|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 13g||16%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||20%|
|Total Carbohydrate 24g||9%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||13%|
|Total Sugars 12g|
|Vitamin C 138mg||689%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Mole —pronounced in two syllables, MOE-lay—is a quintessential Mexican sauce originating in pre-Hispanic times. It exists in countless versions, varying in color, consistency, ingredients, and use. For each type of mole, there are countless variations that depend on regional preference and family tradition.
At their core, most moles contain a blend of chile peppers, tomatoes or tomatillos, fruit or other sweet element, nuts or seeds, often but not always cocoa, and a blend of spices. Each home cook has a favorite mix of spices and a preferred ratio of ingredients, so although there is no one true mole recipe, there is something that remains true for all moles: they represent history on a plate—from the simpler sauces of indigenous times made with local ingredients to a mix of components introduced to the Americas from other parts of the world.
Traditional cooking methods call for grinding each ingredient by itself in a molcajete, a mortar and pestle, but for our less labor-intensive product, we used a high-speed blender. Although our easier version of mole doesn't have 40-plus ingredients or take many days to prepare, it is a fairly delicious sauce that can add a traditional Mexican touch to roasted or pulled pork, enchiladas, tacos, nachos, rice, eggs, and of course, the traditional chicken with mole. Be mindful this recipe contains peanuts, so skip if there are any legume allergies in the household.
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For the Onions
1/4 cup lard
1 medium onion, sliced
8 cloves garlic
For the Mole Base
3 small peeled tomatoes, roasted in a 450 F oven for 30 minutes
1/4 cup unsalted peanuts, or unsalted peanut butter
1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
1 stick cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon anise seed
3 peppercorns, whole
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 clove, whole
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/4 cup raisins
12 large guajillo chiles, toasted and rehydrated
4 1/4 cups chicken broth, divided
1/4 cup corn masa harina
Salt, to taste, optional
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this mole dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.
Prepare the Onions
Gather the ingredients.
Heat the lard in a large skillet over medium-low to medium heat.
Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onions become translucent, about 8 to 10 minutes. When the onion softens enough to drape over your spatula, set the skillet aside. Reserve.
Make the Mole Base
In a high-speed blender, puree the roasted tomatoes with the peanuts or peanut butter.
Add the Mexican oregano, cinnamon, anise seeds, peppercorns, thyme, clove, and cocoa powder and blend at high speed to make a smooth paste.
Add the reserved sautéed onions to the blender and puree again until the mixture becomes very smooth.
Add the raisins and soaked chiles and blend into a smooth paste.
Mix and Cook the Mole
Pour 4 cups of chicken broth in a medium pot, and reserve 1/4 for later use.
Whisk the masa with the reserved 1/4 cup of chicken broth to create a roux.
Stir the roux into the pot and whisk until smooth.
Add the pureed ingredients to the pan. Cover and simmer for 1 hour until the mole turns thick and aromatic.
Uncover, taste, and add salt, if needed.
Use your homemade mole as a sauce over your preferred dishes. Enjoy!
How Do I Prepare the Guajillos?
To prepare the guajillo chiles for the mole:
- Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, toast the chiles for 20 to 30 seconds per side, or until they start to become fragrant.
- Transfer the toasted chiles to a large bowl and cover with hot water.
- Let soak for 20 minutes in order to rehydrate.
- Transfer the rehydrated chiles to a cutting board and, using a pairing knife, remove the seeds and stems.
Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients
Steam expands quickly in a blender and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.