Mexican spicy hot chocolate with red chili pepper
The Most Common Sides Served With Mexican Hot Chocolate
By Lauren Wood
Hot chocolate was once a bitter, lukewarm drink enjoyed by Mayans and other Mesoamerican cultures over 5,000 years ago, and while today's hot chocolate is generally sweeter and definitely more affordable, regional variations still abound. Mexican hot chocolate is one special variation that's even better with side dishes.
Mexican hot chocolate is rich and spicy, created from a blend of unsweetened chocolate, cinnamon, and chili powder. Both The Busy Abuelita and Isabel Orozco-Moore of Isabel Eats say that this drink pairs perfectly with marranitos, or Mexican gingerbread pigs, cute pig-shaped cookies made with molasses and cinnamon.
If you’re opting for champurrado, a thicker Mexican cocoa beverage made with cinnamon and corn flour for thickening, try pairing your cup with churros and tamales, whose crisp outsides and soft insides pair great with a warm drink. A cinnamon stick is also a classic accompaniment to any hot cocoa-based beverage.