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Champurrado Recipe (Hot Mexican Beverage)

This champurrado recipe 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.

champurrado in a blue mug

I’ve been drinking a lot of champurrado 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.

If you’ve had atoles then you’re going to love this champurrado 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 and can be flavored with pretty much anything.

Once chocolate is added however it’s called champurrado.

chocolate and a cinnamon stick

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

Atole de fresa is a good one if you love strawberry.

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 intant 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.

How to Make Champurrado

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.

champurrado in a pot

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

champurrado in a mug

The Best Champurrado Recipe

This champurrado recipe is perfect for breakfast because it really fills you up and warms you up before starting your day.

Try it with your favorite Mexican breakfast such as enfrijoladas or chilaquiles.

It’s also yummy during any other time of the day. It’s especially delicious with some bunuelos!

1 week mexican dinners

Make sure to also try my atole de vainilla.

Let me know if you liked the champurrado in the comments below.

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champurrado in a blue mug
4.34 from 30 votes


Champurrado is a delicious hot Mexican beverage that will warm and fill you right up!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 325 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 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
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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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 .

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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

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