:
  • 68.7g
  • 22%
  • Protein:
  • 6.5 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 32 mg
  • 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * 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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  1. Combine water, rice, and cinnamon in a large pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, cover pot, and simmer until all the water has been absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  2. Mix milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cayenne pepper, and vanilla extract into rice mixture, increase heat to high; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Remove pot from heat and pour pudding into a large glass bowl; let sit for 30 minutes before serving.


  • Cook's Note:
  • For a special sacred experience, double the cayenne pepper (2 tablespoons) and reduce the sugar by half (1/2 cup). Enjoy it the way the Aztecs would have!
  • For best results, cover and refrigerate overnight.


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I'm not used to hot desserts, so this took a while to adjust! I don't think I will ever be ready for the sacred experience of doubling the pepper!!! This was easy to make.

This was good except for the amount of cayenne it called for. I don't care how spicy you like your food, this is way over the top. I'd recommend changing the amount to 1/4 of the amount the reci...

Great recipe with a twist. I only added a 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and was plenty of heat.

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