Spicy Chocolate Sauce with Chili

Nov 1, 2020 | Sauces & Condiments

The people who discovered chocolate were the Mayans and the Incans. Both of these are ancient civilizations based in what we know now as Mexico. Mexico is famous for their knack in creating different flavors with chocolate.

Chocolate is Mexico can range from the normal chocolate candy bar to savory dishes and to spicy chocolate alternatives. Yes, we do mean chili chocolate. How interesting is it to be able to combine chili and chocolate together?

What does adding chili to chocolate do?

Adding chili to chocolate deepens the flavor of chocolate. A spicy chocolate also makes our bodies a little warmer. Adding chili to chocolate doesn’t mean making your chocolate very hot like hot sauce. Adding chili to chocolate is upgrades the chocolate flavor. It subtly blooms your taste buds into tasting the chocolate.

Chili in chocolate is an exciting combination. Chocolate is usually bold and intense. The chili amplifies the chocolate flavor and shrewdly stands out. It’s like wearing gold on gold – you can only go extra.

What kind of chocolate and chili is best to mix?

You can use any kind of chili pepper to add to your chocolate but the best is the ancho chili pepper. Ancho chili is the classic pepper because of its moderate heat. The objective of adding chili to chocolate is to bring out subtle flavors of both ingredients and not make it taste very hot. If you use chili peppers with moderate heat, you’ll be sure to have a pleasant chocolate-chili experience. Take note that chili peppers, most especially the fresh ones get stronger over time when you add them to the chocolate.

If you’re daring, try different kinds of pepper to add to chocolate. Try fresh, dried or ground. Our best suggestion is ancho because of its moderate heat with a note of sweetness. This is perfect with chocolate.

How to make spicy chocolate sauce with chili

Spicy chocolate sauce is a treat to make most especially if you’re a chili pepper fan. It’s so easy that you’ll be on your way to experimenting more and more with different kinds of peppers once you get a hang of it.

Choose your chocolate and pepper combination. In this recipe, we’re using cocoa powder and chili powder. No matter what kind of pepper you are using, make sure that you handle the chili with care. Wear gloves if you have to! If you’re using fresh chili, use just a little first and just add the chili if you think it’s not hot enough for you. If you’re using chili powder, follow our recipe.

In a saucepan, melt the butter and then whisk in the cocoa powder and chili powder. Whisk until the cocoa powder dissolves. Add the corn syrup and sugar and continue whisking until the sugar crystals dissolve. Lastly, add the heavy cream. Let the mixture simmer lightly to marry the ingredients.

If you want a thinner sauce, add some water. If you want to thicken your sauce, add some cornflour and let simmer until you reach the consistency that you like.

This delicious, mildly hot chocolate sauce is ready to serve!

What goes well with spicy chocolate sauce?

Spicy chocolate sauce can be treated just like any kind of dessert you want to add chocolate sauce too. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may add your spicy chocolate sauce to these desserts:

  1. Churros con Chocolate

Churros con chocolate is fried dough dipped in chocolate. It’s a nice kick to the fried dough to have a little bit of hotness and spice to every bite with spicy chocolate sauce!

  1. Pancakes or waffles

Have spicy chocolate sauce with your favorite American breakfast. This is a good way to wake up your taste buds in the morning or any time of the day!

  1. Profiteroles

Profiteroles are usually filled with whipped cream and demurely glazed with caramel or chocolate. Instead of using the normal chocolate sauce to glaze the top of the profiterole, use the spicy chocolate sauce to compliment the cream filling

Spicy Chocolate Sauce with Chili

This chocolate sauce tastes amazing paired with cakes, ice cream, churros and most sweets!
5 from 14 votes
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Servings: 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


  • 2 tbsp cacao
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp syrup
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream or condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp chili
  • 1 tbsp cornflour optional


  • Melt the butter and whisk in the cacao and chili.
  • Add the syrup, sugar and the heavy cream last.
  • Bring it up to a boil. Add water if you want a thinner consistency/add cornflour if you want a thicker consistency.
  • Serve with your favorite dessert or fruits.

Tips & Trix

If you want a sauce that fits more to savory dishes, then before step one add 50/50 stock + redwine and reduce the liquid before continuing with the other steps. Then add the sugar, syrup and heavy cream slowly and taste so it doesn’t get to sweet!


Sodium: 119mg | Calcium: 30mg | Vitamin A: 560IU | Sugar: 55g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 44mg | Cholesterol: 53mg | Calories: 492kcal | Saturated Fat: 16g | Fat: 25g | Protein: 3g | Carbohydrates: 66g


Hey there! I'm Isabel. I love cooking, dogs, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good flavorful food, to share with family and friends.



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