Best Hot Chocolate Recipe with Chilli

best hot chocolate recipe

As winter approaches, the best thing to warm you up is none other than a cup of hot chocolate. But your average hot chocolate recipe will just not do!

This hot chocolate is our all-time favorite. It is made with real chocolate, spiced with cinnamon and vanilla, and has a little kick from a chili pepper. It’s the best!


  • 1 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • 4 cups of milk (I like almond but regular dairy milk would work, too)
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of salt (x2)
  • 2 chili pepper, split in half and seeds removed
  • 28 tablespoons coconut sugar, depending on taste (you can sub brown sugar or honey)
  • 2 shots of brandy (optional)

Serves 2


  1. Melt the chocolate with a little milk in a small pot over medium heat. Whisk in the remaining milk, the cinnamon, vanilla, and dash of salt. Add the chili pepper to the pot and bring the pot almost to a boil. Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for 10 mins. Remove and discard the chili pepper.
  2. Whisk in the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, and taste until it is a sweetness you like. If you are using the brandy, add it to the pot.
  3. Pour the spicy hot chocolate into mugs and enjoy!

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