How to Make Mole Amarillo

How to Make Mole Amarillo

Mole Amarillo is a traditional Mexican sauce made with ingredients such as yellow chiles, garlic, onion, oregano, and of course, chocolate. The result is a slightly sweet and savory sauce that pairs well with chicken, pork, or even vegetables. In this blog post, we will share the best mole amarillo recipe that you can make at home using high-quality ingredients, including our own criollo cacao.


  • 6-8 dried guajillo chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 ounces Kixocolatl criollo chocolate
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat a dry skillet over medium heat and toast the guajillo and ancho chiles until they are fragrant and slightly browned, about 1-2 minutes per side. Be careful not to burn them.
  2. Place the toasted chiles in a bowl and pour the chicken broth over them. Allow them to soak for 15-20 minutes until they are soft and pliable.
  3. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the flour and stir constantly for about 5 minutes until the mixture is golden brown and has a nutty aroma.
  4. Add the onion and garlic to the saucepan and sauté for about 5 minutes until the onion is translucent.
  5. Add the tomatoes, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and almonds to the saucepan and sauté for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Add the cinnamon stick, cumin, coriander, oregano, black pepper, and water to the saucepan. Stir well to combine.
  7. Add the soaked chiles and chicken broth to the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
  8. Remove the cinnamon stick and transfer the mixture to a blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  9. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer and return it to the saucepan.
  10. Add the Kixocolatl criollo chocolate to the saucepan and stir until it has melted and the sauce is smooth.
  11. Season with salt to taste.

Serve the mole amarillo over cooked chicken, pork, or vegetables. Garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro, if desired.

Making mole amarillo from scratch may seem intimidating, but with the right ingredients and technique, you can create a delicious and authentic sauce that will impress your guests. Using high-quality ingredients, including our own criollo cacao, will enhance the flavor and quality of your mole amarillo. Give this recipe a try and experience the rich and complex flavors of Mexican cuisine.

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