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Savina Pepper Hot Chocolate Recipe

Spicy Mayan Hot Chocolate

This Spicy Mayan Hot Chocolate recipe is made with red Savina Habanero peppers, and it's a super delicious balance of sweet and spicy.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword hot drinks, spicy drinks, drinks with chocolate
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 to 4
Calories 464 kcal
Author Valentina K. Wein


  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • cups low fat milk
  • 2 teaspoons Red Savina Habanero peppers, seeds removed, roughly chopped (Wear gloves to roughly chop the peppers!)
  • 1 approximately (4-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • cup whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar


  1. Place the finely chopped chocolate in a large (approximately 4 cup), glass measuring beaker. Set aside.

  2. In a small to medium-sized saucepan, combine the milk, peppers, cinnamon stick, and sugar.
  3. Use a paring knife to slice open the vanilla bean horizontally. With the back of the knife, scrape the vanilla beans into the saucepan and add the emptied pod as well.
  4. Bring the mixture to a strong simmer and turn the heat to the lowest setting. Continue to let it simmer gently for about 15 minutes.
  5. Place a fine mesh strainer over the glass beaker with the chocolate and strain the milk mixture.
  6. Whisk until the chocolate has completely melted into the milk, about 1 minute.
  7. Add the powdered sugar to the whipping cream and whisk until it's thick. Pour the hot chocolate into two mugs and add a dollop of the cream on top of each one.

Recipe Notes

If this spicy chocolate vibe sounds good to you, you will also L O V E these Spicy Mayan Chocolate Truffles!