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Recipe: Champurrado

Recipe by Yolanda De Montijo Photograph by Laurie Frankel

Here is a recipe for Champurrado, a warm Mexican drink made from masa harina and chocolate.

Though masa harina is used to make tamales, this drink is nothing like a blended tamale and more like a rich, thickened hot chocolate.

1/4 cup masa harina
2 cups water

2 cups milk
1 round Mexican chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cones piloncillo (about one ounce each), chopped (or substitute 2 ounces granulated sugar)
1 pinch ground anise seed (optional)

In a large pot, over medium high heat, mix the masa harina together with the water using a whisk, until it is thoroughly blended.

Add the rest of the ingredients, and whisk vigorously until chocolate and sugar are melted and blended and a slight froth forms.

Ladle into mugs.

Serve hot, sip slowly and enjoy.

Serves 2–4

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