Xocolatl (Aztec Chocolate)

Xocolatl (Aztec Chocolate)

6 Reviews 2 Pics
  • Prep

    5 m
  • Cook

    15 m
  • Ready In

    20 m
Recipe by  Antipex

“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 yields 2 servings



  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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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!



Very interesting taste!



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.

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Amount Per Serving (2 total)

  • Calories
  • 46 cal
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 1.5 g
  • 2%
  • Carbs
  • 8.5 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 2.6 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 24 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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