is a sauce – typically for meat – that combines chocolate and chilli, two of the most charactersitically Mexican ingredients around. In English it is often referred to as simply mole
, which comes from the Nahuatl word for sauce or mixture (hence guacamole). The traditional recipe can involve up to 30 ingredients, so you'll be pleased to hear we've simplified it a bit!
- Prep: 5 minutes
- Cook: 50 minutes
- Total time: 55 minutes
- Recipe serves: 5-6
- Hot chillis (quantity according to taste), finely chopped and seeded
- 500g chopped tomatoes
- 200g onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 corn tortilla, crumbled (can be substituted for breadcrumbs)
- 200ml chicken stock
- 100g dark chocolate
- 100g sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- Vegetable oil
- Salt, to taste
- Heat the vegetable oil in a deep saucepan and fry the chillis until crisp.
- Grill the tomatoes, onion and garlic, turning until brown on all sides.
- Mix the chillis, tomatoes, onion and garlic in a saucepan and pour in the stock. Bring to the boil, then simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Add the crumbled tortilla or breadcrumbs, chocolate, sugar and cinnamon along with a cup of water and simmer for another half an hour, mixing until all the ingredients have blended.
with chicken, meat or vegetables. A sprinkle of chopped hazelnuts or almonds makes the perfect finishing touch.