Sure, this isn’t the most authentic mole sauce recipe in town, but it’s definitely one of the simplest. Our easy mole sauce tastes great, too, with earthy flavors like you’d expect: cinnamon, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and more. It’s perfect over chicken and enchiladas, or try mixing it with eggs or drizzled over fries for a deliciously earthy treat. It’s also a great steak marinade for an earthy grilled meal.
If you keep your spice rack well-stocked, the majority of ingredients you likely already have. Ancho chili powder can be found in many grocery stores – just look for the gourmet spices on the store shelves. They may, instead, carry ancho peppers , and from there, it’s simple to grind down the dried pepper into a powder for this recipe.
Like mole? You’ll love these recipes too:
- Black Bean Mole Soup: Black beans and mole are such a natural pairing. It just works.
- Pumpkin Mole Sauce: Flavors of fall pair up with earthy mole, and it’s a delicious way to ring in the season.
- Smoky Mole Bitters: One of our favorite ways to bring a cocktail to life.
Easy Mole Sauce Recipe
- 1 can diced tomatoes 15 ounce
- 2 onions chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ancho powder
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of ground cloves
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the chopped onions and cook, stirring often, until the onions are brown. Approximately 10 minutes.
- Add the chili powder, ancho chili powder, brown sugar, garlic, cinnamon, and cloves and stir for 1 minutes, until the mix is fragrant.
- Add the tomatoes, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and water. Stir to combine.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook the sauce, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and season, to taste, with salt and pepper.