Simple Mole (Mo-lay)
Mole is a popular Mexican sauce, usually made with chocolate and peanut butter and sometimes a trillion different peppers.
This version is simple to prepare, with simple ingredients -- it works for me.
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 TABLESPOON ground chipotle pepper (see note)
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1 oz unsweetened chocolate
- 1 teaspoon ground sal en grano
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 5 medium/large tomatoes, chopped
- In a small saucepan add the oil, garlic, chipotle pepper, cumin, and cook for 1 minute on low. Add the chocolate and stir till melted. Add the peanut butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and the sal en grano, blend. Stir in the tomatoes (For a smooth mole: In the end, puree the sauce in a food processor once slightly cooled--I keep it chunky for stew with beef). Simmer covered on very low for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Taste and add more seasoning or salt if necessary.
- --Cook chicken in this sauce, slightly covered -- after first browning the chicken & draining it's liquids, or in a slow cooker add it to cubed beef for a mole stew, enchiladas, etc.
- Yields 2 cups -- perfect for 1 pound of meat.
- We make our own ground chipotle pepper -- see Pasta page for easy instructions.