Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

The rich flavors of this mole are perfect with steak, pork, shrimp or beans, or simmer the sauce with chicken or turkey for a mole stew. Cooking time is chill time. MAKE AHEAD: The sauce can be refrigerated for 3 weeks. Recipe is a Food and Wine staff favorite from Marcia Kiesel. December 2001.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a bowl, cover the anchos and chipotles with the boiling water. Let soak for 30 minutes, until softened. Drain, reserving the liquid. Discard the stems, cores and seeds; coarsely chop the chiles.
  2. Preheat the broiler or light a gas flame. Char the peppers for 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until charred all over. Transfer to a medium bowl, cover with plastic and let steam for 5 minutes. Peel the peppers and discard the skin, stems and seeds, then coarsely chop.
  3. In a small dry skillet, toast the cloves, cumin and cinnamon stick over moderately low heat until darkened and fragrant, 1 1/2 minutes. Let cool. Grind to a powder in a spice grinder. Transfer to a plate. Add the sunflower seeds to the skillet and toast, shaking the pan a few times, about 3 minutes. Let cool. Transfer the seeds to the grinder; finely grind.
  4. Heat the oil in a medium skillet. Add the garlic and cook over low heat until golden, about 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until glossy, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate until melted.
  5. In a blender, combine the chiles and their soaking liquid with the bell peppers, the ground spices, the ground sunflower seeds and the garlic mixture and blend until smooth. Scrape the mole into a large bowl and season with salt. Transfer the sauce to jars and refrigerate.


Most Helpful

This was awesome! My first time with mole & it came out perfect. I had to make a few changes to it to align the recipe with what was in my pantry. Used chipotles in adobo sauce rather than dried and used already ground cloves, cumin & cinnamon. It was very easy to make & delicious - I will definitely be making it again. Thanks a bunch for a wonderful recipe :-)

ChefTop January 24, 2007

I have never tried a mole sauce before and this was really good! Everyone raved, so I think it's a keeper! Thanks!

susie cooks July 15, 2006

This recipe can really be experimented with!! The second time making it, I used chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and red Fresno peppers!! I just stepped it up from spicy to call the Fire Dept!! Thank you Cheryl!!

katie in the UP July 05, 2006

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