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Champurrado (Chocolate Atole)

Champurrado is a chocolate-based atole, a warm and thick Mexican drink, prepared with Mexican chocolate, water, and milk, spiced with cinnamon sticks, anise, and sweetnened with piloncillo, and thickened with masa harina.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Steeping1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 (4-ounce) servings
Calories: 133kcal



  • In a large saucepan boil water with the two cinnamon sticks and anise star. Remove from the heat, cover and let the cinnamon sticks and anise star steep for about 1 hour. Remove the cinnamon sticks and anise star, return to low heat and slowly add the masa harina to the warm water, whisking until combined. Add milk, chocolate, and piloncillo.
  • Heat over medium heat just until boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until chocolate is completely melted and sugar is dissolved, whisking occasionally. Serve immediately.



Watch this video to learn how simple it is to make champurrado (chocolate atole).


Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 1mg