Mexican Atole Hot Drink Recipe

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Mexican Atole hot drink is sweet, thick and cinnamony – perfect to warm you on a cold winter day!

Mexican Atole Cornmeal Drink

This is an authentic Mexican recipe for Atole.  If you need 2 hot drinks for the winter season, that would be Mexican Hot Chocolate and Atole.  They are both thick and sweet, and one is brown and another one is white :)  Both these Mexican drinks are unique and will warm you from the inside out.  You need these thick comforting drinks in your life!

Hot To Make Atole

Mexican Atole is made with masa harina – a corn flour (it’s gluten-free).  Please do not substitute it with cornmeal – it won’t work.  The bag should actually say “Masa Harina” and you can get it in any large supermarket (in the section where they have different types of flour) or a Mexican supermarket.  And if you don’t feel like searching for it at the store, just click here to order Masa Harina on Amazon :)

Atole Drink With Masa Harina

How To Make Mexican Atole Drink

This authentic Atole recipe uses 6 simple ingredients – masa harina, milk, water, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.   Just combine and whisk all ingredients in a sauce pan, bring to simmer and cook on low heat, whisking every 30 seconds, for 7 minutes.  Sprinkle with extra cinnamon and serve hot! For the exact ingredient proportions, as always, see the printable recipe card on the bottom on this article.  Enjoy!

Mexican Atole Drink Recipe

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  • Mexican Enchiladas – have authentic Mexican enchiladas without leaving your house! They are so simple and easy to make!
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Mexican Atole Drink

This is the authentic recipe for Mexican Atole warm cornmeal drink. This stuff is so good! Perfect for Fall and Winter seasons!
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: masa harina
Cooking Method: Stovetop
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 164kcal


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  • Put all ingredients in a saucepan and mix with a whisk to combine. Heat over medium-high heat, whisking every 30 seconds, until the mixture starts simmering.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer, whisking every 30 seconds, for 7 minutes. Serve hot or warm.
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Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 1mg
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