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Mole Sauce

Yield 3 cups (serving size: 1/3 cup)


  • 1 stemmed dried seeded ancho chile (about 1 ounce)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons blanched almonds
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 (6-inch) corn tortillas, torn into small pieces
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 6 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 88
  • caloriesfromfat 37 %
  • fat 3.6 g
  • satfat 1.3 g
  • monofat 1.6 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 2.7 g
  • carbohydrate 14.2 g
  • fiber 3.1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1.3 mg
  • sodium 228 mg
  • calcium 32 mg

How to Make It

  1. Tear chile into large pieces. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chile pieces to pan; cook 2 minutes or until fragrant, turning pieces occasionally (do not burn). Place chile in a blender. Add almonds, garlic, and tortilla pieces to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until almonds and garlic are lightly browned. Add almond mixture to blender. Add onion to pan; cook over medium heat 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Add raisins and chile powder to pan; cook 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes; cook 3 minutes. Add tomato mixture, 1 1/2 cups broth, cocoa, juice, cinnamon, and chocolate to blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Return tomato mixture to pan. Add remaining 1/2 cup broth, salt, and pepper to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Wine note: The bold flavor of Mexican mole can be a wine-pairing challenge. The heat of chile peppers often makes red wines taste bitter or alcoholic. So try a slightly sweet white wine like Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling ($11). With just 5 percent alcohol, intense tropical fruit and lime flavors, and generous sweetness, this thirst-quenching sipper cools the heat while cutting the rich sauce with good acidity. --Jeffery Lindenmuth

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