- An assortment of chili peppers. Not too hot, not all the same kind. Preferably more thick-skinned than thin. This last time, I used: 1/2 small red bell pepper, 1 poblano, 2 anaheim chilis. You can very easily add heat here by increasing the spiciness of the chilis (adding spicer ones...next step up, I think, is a jalepeno).
- An assortment of dried fruits. Last night, I used a half-dozen prunes, a half-dozen dried apricots, and a handful of raisins
- An assortment of nuts. This time, I used a half-handful each of: Cashews, Almonds, sunflower seeds, and pine nuts.
- An onion
- 1 Large Can of crushed tomatos (doesn't have to be crushed...whole would work...crushed was faster)
- A bunch of chopped garlic (I used something like 5 tablespoons...probably a dozen cloves).
- Cocoa powder (half-a-handfull last night...4 Tbsp?)
- Oil (I used olive) -- probably 1/2 cup
- Other spices, as you like -- This time, I skipped the cumin, added several TBSP of Paprika and Cinnamon
- Honey -- to taste
- Water -- for consistency
Start Dicing stuff: Order: Chilis, Onions, Fruits, Nuts...can be done slowly as other things cook.
Throw whatever you've got chopped into a pan with the olive oil, and start saute-ing.
Keep chopping stuff and throwing it in.
Saute chilis for no less than 20...nuts for no less than 10.
Add crushed tomatoes, mix.
Add chocolate and spices. Cook, medium heat for another 10.
Pour (scoop) mixture (now black) into a serious blender
Blend until smooth, paste-like.
Taste--Mole is a very complex flavor (see ingredients), but I find this a bit too bitter, and so add a couple tablespoons of honey, and this time I though the paste was too thick (I thought it wouldn't pour), so i added a 1 Cup of hot water...then blended again.
Last night we served over baked chicken.
1. Bake Chicken mostly
2. pour excessive amounts of Mole sauce all over the chicken
3. Put back in oven to finish for 10-15 minutes.
4. Garnish with crumbled queso and an avocado.
My thus-far favorite use for mole sauce was:
1. Cook, shred chicken.
2. Place shedded chicken in enchiladas.
3. Cover with Mole
4. Add Queso (or even Jack) on top.