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Slow Cooker Turkey Mole

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Amy Stone

Hands-on time 45 mins
Total time 6 hrs

Serves 8 (serving size: 1 cup)

Shred meat and return to sauce for ease of serving, or place drumsticks on a platter. Serve over rice or with corn tortillas. To prepare the dish stovetop, simmer in a Dutch oven 4 hours or until meat pulls away from the bones.


  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes), divided
  • 3 1/2 pounds turkey drumsticks (skin-on) (about 4 drumsticks)
  • 5 (dried) ancho chiles
  • 5 (dried) guajillo chiles
  • 6 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 cup sliced plantain, soft, black, and very ripe
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, deeply toasted
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 24 garlic cloves, halved lengthwise
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly vertically sliced
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes

Nutrition Information

  • calories 390
  • fat 14.7 g
  • satfat 4.5 g
  • monofat 5.4 g
  • polyfat 3.5 g
  • protein 40 g
  • carbohydrate 28 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 133 mg
  • iron 6 mg
  • sodium 463 mg
  • calcium 91 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine orange juice, 1/4 cup lime juice, and turkey; refrigerate 30 minutes. Remove turkey from marinade; discard marinade. Pat turkey dry.

  2. While turkey marinates, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chiles; toast 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly charred. Cool slightly. Remove and discard stems; keep seeds.

  3. Bring stock to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add plantain, chiles, and pecans; simmer 20 minutes or until chiles are very soft.

  4. Reduce heat to low. Add chocolate, stirring to prevent scorching. Add oregano, salt, and cumin; simmer 10 minutes.

  5. Pour sauce into a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure lid on blender. Place a towel over opening in lid. Blend until smooth.

  6. Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add turkey; cook 10 minutes, browning on all sides.

  7. Scatter celery, garlic, and onion in a 6-quart slow cooker. Top with turkey and sauce; cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours or until meat is very tender.

  8. Remove turkey. Shred meat; discard bones and skin. Stir meat, remaining lime juice, and sugar, if desired, into sauce. Top with cilantro and radishes.

Cook's Notes

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