How to Make Dirty Chai Latte

///How to Make Dirty Chai Latte

How to Make Dirty Chai Latte

A Dirty Chai Latte is a popular drink served at coffee shops – it’s a chai latte with a shot or two of espresso added. Curious about how to make a Dirty Chai Latte? You’ll love this easy homemade version with a DIY shortcut plus some of my other favorite fall teas!

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Julie holding a mug of dirty chai latte.

Hi guys!

Y’all know I’m a huge tea fan.  I drink it daily and love collecting different types and flavors. I routinely enjoy a cup of Tazo Awake English Breakfast tea in the morning and then switch to green or decaf through the day.  It is one of my favorite things and is such a part of my day to day life.  The Tazo Awake English Breakfast tea gives me a unique awakening feeling that’s perfect for mornings.  I love it so much I even carry my own tea stash with me when I travel.

Tea is such a healthy choice as long as you don’t load it with sugar and can bring all sorts of health benefits into your life.  I sweeten mine with stevia which gives me the perfect flavor.

I know many of you are tea lovers too so I thought I’d share some of my other favorites for fall and the easiest way to make a DIY Dirty Chai Latte recipe at home.  Trust me this version is better than the coffee house or even Starbucks!

Hands holding mug of dirty chai latte.

I drink tea year-round but love finding cozier flavors this time of year.  Sweater and boot weather lends itself to the full, rich flavors of chai tea.  TAZO makes a perfect Chai Classic Black Tea that has a robust blend of black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, and spices.  Sometimes it’s even called Masala Chai.  This is another favorite of mine I always have in the pantry.  It’s a great way to mix it up if you are getting bored with your basic breakfast tea.

They also offer the same classic flavor in premade concentrate, which is perfect for making a Homemade Chai Latte or Dirty Chai Latte recipe without all the fuss.  It’s such a great kitchen shortcut.  If you are wondering how to make a dirty chai latte at home… THIS IS IT!

Boxes of Tazo.

What is a Dirty Chai Latte?

So what is a dirty chai latte and what about how to make Dirty Chai Latte?  If you aren’t familiar with a Chai Latte it’s a blend of rich chai tea with milk.  Dirty Chai Latte brings a delightful shot of espresso into the recipe!  If you really need a pick me up… this is it.  It’s a cross between a regular latte and a chai tea latte.

I love the rich cinnamon and spice flavors in Chai for fall and winter.  It’s a great way to mix it up from going all pumpkin all the time.


Difference between Chai Latte and Dirty Chai?

The difference between a Chai Latte and Dirty Chai Latte is simply whether the shot of espresso is included.  I Dirty Chai Latte includes the shot and a plain Chai Latte does not.  Both of the have the same blend of black tea and spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and vanilla.


Box of Tazo.

Zen Green Tea is another favorite of mine for fall.  It has a harmonious blend of green tea with lemongrass and spearmint.  I also have written about my love of TAZO’s Green Ginger tea before too.  It’s a bright green tea with ginger and a sweet note of pear.  The Awake English Breakfast tea, which I drink daily is the perfect breakfast tea.  It has a malty boldness and bright flavor which gives you just a little pick up any time of day.

Boxes of Tazo.

Dirty Chai Latte Ingredients

So what’s in a Dirty Chai?

  • TAZO Chai tea concentrateThe premade concentrate makes it super easy to make homemade dirty chai latte.
  • Milk: Use your favorite milk, including unflavored non-dairy milk.
  • Espresso: A shot of espresso is what makes a chai latte “dirty”.
  • Ice: Add ice to make an ice chai latte.
  • Stevia or another sweetener: Add sweetener according to your taste.

You can find TAZO Chai Tea Concentrate in most grocery stores or order it through Amazon. <–affiliate link.



If you don’t have the Chai tea concentrate you can use a rich black tea, like TAZO.  Brew the tea on the stove and allow it to simmer with cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger.

If you don’t have an espresso maker you can substitute 5 ounces of extra-strong brewed coffee.

White mug with dirty chai latte.

How do you make Dirty Chai Latte?

To make the Dirty Chai Latte recipe…

  1. Add equal parts TAZO Chai Tea Concentrate and milk.
  2. Next, add a shot of espresso to make it dirty. For a regular Chai Latte just leave out the espresso (which is what I’m doing during pregnancy!).
  3. If you want it warm heat up the concentrate, but if you like it cold shake the mixture with ice.  It’s perfect with a touch of stevia too.

You can also use a hand frother to make your milk fluffy!

White mug with dirty chai latte.

The finished drink tastes better than going out and saves you time and money.  It’s the perfect drink for the new season!

White mug with dirty chai latte.

The recipe for it is below. Hopefully, it takes the guesswork out of how to make Dirty Chai Latte.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


Other Fall Inspired Drinks You’ll Enjoy…



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White mug with dirty chai latte.

Dirty Chai Latte recipe

A Dirty Chai Latte is a popular drink served at coffee shops - it's a chai latte with a shot or two of espresso added. Curious about how to make a Dirty Chai Latte? You'll love this easy homemade version with a shortcut plus some of my other favorite fall teas!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 73 kcal


  • 3 ounces TAZO Chai Tea Concentrate
  • 3 ounces milk, or non-dairy milk
  • 1 shot espresso
  • ice, optional
  • stevia or sweetener of choice


  • Pour equal parts of TAZO Chai Tea Concentrate and milk in a glass.  Add the shot of espresso, ice, and stir.
  • To enjoy warm heat up the TAZO Chai Tea Concentrate and leave out the ice!


You can also use a frother to mix up your milk like at the coffee shop.


Calories: 73kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 22mgSugar: 16g
Keyword chai latte, dirty chai latte, latte
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By | 2020-05-28T22:24:21-04:00 May 9th, 2020|Food, Smoothies & Drinks|50 Comments


  1. Natalie May 7, 2020 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love a cup of warming chai latte. No matter what season. You just reminded me I need to make one soon.

  2. Angela May 7, 2020 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This was so delicious! I love Tazo products and this Chai Latte is perfect to make an afternoon treat with!!!

  3. Leslie May 7, 2020 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I really enjoy a good cup of chai tea! I’ve never tried this brand but it looks amazing!

  4. Jon Maldia May 6, 2020 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love Chai Tea. I’ll have to try Tazo’s Chai Latte.

  5. Rachel May 6, 2020 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    I’ve never had a chai latte (I know, I live under a rock) but sounds really delish!

  6. Sarah May 6, 2020 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This looks delicious! I haven’t made a dirty chai latte in so long but it’s time!

  7. Deborah Brooks May 6, 2020 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    would you believe that I have never had a chai latte?! This looks like such and easy and fun way to spice up my afternoon coffee break

  8. Alisa Fleming October 3, 2018 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    I love Tazo tea and didn’t realize they had a chai concentrate. Love that you can mix it with dairy-free milk beverage!

  9. Beth October 2, 2018 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Haha! Funny! I travel with my tea stash, as well! Mind you, it is not as fancy as the chai latte! Yummy!

  10. Jeanine October 2, 2018 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    I’ve never had a chai latte before. Would love to give this a try though it sounds delicious.

  11. Deryn October 2, 2018 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    I love chai and I love espresso so obvi together they are perfect! I’ve never tried the chai concentrate but it sounds perfect for making drinks at home.

  12. Emily Kyle October 2, 2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love that this is in concentrate form so I can keep it at home and ready to use! Can’t wait to try this recipe at home, it’s so much better than going out, thank you!

  13. Denise C October 2, 2018 at 11:39 am - Reply

    I love starting my day with a nice, hot cup of tea. It’s the only time of the day I get to sit down and relax, and it’s so delicious!

  14. Liz October 2, 2018 at 8:31 am - Reply

    5 stars
    This sounds so perfect for fall! My husband is a CHAI lover, so I will have to make this for him!

  15. Rachel October 2, 2018 at 12:02 am - Reply

    I am not a fan of chai though my husband loves it. I love the zen tea blend though.

  16. Anna October 1, 2018 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Chai tea is great but when you add coffee, you’re really speaking to me! Fantastic and easy recipe 🙂

  17. Kelly October 1, 2018 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    I do love Tazo teas but haven’t seen this one yet. I’m going to have to look for it and then try your tasty recipe!

  18. Sarah October 1, 2018 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    I love chai tea and my girls and I are big fans of Tazo! Usually I like my chai lattes dirty but lately I’ve been making more without since I have to limit the caffeine and usually already had my coffee.

    • JulieWunder October 3, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Me too! After we have these babes though… it’s on!

  19. Katie Crenshaw October 1, 2018 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I absolutely love Chai Tea, so I am certain I will love this Chai Latte. This is my favorite thing to drink in the fall. The flavors are perfect to get you in the mood for the cooler weather.

  20. Susie @ Suzlyfe October 1, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    As I told Alex, welcome to the season of warm beverages all day errday!

  21. Nicole @ Fitful Focus October 1, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    I love that chai latte mix. I’ve never had it with espresso, though. Great idea!

  22. Abbey Sharp October 1, 2018 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Yum! I’m a huge chai fan, but I’ve never thought about mixing it with coffee! Definitely will be trying this

  23. Deborah Brooks October 1, 2018 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    I love all the different flavors of the Tazo teas. Would you believe I’ve never had a dirty chai?

  24. geetha priyanka October 1, 2018 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    This chai latte looks delicious and tempting. Looking forward to trying this in the near future.

  25. Clarice Lao / Camping for Women October 1, 2018 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I am also a huge tea fan and I would love to try this. It looks really easy and since we have the same preference for Tea (Tazo English Breakfast) — I trust your taste and suggestion.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  26. Neely Moldovan October 1, 2018 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Chai always screams fall to me! I love to make them at home so this is a great recipe to try!

  27. Ashley October 1, 2018 at 8:39 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I love Chai! I don’t drink coffee — but, am obsessed with a Chai..! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Beth Ann Chiles October 1, 2018 at 8:18 am - Reply

    I am going to go home and make this!!! Love dirty chai!!!

  29. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real October 1, 2018 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Chai lattes are my favorite on cold days!

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