August 13, 2023 2 min read

How to Make a Delicious Dirty Chai Latte at Home

Chai lattes are a popular coffee shop drink, but they can be expensive. Why not make your own at home for a fraction of the cost? This recipe for a dirty chai latte is easy to follow and only requires a few simple ingredients.


  • 1 tea bag of masala chai tea or 1-2 tablespoons loose chai
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of strong coffee or 2 shots espresso
  • 2-3 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 drop of vanilla extract
  • A dash of cinnamon


  1. Prepare the coffee or espresso. If you don't have an espresso maker, you can make strong coffee by brewing a double shot of coffee in a drip coffee maker.
  2. Prepare the chai by bringing the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and add the tea bag or loose leaf chai. Steep for 5-10 minutes, or until the desired strength is reached. Remove the tea bag or strain the loose leaf tea.
  3. Add the honey and vanilla extract to the chai and stir until dissolved.
  4. Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it is warmed through. If you have a steaming wand or espresso maker, you can steam the milk for a richer flavor.
  5. Add the milk to the chai and stir until combined.
  6. Finally, add the coffee or espresso to the chai and stir until combined. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon if desired.

Enjoy your delicious dirty chai latte!


  • For a richer chai flavor, use whole milk or half and half instead of skim milk.
  • If you like your chai lattes sweeter, add more honey to taste.
  • You can also add other spices to your chai, such as cardamom, ginger, or nutmeg.
  • If you don't have a tea bag or loose leaf chai, you can use chai concentrate or powder. Just be sure to follow the package directions for the correct amount to use.


  • For an iced dirty chai latte, brew the chai tea as directed and then chill it in the refrigerator. When you're ready to serve, add the coffee or espresso and milk and then top with ice.
  • You can also make a vegan dirty chai latte by using almond milk, soy milk, or another plant-based milk.
  • For a non-caffeinated dirty chai latte, use decaf coffee or espresso.

No matter how you make it, a dirty chai latte is a delicious and satisfying drink that is perfect for any time of day. So next time you're craving a chai latte, give this recipe a try!

Espresso Coffee and 6 Espresso Coffee Drink Recipes

Coffee Recipes from Around the World