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Mexican Chocolate Substitute



Mexican Chocolate

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Can't find Mexican chocolate, or just don't have any on hand? This simple two-ingredient substitute is a good stand in:

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes


  • Semi-sweet chocolate or cocoa powder
  • Cinnamon


Replace the Mexican chocolate called for with an equal amount of semi-sweet chocolate. Then, add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon for every ounce of chocolate used.

For Mole Sauces: Swap in one Tablespoon of cocoa powder for every ounce of Mexican chocolate called for. Then, add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon for each Tablespoon of cocoa used.

Want to use the real deal, but having trouble locating it at the store?

You'll find Mexican chocolate on the Mexican Foods aisle at the grocery store. It's typically sold in a hexagonal cardboard box, and is often labeled as "drinking chocolate." Ibarra and Abuelita are two common brands to look for. If you don't find it there, check the coffee/hot cocoa aisle before you give up.

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