There is one thing that makes a ray of light come down from the heavens whenever I come home for the holidays. Two words: Abuelita's Champurrado. "Champurrado? What the heck is that?" you may think. Well all you need to know my friends is that Champurrado is a type of thick, chocolatey Mexican drink that is freaking flavorful.

Abuelita's Champurrado

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:10 mins
  • Total Time:15 mins
  • Servings:8
  • Medium


  • 2 tablets Nestlé Abuelita authentic mexican hot chocolate
  • Half gallon milk approx. 8 cups
  • 1 can Nestlé Carnation evaporated milk
  • 1 cup masa de maiz corn dough
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 piloncillo cone brown cane sugar
  • 4 cups water divided
  • 10 whole cloves
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  • Step 1

    Place a pot on your stove and turn it onto medium-high. After that, put 1 cup water, 10 cloves, and 3 cinnamon sticks into the pot. Let the cinnamon sticks and cloves brew, changing the water into an umber shade.

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  • Step 2

    Once the cinnamon sticks and cloves brew, add 8 cups of milk and mix it constantly.

    #SpoonTip: Do not let the milk stick to the pot. You wouldn't want burnt milk on the sides and bottom of the pot, it would just be a hassle to clean up.

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  • Step 3

    In another pot, put 1 cup of masa de maiz and 3 cups of water. Mix until it turns into a pancake batter-like consistency.

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  • Step 4

    Add the 2 chocolate tablets, piloncillo cone, and evaporated milk into the pot with the milk and spices and mix until the chocolate and piloncillo dissolve.

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  • Step 5

    After everything dissolves and looks fetching, add the masa de maiz mixture into the chocolate pot. Stir for 3 minutes.

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  • Step 6

    Serve the drink hot and enjoy it with your favorite pastries or pan dulce.

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