Azteca Cocoa Rice Pudding recipe

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4 cups water
2 cups white rice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 cups milk
1 cup white sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutrition Info

313.5 calories
carbohydrate: 68.7 g
cholesterol: 4.9 mg
fat: 2.4 g
fiber: 2.9 g
protein: 6.5 g
saturatedFat: 1.3 g
servingSize: -
sodium: 32.3 mg
sugar: 28.1 g
transFat: : -
unsaturatedFat: : -


  1. Combine water, rice, and cinnamon in a large pot, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, cover pot, and simmer until all the water has been absorbed, about 20 minutes.

  2. Mix milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cayenne pepper, and vanilla extract into rice mixture, increase heat to high, cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Remove pot from heat and pour pudding into a large glass bowl, let sit for 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe Yield

8 servings

Recipe Note

The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the God of wisdom who was hated by the other gods for giving cacao to humans. The seeds had so much value they were used as a form of currency. Originally prepared only as a drink, chocolate was served bitter and spicy. Often this gift from the gods was reserved for royalty and religious leadership. It was believed to give strength and so was added to a soldier's rations. Later it was seen as an aphrodisiac which made it much more popular. I have used their spirit as inspiration for this sweet and spicy rice pudding.

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