Mole Rojo

  • prep time20 min
  • total time 60 min
  • serves 16
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This Mexican chicken dish contains a mix of vegetables and spices for a thick and creamy sauce. Courtesy of Iliana De La Vega and Ernesto Torrealba of El Naranjo.

71 Ratings
Directions for: Mole Rojo


1 lb(s) tomatoes

1 large white onion

8 garlic cloves, unpeeled

½ lb(s) chile ancho

¼ lb(s) chile guajillo

3 Tbsp vegetable oil

2 oz pecans

2 oz peanuts, roasted & unsalted

4 Tbsp brown sesame seeds

1 - 2 pinches of Mexican canela

8 black peppercorns

4 whole cloves

1 Tbsp dried Oaxacan oregano or marjoram

1-½ cups chicken broth

7 oz Mexican chocolate

16 assorted chicken pieces

½ white onion

4 garlic cloves

Salt to taste


1. On a comal or griddle set over medium-high heat dry-roast the tomatoes, onion and unpeeled garlic. The garlic will be ready sooner—when it shows brown spots, remove.

2. Remove the stems, seeds and veins from the chiles. Dry roast them on a dry comal. Transfer to soak in hot water, no more than 15 minutes. Heat 1-1/2 tablespoons oil on a skillet and sauté the pecans and peanuts. When golden add the sesame seeds, canela, peppercorns, cloves and oregano. Remove from heat.

3. Transfer the chiles into the blender add enough water to blend; process until smooth, strain; reserve.

4. Heat remaining oil in a large cazuela (Dutch oven) set over medium low heat and pour the chile puree over the oil. Fry for 5-10 min. Blend the remaining prepared ingredients, pass through a sieve. Stir into the chile paste, let the mole reduce, and then add the chicken broth, salt, sugar and chocolate to taste. Let it simmer stirring occasionally until the mole covers the back of a spoon.

5. To cook the chicken: In a large stockpot bring salted water to a boil, add onion and garlic, when is fast boiling it is time to add the chicken pieces with bones and skins. Reduce the heat to the minimum; let the chicken cook until done (it will be floating on top). Check for doneness, remove and reserve. Strain the broth, reserve for the mole.

See more: Side, Summer, Vegetables, Chicken, Mexican

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