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Dirty Chai Latte Recipe – Tea Coffee & Drinks

Dirty Chai Latte is a warm, spicy, and mildly sweet tea drink filled with flavors of fresh chai masala powder and espresso coffee. Dirty Chai is nothing but the masala chai an Indian spiced tea that is usually mixed with a shot of espresso and topped with milk foam. The recipe I have shared here shows you how to make Dirty Chai Latte with easy step-by-step instructions for you to try at home.

I have also shared a detailed video of this recipe that makes the cooking process simple and clear. This homemade Dirty Chai Latte is one of the best winter drinks to enjoy on cold days and you can also relish the Iced Dirty Chai Latte on hot summer days.

Dirty Chai Latte in a cup
Dirty Chai Latte
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What is Dirty Chai Latte?

Dirty Chai Latte or Dirty Chai Tea is a warm, spicy, and mildly sweet drink with a punch of espresso in it. It is nothing but an authentic Indian masala chai mixed with a shot of espresso coffee and milk foam.

This Dirty Chai Latte is usually served warm or iced topped with milk foam and chai masala powder. It is also one of the popular drinks in Starbucks and similar fast-food chains across the globe.

Ingredients

The ingredients you will need to make this Dirty Chai Latte are basic kitchen staples. And I guess you might already have it in your pantry. If not they should be easily accessible in your local grocery stores around.

Dirty Chai Latte Ingredients
Dirty Chai Latte Ingredients
  • Milk – I have used whole milk here but you can also use non-dairy milk like oat milk, almond milk and similar others
  • Black Tea Powder – Usually black tea powder works well for making tea but you can also use tea bags if that is handy
  • Chai Masala Powder – I have use homemade Chai Masala powder here, but you can also add fresh ginger and spices
  • Espresso Coffee – Starbucks adds 1 or 2 shots of espresso coffee to Dirty Chai but you can also use regular coffee to achieve similar taste and flavor
  • Frothed Milk or Whipping Cream – I have used whipped cream here but you can also use frothed milk.

How to make Dirty Chai Latte?

The Dirty Chai Latte made with recipe . The Starbucks-style I have shared here is Starbucks-style Dirty Chai Latte made with homemade chai masala powderOld milk, espresso coffee, and black tea. I haven’t frothed the milk here, instead, I have used whipped cream for a decadent treat. So let’s see how to make this delicious drink at home.

Dirty Chai Latte in a cup
Dirty Chai Latte

Following are the high-level instructions to make this recipe but for detailed step-by-step instructions with photo and video, please check out the recipe card below.

  • Prepare masala chai– In a saucepan with medium heat, pour milk and add black tea powder, chai masala powder, brown sugar. And mix well until everything combines
  • Bring Tea to Boil – Allow the chai tea is to puff up and remove from heat. And reserve it for later use
  • Serve – In a tall serving glass, add ¼ cup of espresso coffee, filter the prepared masala chai and then top it with some whipping cream.

Iced Dirty Chai Latte

To prepare the iced version, allow the masala chai or the tea mixture to chill for at least 2 hours. Then in a serving glass, add a lot of ice cubes and pour the espresso coffee, tea mixture, and top it with frothed milk or whipping cream.

You could also find similar Ice Drinks below.

Tips

  • Taste and Flavor Chai Masala Powder used here gives the fresh and authentic flavor to this drink but you can also add fresh ginger and spices to achieve the same
  • Espresso Coffee – To make the tea dirty usually we need espresso coffee but you can also add other strong coffee decoction that delivers simialr results
  • Milk – I have used whole milk to make this latte and heavy whipping cream for a decatent cafe style drink, but you can also use non-diary milk like almond milk, oat milk and similar others
  • Serving – Serve this homemade Starbucks style Dirty Chai Latte with heavy whipping cream and chai masala. You can also chill the masala chai or tea mixture and add lot of ice cubes while serving it. You can also add frothed milk instead of whipping cream

Calories

The Dirty Chai Latte that I have shared here contains 111 calories per serving. And it is just an estimation by the nutrition calculator. The calorie count may change if any of the ingredients are changed. You could also check the detailed nutritional information in the recipe card below.

Storage Suggestions

You can store this drink in the refrigerator for a day without adding toppings. I recommend the stored drink for the iced version to enjoy it as cold. And it will not be fresh with flavors if you are planning to reheat for a warm or hot version.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this homemade latte topped with heavy whipping cream and sprinkle with some chai masala powder. Even though I have used whipped cream here, you can also froth the milk to top the drink using a jar method that I have shown in chai tea latte making.

You could also find similar Starbucks Style drinks below and more at Late Recipes.

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Dirty Chai Latte Recipe video

I have also shared a detailed video of this Dirty Chai Latte below that I hope will help you to make a perfect Starbucks-style drink at home. And you could also find this recipe in story format.

Dirty Chai Latte Video

📖 Recipe

Yield: 2 cups

Dirty Chai Latte

Dirty Chai Latte in a cup

Dirty Chai Latte is a warm, spicy, and mildly sweet tea drink filled with flavors of fresh chai masala powder and espresso coffee. Dirty Chai is nothing but the Masala Chai an Indian spiced tea that is usually mixed with a shot of espresso and topped with milk foam. This homemade Dirty Chai Latte is one of the best winter drinks to enjoy on cold days and you can also relish the Iced Dirty Chai Latte on hot summer days.

Prep Time
5 minutes

Cook Time
10 minutes

Total Time
15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1½ cup Milk

  • ¼ cup Espresso Coffee

  • 2 tsp Black Tea Powder

  • ¼ tsp Chai Masala Powder

  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar

  • Whipping Cream, optional

Notes

  • Taste and Flavor – Chai Masala Powder used here gives the fresh and authentic flavor to this drink but you can also add fresh ginger and spices to achieve the same
  • Espresso Coffee – To make the tea dirty usually espresso coffee is added but you can also add other strong coffee decoction that delivers similar results
  • Milk – I have used whole milk to make this latte and heavy whipping cream for ant cafe-style drink, but decade you can also use non-dairy milk like almond milk, oat milk, and similar others
  • Serving – Serve this homemade Starbucks-style Dirty Chai Latte with heavy whipping cream and chai masala. You can also chill the masala chai or tea mixture and add a lot of ice cubes while serving it. You can also add frothed milk instead of whipping cream

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 111Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 94mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 6g

Disclaimer: Nutrition information comes from third-party apps and calculators. The information is purely an estimate and provided for information purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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FAQ

What is Dirty Chai Latte?

Dirty Chai Latte is a warm and spicy drink packed with flavors of fresh ginger and spices. It is nothing but an adaptation from Indian Masala Chai in which a shot of espresso coffee is added to give a different taste and flavor. The drink is usually topped with milk foam and a dash of chai masala powder. Dirty Chai is one of the popular drinks of Starbucks and other fast-food chains across the globe.

What is the difference between a chai latte and dirty chai?

The main difference between them is the espresso coffee and it is added to Dirty Chai. While Chai Latte is packed with fresh flavors of spices, black tea, and milk.

Why chai latte is called dirty?

The espresso coffee when mixed with chai latte delivers a muddy-like color that looks like dirt and hence it is called Dirty Chai.

What does Dirty Chai taste like?

It tastes warm, spicy, a well-balanced taste from black tea, and espresso coffee. You will feel the sweetness, bitterness, and spiciness in a single cup with soothing and comforting milk foam on the top.

What are the calories in Dirty Chai Latte?

The Dirty Chai Latte that I have shared here contains 111 calories per serving. And it is just an estimation by the nutrition calculator. The calorie count may change if any of the ingredients are changed. You could also check the detailed nutritional information in the recipe card above.

I hope you enjoyed the recipe that I have shared here and I would love to hear from you on how it turned out for you. Please let me know.

If you have any other questions, feel free to post them in the comment section below and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Enjoy!