Dirty Chai Latte Recipe

By Stuart Smith | Last Updated May 11, 2020


Preparation Time & Servings

Requires simple ingredients.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)

*Nutrition information should be considered an estimate.

TOOLS NEEDED: Espresso machine, milk frother or a whisk and a glass.

Can’t decide between chai tea and a latte? Choose both! Masala chai is a spiced black tea from India that made its way to the States and is now common in most coffee shops.

The spices typically used in this tea are clove, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper. A dirty chai simply mixes masala chai with a shot of espresso and milk.

This drink offers the warm, spicy flavors of the chai tea combined with the smooth, sweet flavors of a latte—not to mention a little extra caffeine.



  • 1 chai tea bag
  • 4 ounces boiling water
  • 2 ounces espresso
  • Sugar, for serving
  • 6 ounces milk


  • In a mug, combine the tea bag and boiling water. Let steep for 6 minutes. Remove and discard the tea bag
  • Pour the espresso into the chai tea and sweeten with sugar, as desired
  • Place the milk in a wide glass or glass jar and microwave for 30 seconds until it is very hot but not boiling. Alternatively, heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes until very hot but not boiling, watching it carefully
  • Using a milk frother, froth the milk until you don’t see any bubbles and you have a thick froth, 20 to 30 seconds. Swirl the glass and lightly tap it on the counter repeatedly to pop the larger bubbles. Repeat this step as needed
  • Using a spoon to hold back the foam, pour the milk into the chai-espresso mixture. Spoon the remaining foam on top

Recipe Tip

You can also use chai tea concentrate instead of brewing the chai tea bag. Simply replace the brewed chai tea with 4 ounces chai tea concentrate.

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