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Authentic Mexican Mole Sauce Recipe

Authentic Mexican Mole Sauce Recipe

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This authentic Mexican mole sauce recipe is rich, savory-sweet, and spicy. Made from 3 kinds of chilies and a blend of spices for that distinct spicy-sweet taste.

Prep: 20 mins
Additional Time: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 1 hr


  • 3 chipotle chiles, dried, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 guajillo chiles, dried, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 ancho chiles, , or pasilla peppers, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 dinner roll, torn into pieces
  • 2 corn tortillas, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 5 tomatillos, cut in half crosswise
  • 2 tomatoes, cut in half crosswise
  • 1 tbsp lard
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1⁄2 garlic head, peeled and sliced
  • 1⁄3 cup peanuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 6 allspice berries, whole
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 5 oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Toast chipotle, guajillo, and ancho chiles in a dry pan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until warm and aromatic, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a blender.
  2. Heat 2 cups chicken broth in a saucepan until it begins to simmer, about 5 minutes. Pour broth into the blender.
  3. Toast dinner roll pieces and tortilla strips in a dry pan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the blender with chicken broth and chiles.
  4. Allow the chiles, toasted bread, and tortillas to soak, fully submerged, in the chicken broth until softened, about 10 minutes. Blend the mixture until smooth.
  5. Cook tomatillos and tomatoes in a dry skillet on medium-high heat until soft and blackened, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place tomatoes in the blender with the chile puree.
  6. Melt lard in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, garlic, peanuts, raisins, cumin seeds, thyme, allspice berries, cloves, and cinnamon sticks; cook and stir until onions are soft and golden, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and other whole spices; add onion mixture to the blender with the chile-tomato mixture and blend until smooth.
  7. Pour chile puree into a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in 1 cup chicken broth, chocolate, sugar, and salt. Bring mixture to a simmer; stir until chocolate is melted and sauce is thickened and slightly reduced, 10 to 15 minutes.


  • Sugar: 33g
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  • Calcium: 684mg
  • Calories: 3197kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 151g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Fat: 255g
  • Fiber: 62g
  • Iron: 29mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 112g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 84g
  • Potassium: 4700mg
  • Protein: 135g
  • Saturated Fat: 46g
  • Sodium: 1446mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 5764IU
  • Vitamin C: 26mg
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