Authentic Mole Sauce


By Allrecipes

Hot chiles and rich chocolate make this authentic mole sauce perfect for topping stewed meats or enchiladas.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Additional: 10 mins
Total: 1 hr
Servings: 4
Yield: 1 quart mole sauce

Ingredient Checklist
3 dried chipotle chiles, stemmed and seeded
2 dried guajillo chiles, stemmed and seeded
2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
2 cups 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 tablespoon lard
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced 
½ head garlic, peeled and sliced
⅓ cup chopped peanuts
¼ cup raisins
2 tablespoons cumin seeds
1 tablespoon dried thyme
6 whole allspice berries
5 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1 cup chicken broth 
5 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon salt


Step 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.

Step 2
Heat 2 cups chicken broth in a saucepan until it begins to simmer, about 5 minutes. Pour broth into the blender.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Note from Kimberly @ SHF :

I searched many recipes online until I found this one. Authentic Mole is just amazing. Once you've had it homemade, you will never go back to premade. This recipe is the closest I could find to the Mole I had while living in San Antonio. It's completely worth the effort!

Freezes well too.