Pork Chops Mole

Mole is a traditional Mexican sauce made with a blend of chiles, onion, and garlic. Its most characteristic ingredient, chocolate, contributes richness without adding sweetness.

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 pork chop and 2/3 cup sauce)


  • none Cooking spray
  • 4 none (4-ounce) boned pork loin chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper strips
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper strips
  • 1 tablespoon minced seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 1 none (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, undrained
  • 1/2 ounce semisweet chocolate, grated
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro


Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Cook chops 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove from pan. Add water to pan, scraping to loosen browned bits. Pour mixture over chops; Cover and set aside.

Reheat pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell peppers, and jalapeño pepper; cook 4 minutes or until tender. Stir in tomatoes; cook 1 minute. Add chocolate and next 4 ingredients (chocolate through cumin seeds). Add the pork chops; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 256none
  • Calories from fat: 38%
  • Fat: 10.8g
  • Saturated fat: 3.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.7g
  • Protein: 27.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 12.8g
  • Fiber: 2.6g
  • Cholesterol: 71mg
  • Iron: 2.9mg
  • Sodium: 549mg
  • Calcium: 64mg

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