Is there a Specific Recipe that goes with the Mexican Song Bate bate chocolate?

Yesterday, we posted a request for information about the Mexican song "Bate bate chocolate".  Today, we found a slightly different version that may refer to a recipe.  Here it is:

Bate bate chocolate
(Spanish Lyrics)

Bate bate chocolate,
con arroz y con tomate
Uno, dos, tres, CHO!,
uno, dos, tres, CO!
Uno, dos, tres, LA!,
uno, dos, tres, TE!
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!*

English Translation:

Beat, beat the chocolate,
with rice and with tomato
One, two, three, "Cho"
One, two, three, "co"
One, two, three, "la"
One, two, three, "te"!
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! *

*In some alternate versions, the last line can repeat the first two lines: "Bate bate chocolate, con arroz y con tomate".

I’ve also seen references to another recipe which might be the subject of this song, one that includes the ingredients that the song lists, chocolate, rice and tomatoes.  Do you know this dish?  We’d love to hear about it and learn how to make it.

Thanks in advance for any info!

Mama Lisa

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4 Responses to “Is there a Specific Recipe that goes with the Mexican Song Bate bate chocolate?”

  1. kimber hawkey Says:

    I think that this is simply the idea of beating the hot chocolate so that it foams (there is a special utensil rolled in the hands) whereas the other two are just for rhyming perhaps. The horchata in Mexico is made with arroz, but never have heard of a recipe for either including tomatoes.

    Buena suerte!

    Kimber Hawkey
    French,Spanish,ESL Educator

  2. denise mirás Says:

    I think it’s only a rhyme, no more….!
    well, in Portuguese we have a lot of children’s songs that have no meaning at all, it’s just because the word sounds good!

  3. Betsy Diamant-Cohen Says:

    It is a rhyme about making hot chocolate the Mexican way, using a stirring device called a molinillo. Here is a recipe:

    And here is an article that talks about the molinillo and recites the rhyme to go along with it:

  4. Linda Wood Says:

    This is a rhyme about making mole, a stew with rice, tomatoes, meat and an unusual mix of spices and flavorings, including cocoa. When I teach it to my students, we also read the children’s book “Holy Mole,” the legend of how mole came to be. My students love the rhyme, game and book, since mole is considered quite a treat!

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