Top Rated Mole Recipes

Chicken Mole Quinoa Bowl
Top quinoa with shredded chicken, a pumpkin mole sauce, and piles of vegetables for a healthy, hearty, and simple meal.This recipe is courtesy of Urban Accents.
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4.5

Mole Poblano
  Mole (pronounced MOH-lay) Poblano is upscale Mexican sauce that's piquant with a hint of chocolate and a slight sweetness that is typically reserved for festivals and holidays. There are as many Mole Poblano recipes as there are Mexican grandmothers (and home chefs) but the core ingredients are similar. If you like mole sauce, you should add my recipe to your "must make" list.    My Chicken in Chocolate and Chile Sauce (Mole Poblano de Pollo) went from "what you've got now isn't edible" to "this is great" "definitely make it again". My husband normally is quite supportive of my recipes but I admit he was right. The "classic" recipe I modified and eventually abandoned called for bittersweet chocolate and an overpowering amount of cloves which had ruined this gorgeous sauce. That is until I made a mid-course correction.    Chicken or the more traditional bird for a mole, turkey, is cooked until tender in water while the sauce is made. I cleaned several ancho chiles and soaked them in homemade chicken stock, and measured out the almonds (some combination of almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and/or sunflower seeds is traditional), onions, tomatoes, raisins, sesame seeds, and garlic .These are all the ingredients of a Mole Poblano.I threw the mixture into the blender jar and whirred it into a thick creamy sauce before putting it into a large skillet and cooking it down. The most important ingredient is chocolate which is unsweetened or bittersweet. I prefer to use fair trade and organic chocolate. Be careful not to burn the chocolate -- keep the flame low.   Most recipes include a tortilla that's been broken up or pieces of stale white bread that gets blended into the sauce as a thickener.   In my research I found wild variation from recipe to recipe on spice measurements. Cinnamon is common to most and so are ground anise or fennel seeds. I had anise and ground it in a spice mill along with all the other spices listed in the recipe. I share with you that recipes vary with 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of each spice per five cups of liquid which is made up primarily of tomatoes and chicken stock. I made a good guess that 1/2 teaspoon of each spice was a perfect compromise. Slightly less common are coriander seeds, many recipes include fresh cilantro and cloves (I recommend 1/8 of a teaspoon - no more!). Of the dozens of recipes I read, one included allspice berries   After adding the chocolate, my sauce lacked any hint of sweetness.  It was downright bitter and uber clovey. In coming up with a game plan for "fixing" the ruined sauce, I had to think on my feet. More tomato would dilute the clove, check, a little sugar would sweeten the bitter chocolate flavor, check, and peanut butter, yes peanut butter, would help neutralize the bitterness even more.  After adding more pureed tomatoes, I added sugar and peanut butter just one tablespoon at a time tasting between each addition. The recipe below is the perfect combination of piquant and slightly sweet (at least according me my husband's and my palettes).
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4.4

Mole Ofrenda
This is not a recipe for the traditional mole from Puebla, which is very complicated, takes an extremely long time, and involves many ingredients, most of which are hard to source. A really simple and delicious version of mole hails from northern Mexico (where I’m from). My personal preference is to serve this mole with enchiladas (rolled corn tortillas filled with a protein or vegetable of your choosing), topped with the mole sauce. 
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4

The leathery skin of a guajilo chile, the mildly hot dried Mexican pepper that flavors this stew, needs to soak until it's soft enough to purée. Serve this stew with cornbread.
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4

We most commonly see mole recipes in liquid form, doused over Latin American chicken or steak dishes, but this recipe presents it dry, baked with nuts to be enjoyed on your coffee table. 
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4

Mole Margarita
This comes from Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, which knows a thing or two about margaritas. The restaurant invites customers to sit back and enjoy the island lifestyle and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The chef's eclectic, tropical cocktails are available at the bars, like the Mole Margarita. This unique margarita is a south-of-the-border taste sensation! Tanteo® Cocoa Tequila, mole bitters, Grand Marnier® and scratch sour mix are shaken and poured over ice into a glass rimmed with a savory mix of coffee, salt and sugar.
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4

Suggested Wine Pairing: Ceja Carneros Pinot Noir, Ceja Carneros Merlot and Ceja Vino de Casa Red Blend Mole is an all-encompassing title for a number of sauces in Mexican cuisine. The sauce from the city of Oaxaca is one of the better-known varieties. Classic Oaxaca, such as mole negro, includes a variety of peppers, sometimes reaching almost 30 types. Though mole is not simply a chocolate sauce as it has come to be known, chocolate can be added for a bit of rich flavor. This recipe for Mole Negro de Oaxaca is a chicken dish with a variety of spices, peppers, and chocolate.
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4

Chef Qui's recipe this month shows us that chocolate does not have to just be eaten for dessert. This Green Curry Mole Chicken dish shows how chocolate can be used in a unique and delicious way. 
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4

Pork in Beet Mole
A twist on a classic Mexican mole sauce; beet-based mole sauce brightens up rich, boiled pork, this recipe comes from Mexico: The Cookbook by Margarita Carrillo Arronte. Check out the Day of the Dead Party at Café el Presidente in New York City for a copy of the book. Click Here to See More Beets Recipes
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4

Mole Amarillito con Chochoyotes (Yellow Mole with Masa Dumplings)
Cooking any one of Mexico's famously delicious moles makes me feel more like I'm in an alchemist's workshop than in a kitchen. This delicious amarillito, or "little yellow," mole is a classic. It is easy compared with how laborious some of Mexico's other moles can be — it can be made, as we Mexicans say, "with one hand on your hip." It is light and bright, but despite the fact that it's not actually yellow, the name has stuck. The dish comes from Oaxaca, a state in southern Mexico known in the culinary world for its many versions of mole. The chochoyotes, or dimpled corn masa dumplings, enrich and thicken the sauce, and the dimple in the center of each one holds the sauce like a tasty, fluffy edible spoon. Click here to see 5 Authentic Mexican Dishes for Cinco de Mayo.
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Slow-Roasted Pork in Mole Sauce
There’s nothing like a slow-cooked roast in a rich, flavorful sauce, and this Mexican-inspired roasted pork tenderloin does not disappoint. Shred leftover pork with a fork, if desired, and use in burritos or sandwiches.
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This mole recipe from Los Sombreros Mexican Café & Cantina uses not one, but four chiles in it to give it its distinct flavor. Douse it on chicken, pork, steak, or fish to add some life to your meal. 
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