Mexico’s Most Famous Sauce
If you are lucky enough to live near a market where you can buy mole paste in bulk, you are in luck. You can take a culinary tour of Mexico without leaving home. Mole, a generic term for smooth sauces made from dried chiles, comes in countless regional variations. The most famous is mole poblano from the city of Puebla which most people know as the “chocolate sauce.” A common misconception is that mole must contain chocolate. Most don’t. There are red moles, yellow and black moles from the state of Oaxaca, green moles from Veracruz and Querétaro. There are state moles like mole Michoacana from the state of Michoacán and mole Guanajuato from the state of Guanajuato. Try as many as you can.
Store bought mole will save you a tremendous amount of time, although preparing mole from scratch is well worth the effort. Many mole pastes are imported from Mexico and have an authentic taste. If you are unable to find mole paste in bulk, you can also buy mole paste in a jar. The easiest brand to find is Doña Maria. Follow the directions on the jar. Most supermarkets carry it. Look for it in the Mexican or Hispanic foods section.
How Much Paste to Buy?
1 cup of mole paste will make about 4 cups of sauce once you have added liquid which is enough for 4 to 6 servings.
How to Prepare
Preparation is very simple. Start by adding the mole paste to your pot to reconstitute.
Pour in triple the amount of liquid, chicken broth or water. If you have 1 cup of mole paste, you will add 3 cups of liquid. You will be adding the remaining liquid during the cooking process.
Break up the paste.
Stir continually. The paste will start absorbing the liquid.
Simmer for 20 minutes. Keep stirring. The mole will continue to absorb water. Add 1/4 cup liquid as needed if the mole is becoming too thick. Mole should be on the thick side. It shouldn’t be runny.
How to Use Mole
Mole is commonly served with chicken in a dish called pollo en mole. It is also served with enmoladas which are enchiladas prepared with mole instead of salsa. It may sound strange, but you should try scrambled eggs with mole. You will be surprised how good it is.
In the picture, we are preparing cheese enchiladas with mole poblano. Try making them with our red enchilada sauce.
Prepared mole will last for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. You can prepare it in advance to keep on hand.