Easy Mexican Mole Sauce

    25 min

    OK, it's not entirely authentic but it's a good version to make with store-cupboard ingredients. Serve with cooked chicken, rice or tortillas, salad greens, sliced avocado and chopped tomatoes round out this fresh tasting meal.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 dessertspoon vegetable oil
    • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon good quality cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon dried coriander
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
    • 100g (4 oz) jalapeño chillies, diced

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add onion and cook until tender. Mix in cocoa powder, cumin, coriander and garlic. Stir in the tomatoes and jalapeños. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 10 minutes. Pour directly over chicken and serve.


    You can use fresh green chillies instead of jarred jalapeños, if you prefer.

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    mmmmm! This was so easy to make, delicious and something different. I used the sauce to make enchiladas with leftover roast chicken.  -  03 Oct 2012


    This truly is a wonderful dish -- rich, earthy, flavorful and low in fat and cholesterol. I've made it many times, but changed it quite significantly. I find the recipe workes best when I do the following -- REPLACE the vegetable oil with olive (healthier), the canned soup with 28 oz crushed tomatoes, the canned chillies with a jalapeno (seeds and ribs removed), the coco with 1 oz unsweetened dark chocolate, the dry garlic and cilantro with fresh. ADD cayenne peppers and coriander (to taste) plus one handful of finely ground almonds. Simmer it with about one pound of cooked chicken and add the cilantro close to the end of the cook time. Serve it over brown rice or in tortillas, toped with reduced-fat cheese, a dollop of light sour, or diced fresh cilantro. My favorite part: with the addition of olive oil, dark chocolate and almonds this dish offers a nice supply of anti-oxidants, which have been found in studies to lower blood pressure and protect the heart. Eat up!  -  15 Sep 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I am rating this because I used it for a base recipe but added a lot of my own touch. I used 2 oz. of actual dark chocolate because that is what authentic mole sauce uses. I used a lot less tomato sauce (instead of soup) because it tasted too much like doctored tomato soup. I added 2 tbsp cinnamon and more cumin also some cayenne pepper for some spice. I left out the cilantro and peppers according to my own preference. Mine turned out PERFECT! Thanks!  -  31 Oct 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)