Amazing Champurrado Custard – Deconstructed Mexican Chocolate Atole Dessert

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Last Updated on January 29, 2022 by Chef Mireille

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If you have ever had Mexican champurrado, you are going to love this Champurrado Custard Atole. In this delicious treat, Atole (cornmeal drink) is transformed into a rich and luscious custard and then topped with a decadent chocolate sauce.

This recipe is a bit of a departure from most of my recipes which depicts traditional recipes from around the world. Today’s recipe is all about celebrating Afrofuturism.

Custard with chocolate sauce in a Mexican bowl on a banana leaf

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Did you know that more enslaved people went to Mexico than came to the United States? Therefore, it is no surprise to find some commonality with the cuisines of Mexico that you can trace back to Africa. Chocolate (Cacao), Cornmeal and Coffee are ingredients that can be traced back to both the natives of South America as they were enjoying chocolate since pre hispanic encounters as well as the African influence.

Champurrado is a delicious fusion of these cultures. So let’s see how I transformed this classic Mexican drink into a rich and luscious representation of Mexican cuisine and African diaspora influence.

First of all, do you know what champurrado is and what is atole?

Are Champurrado and Atole the same?

Champurrado is a hot chocolate drink made also with masa harina as a thickening agent. Masa harina is lime and charcoal treated cornmeal found in many mainstream markets depending where you live and definitely available at any Mexican store.

Champurrado is traditionally served with churros (Mexican doughnuts) for breakfast.

Champurrado is a very common hot beverage you can find sold streetside in Mexico city and even here in my home town of NYC, there are street vendors that sell champurrado and tamales.

Basic atole is simply a cornmeal drink, similar to Haitian Akasan (although akasan is thicker), again showing these connections across the diaspora. However, when it is made with chocolate, it also goes by the name atole de chocolate as champurrado is basically an atole recipe with chocolate. The basic version is often called atol de elote.

Now are you ready to try this modern inspired recipe of adapted Atole de Chocolate?


photo of ingredients with labels
  • evaporated milk
  • vanilla extract
  • ½ cup cornmeal – although traditional champurrado would be made with masa harina, this version is made with standard yellow cornmeal
  • salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • eggs
  • heavy cream
  • instant espresso powder
  • vanilla extract
  • Mexican chocolate tablet – Nestle Abuelita or Ibarra are the best brands
  • butter

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How to make Champurrado Custard

  • In a bowl, combine the cornmeal (corn flour), salt, cinnamon and remaining water until you have a smooth paste.
mixing ingredients for champurrado custard
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs until very light and airy, about 10 minutes.
beating eggs for custard
  • In a large pot, boil, water, milk and vanilla.
  • Add cornmeal to the pot and simmer until it has thickened.
  • Add the eggs to the thick custard a little at a time, constantly whisking to avoid scrambling the eggs.
making champurrado custard in a pot
  • Transfer to a baking dish.
  • Bake in a water bath.
champurrado custard in a water bath
  • Meanwhile, make the chocolate sauce.
  • Leave to chill overnight in the refrigerator.
champurrado custard on a spoon with chocolate sauce over a bowl

How to serve Deconstructed Mexican Chocolate Atole Dessert

  • Although it can be served, warm or chilled, it is best when served at room temperature or a little warm.
  • Put some in a bowl. If it is still chilled, you may be able to use a knife to cut it into slices. Otherwise, use a spoon.
  • Top with the chocolate sauce.
  • If you like, you can garnish with fresh fruit like berries.
Champurrado Custard with chocolate sauce in a bowl
Champurrado Custard in a bowl on a banana leaf
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Mexican Inspired Deconstructed Champurrado Custard

Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 9 people
Calories: 282kcal


Custard Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 12 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup water
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 eggs

Chocolate Sauce Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Mexican chocolate tablet chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk


  • In a medium saucepan, combine water, milk and vanilla.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, combine the masa harina, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  • Add the remaining ½ cup of water to the mixture, a little at a time, until you have a smooth paste.
  • Reduce heat to low and add sweetened condensed milk to the pot and stir to combine.
  • On low heat, slowly add the thick cornmeal paste with a whisk, while stirring constantly to avoid any lumps.
  • Continue cooking at a low simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs until light and fluffy – about 10 minutes.
  • Add the eggs to the conrmeal a little at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Place the mixture in a square baking dish or in individual ramekins.
  • Now you must prepare the water bath.
  • Place the pan in a larger baking dish and add boiling water in the larger dish to reach halfway up the sides of the square baking dish.
  • Bake for 1 – 1 1/2 hour, until the custard is set.
  • Chill overnight in the refrigerator.
  • To make the chocolate sauce, heat the cream with the espresso powder and the vanilla.
  • Turn off the heat and add the chocolate. Stir to combine and leave it to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Add the butter and salt and mix well until smooth.


Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 551IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 211mg | Iron: 1mg
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