Notes: You'll find mole paste at Latino markets or in the international section at supermarkets. Serve dip with assorted sliced raw vegetables.
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1. To a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, add oil, onion, and garlic. Stir often until onion is tinged golden, about 4 minutes. Add mole and 1/2 cup broth. Stir to incorporate mole and cook until most of the liquid evaporates, about 4 minutes more; remove from heat.
2. Add beans, mashing about half of them to thicken the mixture. If mixture is too thick for dipping easily, stir in 1 tablespoon broth at a time until mixture is the desired consistency. Spread bean mixture 3/4 inch thick on a serving platter; set aside. (If making ahead, cover and chill until next day.)
3. In a food processor or blender, combine the cilantro, chilies, and salsa. Whirl or grind until mixture forms a paste as thick as pesto. Occasionally scrape paste from sides of container down into blade area. Spoon cilantro mixture over center of beans.
4. Distribute cheese over the spread; surround with sliced vegetables.
Nutritional analysis per tablespoon.
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