How to Make a Traditional Cocoa and Chili Pepper Infusion

Elevate your culinary game with a cocoa and chili pepper recipe. Toast cocoa, roast chili peppers, and blend with achiote for a rich paste. Add honey, water, and blend for a spicy, frothy delight that balances intense flavors with sweet harmony.

How to Make a Traditional Cocoa and Chili Pepper Infusion
Toasted cocoa meets roasted chili peppers in our cocoa and chili pepper creation.

When it comes to culinary adventures, there's something uniquely satisfying about blending unexpected flavors and spices. Today, we're diving headfirst into the world of Mexican cuisine with a recipe that combines the rich bitterness of cocoa with the fiery kick of chili peppers. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds and impress your guests with this delectable cocoa and chili pepper infusion.

Ingredients That'll Make Your Taste Buds Dance:

  • 220 grams of toasted and peeled cocoa
  • 8 grams of dried chili peppers
  • 4 grams of coarse pepper
  • 5 grams of achiote
  • 100 grams of honey
  • 1.6 kilograms of water

Let's Get Cooking:

1. Toast the Fat Pepper:
Begin by toasting your fat pepper. It's the first step to unlocking the smoky, earthy flavors that will complement the cocoa and chili.

2. Roast and Grind the Dried Chili Peppers:
Take those dried chili peppers and roast them to perfection. Then, grind them in a mill to create a flaky texture. This step is crucial as it infuses the dish with the spicy essence that will give your cocoa creation its signature heat.

3. The Magic Blend:
Now, it's time to create the heart of your dish. Using a grain mill, give your toasted cocoa a preliminary grind. But hold on, we're not stopping there. Mix in the chili flakes, coarse pepper, and achiote. Grind this mixture three times, making sure to squeeze the butterfly of the mill with each turn. This will result in a smoother paste that beautifully combines the cocoa's depth with the chili's intensity.

4. Creamy Consistency:
Transfer the paste you've created into a blender or chocolate maker. This is where the magic happens. With the paste inside, add your warm water and let it blend for one whole minute. You'll start to notice a consistent foam forming, which is precisely what you're looking for.

5. Sweet Harmony:
Without stopping the blending process, gently pour in the honey. The addition of honey balances out the intense flavors and adds a touch of sweetness to the mix. Continue blending until everything is well incorporated.

6. Serve and Savor:
Your cocoa and chili pepper infusion is now ready to be enjoyed. Pour it into a cup or glass, and don't forget to admire the beautiful frothy top. Each sip will take your taste buds on a journey from the earthy cocoa base to the fiery crescendo of chili heat, all while a hint of honey sweetness lingers on your palate.

Pouring honey into the mix, adding the perfect touch of sweetness to our cocoa and chili pepper delight.


  • For a smoother taste, you can grind the cocoa beans and chili peppers into a powder before adding them to the blender or chocolate maker.
  • If you don't have a grain mill, you can grind the cocoa beans and chili peppers in a food processor or blender. However, it may take a bit longer to achieve a smooth consistency.
  • You can adjust the amount of chili pepper and honey to your taste.
  • The drink is best served chilled. You can enjoy it on its own or add it to ice cream, milkshakes, or smoothies.

Next time you are looking for a sweet treat, try making this cocoa and chili pepper infusion instead of reaching for a sugary soda or candy bar. It is a delicious and healthy alternative that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.