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Atole de Chocolate (Chocolate Atole)

This atole de chocolate recipe also known as champurrado is just the thing you need to get you through the colder months. Champurrado is a hot Mexican beverage made from chocolate and instant corn masa flour. You may also enjoy this Mexican hot chocolate coffee recipe that’s also perfect for the cold weather.

chocolate atole in a blue mug

I’ve been drinking a lot of atole de chocolate lately, now that it has cooled down a lot.

It’s one of my favorite things to drink either in the morning or at night with dinner.

It’s a super easy and quick recipe to whip up.

It can be ready in less than 20 minutes.

If you’ve had atoles then you’re going to love this chocolate atole recipe.

What is the Difference Between Atole and Champurrado?

Atole and champurrado are both hot beverages with a thick consistency.

They are both made with instant corn masa flour.

Atole can be flavored with vanilla, strawberry and other flavors.

Once chocolate is added however it’s called champurrado or chocolate atole.

chocolate and a cinnamon stick

If you’ve never had atole before now is the perfect time to try one.

I remember when I first tried champurrado. It was years ago in the parking lot of a laundromat.

As I was getting ready to go in a lady came up to me and asked if I would like to buy some tamales and champurrado.

She only charged a few dollars so I figured why not.

Although I was a little hesitant because she was selling these foods out of the back of her vehicle.

I tried it anyways and I loved it! It’s very similar to hot chocolate but more filling and with a Mexican twist.

Champurrado has a thick consistency which is perfect because it will warm you right up when it’s cold out.

The instant corn masa flour is what thickens the champurrado.

I use the brand Maseca. You should be able to find it at your local grocery.

bag of maseca

You’ll also need water, milk, brown sugar, a cinnamon stick, Mexican chocolate and Mexican vanilla.

Some recipes call for piloncillo but I know not everyone can easily find it in their local grocery stores so I used brown sugar in this recipe which works just as well.

What to serve with atole de chocolate

Atole de chocolate is delicious whether its served alongside breakfast or dinner.

Here are some ideas:

How to make chocolate atole

Add the instant corn masa flour to a pot and slowly stir in the water until it is smooth and there are no lumps.

I find that it is really important to mix the masa harina with cold water.

If you pour hot water in it, lumps of masa will form and that’s not what you want.

stirring instant corn masa flour and water

Turn the heat to medium high and add the milk. Stir.

Now add the cinnamon, sugar and chocolate to the pot and stir until the chocolate has dissolved.

making champurrado

Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring often.

Then add in the vanilla and stir. Now it’s ready to be served. But be careful it will be hot!

champurrado in a pot

Looking for more delicious Beverages? Try these:

Atole de chocolate

Atole de chocolate is the perfect hot and chocolatey beverage for the winter.

It is a favorite among both kids and adults.

And it will keep everyone nice and warm!

Let me know if you liked this chocolate atole in the comments below.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe.

Let me know what you think of it in the comments below and don’t forget to leave it a rating.

Thanks for visiting, see you soon!

atole de chocolate in a mug
champurrado in a blue mug
4.09 from 35 votes

Atole de Chocolate

Atole de Chocolate is a delicious hot Mexican beverage that will warm and fill you right up!

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword atole de chocolate, champurrado, champurrado recipe
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 325 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup Maseca for tortillas
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 abuelita chocolate disk
  • 1 tbsp mexican vanilla


  1. Add the maseca to a pot and slowly stir in the water until there are no lumps.
  2. Turn heat to medium high and stir in the milk.
  3. Add the cinnamon, sugar and chocolate to the pot and stir until chocolate is dissolved.
  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. stirring often.

  5. Add the vanilla and stir. Remove from heat.
  6. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Atole de Chocolate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 325 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 88mg4%
Potassium 325mg9%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 264IU5%
Calcium 247mg25%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This champurrado recipe is perfect for the Cold winter months.
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Wednesday 13th of March 2024

When I first had this drink as a kid I LOVED the lumps. Perhaps I will try this recipe and purposely make the lumps!


Tuesday 23rd of March 2021

Great second time I do chumpurrado it's my family's favorite we enjoy it when it's cold with mexican bread .

Viva mexico


Thursday 24th of December 2020

I am African American but my husband is from Mexico, I made this for him this evening and he absolutely loved it, he drank it with a pandulse,


Friday 25th of December 2020

I'm so glad he enjoyed it,thanks for letting me know how it turned out for you!

Sabrina Medina

Sunday 20th of December 2020

I made it and it came out really thick idk what I did wrong but it still tasted good it was just really thick


Thursday 4th of July 2019

We absolutely loved this! I know it’s the middle of summer but I couldn’t wait to try it! I substituted 1/2 cup of heavy cream for 1/2 cup of milk just to give it extra creaminess. I also put a teaspoon of espresso powder in mine and a healthy splash of Rumchata in my husbands. We will definitely be drinking this during the colder months! Than for a great recipe!

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