Simple Mole (Mo-lay)

Chicken Mole
Chicken Mole
Simple Mole (Mo-lay)
Yields 2
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.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoon oil
  2. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1/2 TABLESPOON ground chipotle pepper (see note)
  4. 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  5. 1 oz unsweetened chocolate
  6. 1 teaspoon ground sal en grano
  7. 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  8. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  9. 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  10. 5 medium/large tomatoes, chopped
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. --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.
  3. Yields 2 cups -- perfect for 1 pound of meat.
Notes
  1. We make our own ground chipotle pepper -- see Pasta page for easy instructions.
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