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Traditional Molé

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Chicken in a molé sauce
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The story behind this sauce tells of two nuns surprised by a visitor. They had little in the way of food and so they used a molcajete to grind every ingredient they could find and simmered it in liquid until it thickened into a sauce.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes


  • 12 guajillo chiles, roasted, skinned, stemmed and seeded
  • 3 tomatoes, roasted and peeled
  • 1/4 cup lard
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1 stick of cinnamon torn into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
  • 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts or unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1 clove
  • 1/4 cup masa
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon anise seeds
  • 1/4 cup raisins, soaked in water to soften (optional)
  • 3 peppercorns
  • 4 cups chicken broth


Note: The traditional way is to mash all of the ingredients except the broth, with a molcajete (mortar and pestle) but a blender will also do the job just fine.

Heat the lard in a large saucepan. Add in the onions and garlic and cook until translucent. In a blender, puree the peanuts then add in the oregano, cinnamon, anise, peppercorns, thyme and cloves and blend with the tomatoes. Puree to make a smooth paste. Add in the onions and garlic and puree again. Finally, add chiles to blender to puree into a smooth paste.

Add the chicken broth to the pot and add the pureed ingredients. Make a roux, by mixing the masa with a 1/4 cup of the chicken broth. Mix the roux into the broth and whisk until mixture is smooth. Add the pureed ingredients and simmer for 1 hour, covered and then simmer uncovered until sauce has thickened.

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 5 out of 5
Traditional mole, Member kjskinner1

The kids have grown, my best friend and I have decided to do the 'empty nest' thing together and this, being our first Thanksgiving at home, required establishing new traditions. We decided to put a cultural twist on the event, creating our meal around a different culture each year and this year we went Mexico. This mole recipe is PERFECT! Amazing flavor, texxtures and perfect spice. Completely easy to follow recipe. I'd post a picture but its all gone.

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