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¡Atole, pues! Posted by on Oct 3, 2008 in Spanish Culture

Have you ever had “atole”? Atole is a traditional cornstarch-based Mexican and Central American hot drink. Chocolate atole is known as champurrado and it’s typically accompanied with tamales (in Brazil they have pamonha).
This drink includes masa (corn meal), water, piloncillo (small blocks or bricks of unrefined solid cane sugar, rapadura), cinnamon, vanilla and optional chocolate or fruit. The mixture is blended and heated before serving. It can also be prepared with rice flour or oatmeal in place of masa. Although atole is one of the traditional drinks of the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, it is very common during breakfast and dinnertime at any time of year. It is usually sold as street food.
There are some very interesting idioms using the word atole, check them out.

Dar atole con el dedo: to swindle, to cheat.
Tener sangre de atole: to be cold, or slow (said of a person)
Con la que entiende de atole, escoba y metate, con esa cásate: Look for a wife who can cook, keep a house and sew. Usually said in rural areas.
Más vale atole con risas que chocolate con lágrimas: Better be poor and live happily than with luxuries but sadly.
No se puede chiflar y beber atole: You can’t do two things well at once. In Portuguese they say “You can’t whistle and eat sugar cane.”
Si con atolito vamos sanando, pues atolito vámosle dando: If a method or way of doing things is effective, let’s keep it instead of making up a new one.
Como dueño de mi atole, lo menearé con un dedo: I can do whatever I want with what’s mine.
Contigo la milpa es rancho y el atole champurrado: Life looks wonderful when I’m with you. (tipically Mexican)

Here’s a very easy atole recipe in Spanish. Try preparing it and tell us how it tasted!


1 1/2 litro de jugo de fresa o fresas molidas
275 gramos de masa “como la de las tortillas”
2 tazas de agua
Azúcar a tu gusto
canela al gusto


Comienza hirviendo el jugo de fresa y la canela diluyendo la masa en la tasa, después de eso agrega el agua poco a poco hasta que todo esté completamente mezclado. Mueve constantemente y agrégale el azucar. Bájale la temperatura y deja reposar durante 10 minutos.

Hope you like it!

See you next time.

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English / Spanish teacher and translator for over 20 years. I have been blogging since 2007 and I am also a professional singer in my spare time.