Warm Up On Cold Days With Traditional Latin Recipe

Jan 04, 12 Warm Up On Cold Days With Traditional Latin Recipe

Many of us have fond memories of sitting around in abuelita’s kitchen enveloped by a cloud of deliciously intoxicating smells while she whipped up one of her many culinary masterpieces. Probably one of the yummiest treats ever to come out of those kitchens was champurrado – the incomparable delight that is a chocolate atole. Warm and satisfying, this traditional corn flour-based drink is Latin comfort food at its best. While not all of us have access to ready-made atoles, we can all spring for a few basic ingredients and invest a few minutes in la cocina to recreate this perennial favorite. With this easy recipe courtesy of Gina Ruiz for Doña Lupe’s Kitchen, you will be sitting back and sipping your champurrado in no time:


  • 12 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of masa
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 disc of Mexican chocolate


Bring milk to a boil with the cinnamon sticks, then lower the heat and bring to a simmer while stirring occasionally to ensure it doesn’t boil over.

Mix the masa with a cup of water until it’s smooth and without lumps.  Strain and add slowly to the hot milk, stirring quickly to keep it from lumping up.  Add the chocolate and sugar stirring the mixture the whole while.  Simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes.  Serve hot.

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