Mole is a traditional sauce used in Mexican cuisine made with roasted chilies and an assortment of spices. Once combined, you’ll taste a layered flavor of sweet, salty, spicy, and smoky. Use this mole sauce to top your protein like chicken, as an enchilada sauce, or over rice.
- 6Pasilla Peppers, dried
- 3Tomato – small
- 1Onion, raw – small
- 1Plantain – small
- 1/4 cupSesame Seeds
- 1/4 cupAlmonds
- 6Garlic, clove
- 3Dates, pitted
- 1/2 tspCinnamon, ground – or two 2" cinnamon sticks
- 1/4 cupPumpkin Seeds, unsalted
- 1/2 tbspOlive Oil – or as much as needed
- 1/4 cupCacao Powder
- 1/8 tspClove, ground
- 1/8 tspCumin, ground
- 3 cupVegetable Broth, low-sodium – with two additional cubes of vegetable bouillon
- De-stem and de-seed chili peppers. Tip: use gloves and kitchen shears to trim off the stem and remove all seeds.
- In a medium nonstick pan on low heat, add oil then add chilies to toast till soft and aromatic. Do not over-toast the peppers as they will burn and become bitter.
- Set chilies aside in the blender pitcher to cool.
- In the same pan, add halved tomatoes and quartered onions.
- Sear all sides on medium heat and add to the blender pitcher with the toasted peppers to cool.
- Toast the plantain, sesame seeds, almonds, garlic, dates, cinnamon stick, and pumpkin seeds (pepitas) separately in a pan with olive oil as needed. Once done, add each ingredient to the blender pitcher to cool.
- Add cacao, clove, cumin, 2 1/2 cups of vegetable stock, and the bouillon cubes to the blender pitcher and blend on medium for one minute and then high for another 30 seconds.
- Pour mixture in a medium saucepan on medium heat and bring to a simmer.
- Add the remaining 1/2 cup of stock to thin out mixture and adjust to reach the desired level of flavor (sweet or savory).
- Enjoy the mole on tacos or over chicken or your favorite vegetables (we like cauliflower steaks).
- Save the remaining mole in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Warm in a saucepan when ready to use.
Recipe: Creamy Green Strawberry Dream Serving in this recipe:1
- Calories: 236.6
- Total Fat: 3.6 g 5.5%
- Saturated Fat: 0.4 g 1.9%
- Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
- Sodium: 358.7 mg 14.9%
- Total Carbs: 45.7 g 15.2%
- Dietary Fiber: 9.9 g 39.4%
- Sugar: 22.1 g
- Protein: 8.1 g 16.2%
- Vitamin A: 481.9% Vitamin C: 244.1%
- Calcium: 68.5% Iron: 26.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.