“Chilate” – A Popular Chocolate Beverage from Costa Chica, Guerrero

Chilate is a wonderful chocolate drink that is popular throughout the state of Guerrero, Mexico. Served very cold, it is a mixture of chocolate, rice, cinnamon, and brown sugar. The drink originates from the Costa Chica region of the state, where there is a high population of Afromexicans.Women making Chilate

An Afromexican woman from Cuajinicuilapa prepares and sells chilate, a popular drink throughout the state of  Guerrero.

You can find this drink in restaurants or beverage stands throughout the state. In Zihuatanejo, vendors sell chilate every Saturday morning at the Eco-Tiangus Organic Market, across from the museum.

Chilate, a mixture of chocolate and rice, is another example of the African influence in Mexico and the fusion of the African and indigenous cultures. Chocolate is indigenous to Mexico and Central America, where cacao beans have been cultivated for at least three millennia. Chocolate is a raw or processed food produced from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree that is native to the region.

Rice cultivation, and a major part of rice gastronomy, arrived in Mexico in the sixteenth century from the Senegal-Gambia region of West Africa, along with enslaved West Africans who were brought to Mexico at the time.

Recipe for Chilate “Guerrerense” Style

For a garrafón of water, you will need a half a kilo of cocoa, 400 grams of rice, and about 8 pesos of cinnamon. Grind the drink ingredients, add a little water, and grind again until the mixture becomes a paste that can be dissolved in water with sugar.

Chilate Ingredients:

  • 400 grams cocoa
  • 400 grams rice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 piece of brown sugar
  • Water as needed

How make Chilate step by step

  1. Toast the cocoa and peel.
  2. Soak rice with cinnamon and peeled and thieves.
  3. Dissolve the brown sugar in hot water (enough to make a syrup) and pour into a saucepan. Reserve.
  4. Grind the soaked mixture and strain 3 times
  5. Already strained, add brown sugar.
  6. Add ice

It’s best to show you!

El rico chilate que se hace en la costa chica de Guerrero.Video: Playa Ventura.

Posted by Cuajinicuilapa, Guerrero “La Perla Negra Del Pacífico” on Saturday, November 21, 2015

 

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