How to Make Mole Negro

How to Make Mole Negro

Mole Negro, or black mole, is a complex and richly flavored sauce that is a staple in Mexican cuisine. It is made with a variety of ingredients, including chili peppers, spices, nuts, and, of course, chocolate. The sauce can be used to flavor many different dishes, from chicken and beef to vegetables and even desserts.

If you're looking for the ultimate mole negro recipe, look no further. In this article, we'll break down the steps to make a truly unforgettable mole negro that will impress even the most discerning foodies.


  • 6 ancho chilies
  • 6 guajillo chilies
  • 4 pasilla chilies
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup plantains
  • 1/4 cup tortilla
  • 1/4 cup bread
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 ounces of chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  1. Prepare the chilies by removing the stems, seeds, and veins. Place them in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let them soak for 30 minutes until they are soft.

  2. Toast the sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, peanuts, raisins, plantains, and tortilla in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.

  3. In the same skillet, toast the cinnamon sticks, cloves, oregano, thyme, marjoram, and black peppercorns for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

  4. In a blender, combine the toasted seeds, nuts, and tortilla with the spices and blend until it forms a smooth paste.

  5. Add the garlic and onion to the skillet and sauté until the onion is translucent.

  6. Add the blended paste to the skillet and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened and darkened in color.

  7. Drain the soaked chilies and add them to the blender with 2 cups of broth. Blend until it forms a smooth puree.

  8. Strain the puree into the skillet with the nut and seed mixture. Add the remaining 2 cups of broth and stir until everything is well combined.

  9. Add the chocolate, salt, and sugar to the skillet and stir until the chocolate has melted and everything is well combined.

  10. Simmer the mole over low heat for 45 minutes to 1 hour until it has thickened and the flavors have melded together.

  11. Serve over your favorite dish, such as chicken, beef, or vegetables.

This mole negro recipe may seem daunting at first, but the end result is well worth the effort. The combination of spices, nuts, and chocolate creates a depth of flavor that is sure to impress. Try it out for your next dinner party or special occasion and watch as your guests rave about your culinary skills.

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