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.
- 2 large ancho chilies
- 2 dried chipotle chiles
- 1 1⁄2 cups boiling water
- 2 red bell peppers
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cumin seeds
- 1 cinnamon stick, broken
- 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 10 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 1⁄2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 :-)
I have never tried a mole sauce before and this was really good! Everyone raved, so I think it's a keeper! Thanks!
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!!