Mexican Hot Chocolate Atole | RECIPE

To pair with my mom's authentic Mexican tamales recipe, I have here her recipe for Mexican Atole. Atole is a hot cornflour drink that usually accompanies tamales. Some people may call this champurrado as opposed to atole but to me champurrado is really just chocolate flavored atole.


  • 3 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of water
  • 10 half cones of brown sugar a.k.a. piloncillo OR 2 full size cones
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of corn flour (Maseca)
  • 1 additional cup of water
  • 1 Mexican hot chocolate tablet (ex. ABUELITA or IBARRA Mexican Hot Chocolate Drink Tablets)

1. Simmer milk, water and the cinnamon stick together. Add piloncillo and stir until completely dissolved.

2. Mix 1 cup of water with the 1/2 cup of corn flour. You can sieve this little mixture into the milk mixture for a smoother blend.

3. Let the mixture come to a boil so it all thickens and then simmer for 15 minutes. All done, enjoy with your tamales!