Lover's chilli hot chocolate recipe

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So, its that time of the year again to celebrate the most overrated and expensive day. I am not a Valentine's day person. I don't agree with paying double the price to book tables in restaurants just to sit with a bunch of other strangers and claim to celebrate love. Why not make something for our loved one's with our own bare hands? It takes just 10 minutes!

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IngredientsServes: 2

  • 85g good quality plain chocolate, chopped
  • 1 pinch of chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 125ml cream
  • 350ml full fat milk
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons any malted drink powder
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons sweetened hot chocolate powder
  • marshmallows for decoration

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:5min ›Ready in:15min

  1. Combine the chocolate pieces, chilli flakes, vanilla and cream in a measuring jug. Microwave on high for no more than 20 to 30 seconds. Take care, as chocolate burns easily.
  2. Remove from microwave, stir till smooth. Add the milk, then microwave for 1 minute on high. Stir in the powders, mix till smooth and microwave for another minute. Check the temperature; if you want it hotter, heat for a further 30 to 45 seconds.
  3. Divide between two tall glass mugs and top with marshmallows. Sprinkle a few chilli flakes over top for that extra sizzle!

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  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole dried ancho chile pod, split
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 5 ounces mezcal
  • Chile powder, cocoa nib, and/or dark chocolate shavings for garnish

In medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt. Stir in milk, 2 cinnamon sticks, ancho chile, and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat until, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely homogenize mixture. Simmer over low heat, whisking occasionally, until fragrant, about 10 minutes. Carefully drain and discard chile and cinnamon sticks

Return to pot and add mezcal. Heat through. Using a hand blender, a milk frother, or a whisk, beat chocolate until foamy, then divide into four glasses. Garnish with chile powder, cocoa nib (or chocolate shavings), and a cinnamon stick. Serve immediately

Ingredients and substitutions:

Freshly ground meat is always the best if you can get it. No surprise there.

For me, chili is a chance to clean out the freezer. Besides ground beef, try adding leftover beef roast or grilled meat, ground up in the food processor.

Ground turkey will substitute for the pork.

Have some frozen pork chops or loin chops that need to be used? Barely thaw them, cut into 1-inch chunks and use your food processor to process them into ground pork.

I don&rsquot have a hunter in my family, but ground deer or venison is a viable option when available.


Substitute frozen onions for fresh onions if you are sensitive to fresh onions. If I&rsquom in a hurry, using frozen onions is a timesaver. Also, they&rsquove never made me cry.


Since this recipe was first published, I&rsquove changed the way I put this chili recipe together. The spices go into the pot after the onions have been softened in oil but before the meat is added. This gives the spices a chance to &ldquobloom&rdquo and intensifies the flavor.


My favorite tomatoes are the Red Gold Brand. Use your own favorite. I use one can of crushed tomatoes and one can of diced tomatoes. Suit yourself or use what you have in the pantry.

Corn Masa:

If you don&rsquot have corn masa hanging around the house and don&rsquot want to buy a whole bag for two tablespoons, you can substitute flour or even leave it out.


This recipe for chocolate in chili calls for semi-sweet baking chocolate. If you prefer, use bittersweet or dark chocolate for less sugar.

Cocoa is a possible substitute for solid chocolate. I have not tried it with this recipe, so I can&rsquot give you a specific amount.

Have you ever tried the Chocolate Hummus sold at Trader Joe&rsquos? (I see that other stores have versions of this product, but I haven&rsquot tried them so can&rsquot recommend them from personal experience.)

This may sound crazy but instead of hummus and corn masa, dump a container of this chocolate hummus into your chili. It is the BOMB! I&rsquom tellin&rsquo ya. Stir it in. It couldn&rsquot be easier.

The flavor is indescribable. The velvety smooth beans in the hummus give the chili some body and thickness while the chocolate smooths out the flavors and ties it all up with a scrumptious bow.

Hot chocolate

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It was the UK’s own Sir Hans Sloane, best known for the swathes of land in and around Chelsea that he purchased, who first promoted using cow’s milk in chocolate drinks. Sloane was a physician who had observed the positive effect “prescriptions” of cocoa from local Jamaican doctors had on all manner of ailments when he was working on the island. When Sloane returned to London he proposed that it could only be healthier mixed with calcium-rich, fresh cow’s milk as well. It was still over a hundred years before milk in chocolate drinks became as common as it now, mainly due to people’s lack of access to either cocoa beans or fresh milk.

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Allow the pie to cool completely before serving with ice cream or whipped cream and a beautiful honey drizzle. Sprinkle with sea salt before serving and enjoy!

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Café Angelina’s Chocolat L’Africain (deliciously decadent hot chocolate)
This recipe serves 2 small cups, or one large cup. 2 serious chocolate lovers should double it!

1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp of confectioners’ sugar (aka powdered sugar)
4 oz of chopped 72% Omanhene brand bittersweet chocolate (you may use another brand here, but ensure that it is close to 70% cocoa. We chopped up half of a Lindt 70% bar, found in the baking section of our regular grocery store.)

Heat the milk, cream, and sugar over medium high heat until bubbles are created around the pot.
Remove the pot from heat. Add the bittersweet chocolate.
Stir until melted adjusting heat as needed. Serve topped with whipped cream.

Luxurious chilli hot chocolate recipe

The perfect beverage to warm up on a winter's eve. This recipe involves red chilli, cream, plenty of good quality chocolate and vanilla ice cream.


  • 100 g 70% plain chocolate
  • 50 g 70% plain chocolate, grated
  • 1 small red chilli
  • 300 ml full fat milk
  • 100 ml double cream
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries and raspberries to serve
  • 3.5 oz 70% plain chocolate
  • 1.8 oz 70% plain chocolate, grated
  • 1 small red chilli
  • 10.6 fl oz full fat milk
  • 3.5 fl oz double cream
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries and raspberries to serve
  • 3.5 oz 70% plain chocolate
  • 1.8 oz 70% plain chocolate, grated
  • 1 small red chilli
  • 1.3 cups full fat milk
  • 0.4 cup double cream
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries and raspberries to serve


  • Cuisine: English
  • Recipe Type: Drink
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Preparation Time: 5 mins
  • Cooking Time: 5 mins
  • Serves: 2


  1. In a pan warm the cream and milk together and let the chilli steep in the mixture for 5-10 minutes (dependent on required heat).
  2. Remove the chilli and grate the 100g of Peruvian chocolate in to the mix, heating and stirring as you go until it is all melted in.
  3. Add your pinch of salt.
  4. Whisk until frothy and pour in to big mugs.
  5. Top with a ball of vanilla ice cream ball and the remaining grated chocolate.
  6. Dip your fresh fruits into the chocolate whilst drinking.

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Spicy Aztec Hot Chocolate

Want the best hot cocoa recipe ever? I thought you might! This spicy Aztec Hot Chocolate is my all-time favorite. It's made with real chocolate, spiced with cinnamon and vanilla, and has a little kick from a chili pepper. It's the best!

Cozy up, friends! I've brought us mugs of steaming hot cocoa.

This isn't your ordinary hot chocolate recipe. This is hot chocolate for grownups.

It's thick and rich and gives your tongue a deliciously spicy kick with each sip. Hot cocoa should always be Spicy Aztec Hot Chocolate.

This delicious drink/ cocktail/ dessert (you choose!) is made by melting real dark chocolate into milk – or in my case, almond milk. Using chocolate instead of cocoa powder means the hot chocolate turns out nice and thick and has a rich flavor that you just can't get with the powdered stuff.

Once the chocolate melts, it's infused with vanilla, cinnamon, and spicy chili pepper. The longer you let the chili pepper sit in the pot, the spicier your Aztec hot chocolate will be. I like to let it sit for at least 10 minutes to maximize the spiciness.

You can keep it on the mellow side if that suits your taste.

I need to let you in on a little secret. This is all about making faux homemade marshmallows. ← Yes, that is a thing.

Did you see those little marshmallow squares up there? They're not real. Or they're not real homemade marshmallows, anyway.

They were a happy accident born out of wanting to have homemade marshmallows in the pictures and being too lazy to make them. Truth!

You can make your own lazy marshmallows by melting some storebought ones then pouring the caramel flecked batter into a parchment paper-lined tray. Once they cool, you can cut them into pieces and pop them in your spicy Aztec hot chocolate.

Even though they swap their fluffiness for chewiness, they are still delicious.

From your love life to hot chocolate, a little spiciness makes everything better. The Aztecs knew this they were the inventors of a spicy chocolate drink called xocoatl. Rather than sweeten their chocolate with sugar, they added fiery chilies for a spicy and bitter drink.

They were onto something.

Warm, thick and super chocolaty, this hot chocolate is a lot like dessert. The dark chocolate mellows the chili's spiciness while the cinnamon adds warmth without the heat. I prefer mine on the bitter side adjust the sugar to your taste.

I can imagine serving this in tiny ornate glasses after a dinner party. It would be equally welcomed sipped from a thermos while snowshoeing. What I'm wishing for now is a fireplace to curl up in front of with a mug of this spicy hot chocolate and a good book. My imagination will have to fill in for the fireplace.

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Watch the video: Chilli Hot Chocolate. Everyday Gourmet S8 E81 (November 2021).