If needed, add more water during the final 18 minutes of cooking to achieve the desired consistency.
2 ancho chiles, seeded
2 mulato chiles, seeded
1 pasilla chile, seeded
2 plum tomatoes
2 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 soft black plantain, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/4 cup sliced almonds
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/4 cups water, divided
2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
How to Make It
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ancho, mulato, and pasilla chiles; cook 1 minute on each side. Place chiles in a medium bowl; cover with hot water. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes; drain.
While chiles soak in hot water, place tomatoes in pan, and cook 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove from pan. Add tortillas to pan, and cook 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until browned. Place drained chiles, tomatoes, tortillas, and broth in a blender; process until smooth.
Heat pan over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add chopped onion, and sauté for 3 minutes. Add plantain, and sauté for 3 minutes or until browned. Add almonds and garlic; sauté for 1 minute. Stir in unsweetened cocoa, cumin, cinnamon, and cloves; sauté 15 seconds. Place onion mixture and 1/4 cup water in blender with chile mixture; process until smooth.
Place chile mixture, 1 cup water, and chocolate in pan; cook over medium heat, partially covered, 18 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in lime juice and salt.
Wine note: The complex flavors of moles are a big challenge when it comes to wine. One style I like is fruity but dry rieslings. These have crisp acidity to counterbalance a mole's intense flavor, plus a touch of fruitiness that plays perfectly off the chiles. A great example: Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Cold Creek Vineyard 2003 from Washington's Columbia Valley ($17). -Karen MacNeil
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