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Quick and Easy MOLE for Día de Los Muertos

Mole is a rich, dark complex sauce made with chile peppers, chocolate and many more ingredients served during Día de Los Muertos. Today I am sharing a quick and easy mole recipe that you can make any day of the week, but this simplified version doesn't skimp on flavor. My Quick and Easy MOLE for Día de Los Muertos is rich, savory, delicious sauce.
Author Vianney Rodriguez


  • Poached fully cooked chicken breasts or chicken thighs
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds or whole almonds
  • 6 large garlic cloves sliced
  • 4 teaspoons cumin seeds or 4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 teaspoons coriander seeds or 4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3 dried guajillo chiles stem removed, seeded
  • 2 dried ancho chiles stem removed, seeded
  • 3 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 cup raisins or figs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 3.1-ounce disk Mexican chocolate
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sesame seeds optional
  • Warm flour tortillas


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add sliced onions and sauté until lightly browned, about 18 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add almonds, garlic, cumin, and coriander. Sauté, stirring continuously until almonds and garlic begin to lightly brown, about 2 minutes. Add chiles and stir until beginning to soften, an additional 2 minutes.
  2. Add chicken broth, orange juice, raisins and oregano. Cover and simmer until chiles are very soft, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat; add chocolate. Let stand until chocolate melts and sauce mixture cools slightly, about 15 minutes.
  3. Working in small batches, transfer sauce mixture to blender and puree until smooth; return to reserved pot. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm over poached chicken, garnish with sesame seeds, fresh cilantro and warm tortillas.
  4. DO AHEAD: Can be made 3 days ahead. Chill until cold, then cover and keep chilled. Rewarm over low heat before serving.