Spanish Hot Chocolate (Chocolate A La Taza Casero)

A Classic Spanish Hot Chocolate Recipe For A Velvety Hot Beverage!

Looking to fill a chocolate craving and want a hot drink at the same time? A traditional Spanish hot chocolate is definitely the treat for you!

Made from melted chocolate and milk, this thickened beverage – also known as Chocolate A La Taza Casero or Chocolate Caliente – is just like drinking a chocolate bar… because it basically is.

Spanish hot chocolate is super smooth and creamy, decadently sweet, and warms you up. It’s perfect for date night, holiday guests, or just to enjoy bundled up on the couch by a fire!

white mug of thick spanish hot chocolate with churros dipped in
A Spanish hot chocolate and a classic Spanish churros – no better food duos around!

Spanish hot chocolate is extremely popular across many parts of Spain. It enjoyed in cafes or even at home for breakfast. Lisa had it many times while living in Spain.

Of course, it’s hard to imagine a mug of Spanish hot chocolate without it’s sidekick – churros!

Spanish hot chocolate and churros go together perfectly. The soft and fried dough dips into the creamy chocolate like it was made for dunking.

You can check out our recipe for Spanish churros to go along with the hot chocolate. Trust us, you’ll be coming back for more bite after bite.

mug of thick spanish hot chocolate with plate of churros behind
Churros hiding behind the Spanish hot chocolate… awaiting their dips!

Our Spanish hot chocolate recipe is really easy to make.

The most important thing to remember is to have a decent quality melting chocolate, enough milk to spare, and corn starch to thicken it.

With those ingredients taken care of, you’re basically good to go.

Just remember that this is a thickened hot chocolate. This Spanish hot chocolate will likely end up much thicker and richer than the hot chocolate you’re used to (if you’re in North America)!

How to Make Spanish Hot Chocolate – Step-by-Step

If you want a smooth cup of Spanish hot chocolate, you can follow the recipe card in the bottom of this post.

And if you want to be able to see the recipe process steps as you make your hot chocolate, you can check out the process photos below.

This way, you’ll know whether or not you are on the right track!

chunks of chocolate bar on white paper towel
Prepare your chocolate.

First, break your chocolate bar into smaller pieces. We like using chocolate with at least 70 % cocoa but you can experiment with this and adjust it to your preference.

If you use chocolate with less cocoa or milk chocolate, your hot chocolate will end up being sweeter.

milk boiling on stovetop in pot
Bring the milk to a boil.

Pour the milk into a small pot and bring it to a boil on the stovetop. Stir occasionally.

chunks of chocolate melting in milk in silver pot
In go the chunks of chocolate – keep stirring!

Once the milk is boiling, remove the pot from the heat and add the chocolate pieces.

Let the chocolate melt while stirring regularly.

melting chocolate in milk in pot for spanish hot chocolate
Milk and melted chocolate.

Wait until the chocolate is fully melted.

If the milk gets too cold while you wait for the chocolate to melt, you can place it back on the stove for a minute or two.

However, usually the chocolate melts quickly enough and this step is not necessary.

corn starch in milk in mug ready to be mixed
Dissolve the cornstarch.

In a mug, dissolve the cornstarch in a little bit of milk. Stir rigorously to make sure that there are no lumps.

Add the milk with the dissolved cornstarch into the pot once all the chocolate has melted.

Also, add the sugar if you want your hot chocolate to have a slightly sweeter taste.

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Waiting for the hot chocolate to thicken.

Then place the pot back on the stove on low heat and whisk for 5-10 minutes until the hot chocolate has thickened.

white mug of spanish hot chocolate with plate of churros behind
Thick Spanish hot chocolate – ready to be sipped or dipped in!

Once the Spanish hot chocolate has thickened, pour it into two mugs and serve it right away. It taste great with some Spanish churros!

white mug of thick spanish hot chocolate with churros dipped in

Spanish Hot Chocolate

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Spanish hot chocolate - also called chocolate a la taza casero - is the perfect hot drink! Made from melted chocolate and milk and thickened with corn starch, this silky smooth hot chocolate is like drinking a delicious, melted chocolate bar. It's perfect to enjoy with freshly fried churros!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 5 oz dark chocolate at least 70% cocoa (approx. 140 grams)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons white sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Break up the chocolate into small pieces.
  2. Pour the milk into a small pot and bring it to a boil on the stovetop.
  3. Once boiling, remove the pot from the heat and add the chocolate pieces. Let the chocolate melt and stir occasionally. If the milk gets too cold while you wait for the chocolate to melt, place it back on the stove for just a minute (this shouldn't happen though).
  4. In a mug, dissolve the cornstarch in 2 tablespoons of milk. Add the dissolved cornstarch to the pot once all the chocolate has melted. Also, add the sugar if you want your hot chocolate to taste slightly sweeter (optional).
  5. Place the pot back on the stove on low heat and whisk constantly for 5-10 minutes until the hot chocolate has thickened. You'll notice the hot chocolate thickening by watching the simmering bubbles come up through the liquid.
  6. Remove the pot from the stove once the hot chocolate has thickened and pour it into mugs. Serve right away - it tastes great with homemade churros!

Notes

  • The corn starch can take a few minutes to thicken the hot chocolate. At the same time, don't leave hot chocolate that has thickened enough on the stovetop for much longer - it can thin again.
  • Remember that it is much thicker and richer than hot chocolate in many other countries - so you likely don't need a lot of it.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 609Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 130mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 5gSugar: 59gProtein: 12g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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