Mexican Hot Chocolate Mousse

158 minutes
6 servings
Mexican Hot Chocolate Mousse
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large egg yolks
granulated sugar
1/4 cup
heavy cream
1 1/2 cups
1/4 tsp.
bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
6 oz
vanilla extract
1/2 tsp.
1/2 tsp.
chili powder
1/4 tsp.
cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp.
Whipped cream
Shaved chocolate
Chili powder



  1. In a medium mixing bowl, USE an electric hand mixer to WHIP together egg yolks and granulated sugar on high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  2. HEAT 3/4 cup of the heavy cream and salt in a saucepan on the stovetop over low heat until hot but not boiling, about 3 minutes. WHISK egg mixture constantly while slowly pouring in warm cream mixture to temper egg yolks. POUR mixture back into the saucepan. COOK over low heat, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens slightly and reaches 160-degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about  3-5 minutes.
  3. STRAIN egg mixture into a clean bowl through a fine mesh strainer. Immediately STIR in chopped chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, chili powder, and cayenne pepper until chocolate is melted. TRANSFER to the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Using a hand mixer, WHIP remaining heavy cream until stiff peaks form. FOLD whipped cream into chocolate mixture until combined.
  5. PIPE or SPOON into small 4 oz. dessert cups or mugs. CHILL for 1-2 hours. TOP with whipped cream and GARNISH with shaved chocolate, cinnamon, and chili powder.