Growing up in Texas, I encountered many cold snowy days, walking home from elementary school through freezing slush and icy sidewalks. Melting icicles dripped in symphony from the mulberry trees that lined my street and fireplaces permeated the air with burning mesquite. Coming home to the smell of champurrado in the making was as if a welcoming, soft fleece blanket covered me in warmth and comfort.

The long freezing walks made it all worthwhile to finally experience that particular moment when my mom handed me the thick, steaming clay mug, filled with creamy champurrado.   The chocolate masa beverage in the mug warmed my hands and my mom’s gesture truly warmed my heart.

We especially enjoyed it at our December posadas next to tamales on our plate ,  or as a cozy breakfast drink accompanying our huevos rancheros at our breakfast table.

Champurrado is customarily prepared in the winter around the holidays.  I’ve made several variations of it by adding anise or vanilla bean.  It really is up to the taster’s preference on what version is the best.

This recipe below is my favorite way to enjoy a nice frothy cup of champurrado.  Create your own by experimenting with winter spices and sweet additions.



Yield: 4


  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup Maseca (corn flour)
  • 1 Mexican chocolate tablet
  • 2 medium piloncillo cones
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or 2 large cinnamon sticks)
  • 1 anise star


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, whisk to bled flour with water until thickened. About 6 minutes. Add chocolate tablet, piloncillo, anise star and cinnamon and continue whisking until chocolate and piloncillo have melted.
  2. Add milk gradually, continuing to whisk until all ingredients are mixed well. Remove anise star and cinnamon sticks. Serve hot.


Otra vez… en español!

Ericka Sanchez

November 27, 2012
November 29, 2012


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    Yvette ~ Muy Bueno

    November 28, 2012

    LOVE your beautiful mugs and cutting boards. Gorgeous photos girl!

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      November 28, 2012

      Thanks Yvette!

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    Isabel Garcia

    November 28, 2012

    Awesome post and photos! This is one of my mom’s favorite morning and evening drinks on chilly days con pan dulce.

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      November 28, 2012

      Thank you Isabel! It’s the best tasting with pan dulce, yum!!

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    November 28, 2012

    love this recipe AND those super cozy, beautiful mugs!

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      November 28, 2012

      Thank you Valentina!

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    Anne Younger

    November 28, 2012

    This post makes me want to curl up with a blanket in front of the fireplace!

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    November 28, 2012

    Wow, I have never heard of Champurrado – but sounds delish!!!

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    Meagan Paullin

    November 28, 2012

    I was so distracted by the awesomeness of that board that I could barely read anything else, lol.

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    November 28, 2012

    I never heard of CHampurrado but it sounds wonderful! I love the mug:)

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    November 28, 2012

    Thanks for sharing. I’m always looking for different drinks to serve at our cookie exchange. I think that this might make the list.

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    Jasmine Forte

    November 28, 2012

    That sounds soooo good right now! I’ll bring the sweet bread! 🙂

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    November 28, 2012

    Yo quiero champurrado! Estoy enfermita y me caería de maravilla!

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    Presley's Pantry

    November 28, 2012

    Mmmmmmmm Champurrado sounds perfect for today’s cold….. I could taste it just by looking at the pics. 🙂

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    Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™

    November 29, 2012

    I need those mugs! Like now. Que rico.

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    Justice Jonesie

    November 29, 2012

    Looks delicious- and agree with Bren- beautiful mugs!

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    Shelby Barone

    November 29, 2012

    Wow!! Your photos are amazing!! Just amazing!!!

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    Eva Smith

    November 29, 2012

    Champurado! My favorite drink during the holidays. Delicious!

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    December 9, 2012

    I will be making this champurado i know it will make me feel warm and cozy. Would love tO know where I can get the board and mugs, thanks

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    December 18, 2013

    I Just made this!! Thank you so much for sharing! It came out amazing! I’ve tried other recipes trying to mock my Tia’s to die for chamurrado…this has been the closest I’ve gotten.

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      December 19, 2013

      I’m so glad you liked it Mayra! Happy Holidays!