Mexican Atole (Cornmeal Drink) Recipe

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Mexican Atole (Cornmeal Drink) Recipe


How To Make Mexican Atole (Cornmeal Drink)

Indulge yourself in this Mexican atole or cornmeal drink for a comforting sip. It mixes milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract for a warming cup.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins


  • 1⁄2 cup masa harina, not cornmeal
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup milk, 2% or whole
  • 1⁄4 cup piloncillo, grated, or brown sugar, plus more if desired
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan combine masa harina, water, milk, piloncillo, and cinnamon. Whisk the mixture to combine. Bring it to a simmer over medium high heat, whisking often.

  2. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes, whisking often, until the desired consistency is reached.

  3. Remove the atole from the heat and whisk in the vanilla.
  4. Serve hot or warm with a pinch of cinnamon to garnish. Enjoy!


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