Mexican women are famous for cooking their mole (pronounced MOH-lay) sauces for days on end, but I promise you, you’ll enjoy this quick version every bit as much! Mole sauces with their combination of chili, spices, nuts, tomatoes and chocolate tantalize our taste buds. Dreamt up by our Latina neighbors, mole features foods native to the Americas. This vegetarian & vegan mole sauce perfectly accompanies any protein of your choice!
- 2 cup diced fresh roma tomatoes, preferably organic
- 1 1/2 cup Teeccino Maya Chocolaté, brewed strong
- 1/2 cup white onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed in a garlic press
- 2 tablespoons toasted almonds, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon golden raisins
- 2 teaspoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce for medium heat (if you like it mild, use 1 teaspoon; if you like it on the hotter side, use 1 tablespoon)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: Depends on the protein
Preheat Oven to 350°F or 375°F depending on protein.
In a blender or food processor, purée all of the above ingredients except the chocolate until smooth. Pour the mixture into a thick-bottomed skillet or pot and simmer over low heat until it thickens (20 to 30 minutes). Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon. Stir in the finely chopped chocolate and add salt to taste. Remove from heat and set aside.
• 4 chicken breasts, preferably organic
• Optional: Cilantro, green onions, lime slices
Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Brown both sides in a very hot pan with a little bit of olive oil. Layer in a baking ban and cover with mole sauce. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Optional: Top with a bit of chopped cilatro or green onion and decorate pan with lime slices.
2 lbs wild salmon, halibut, mahi mahi or other firm white fish
Brush or spray fish with olive oil. Layer fish in baking pan. Cover with mole sauce. Bake until fish flakes apart easily with a fork at 350 degrees.
2 lbs Tofu, firm
Drain tofu and cut into 1 inch thick squares or long strips. Brush or spray tofu with olive oil or coconut oil. Arrange tofu cubes or strips on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees and then cover with mole sauce. Bake 20 minutes more.