The one state where moles are different is Oaxaca, the “land of the seven moles.” There you find mole negro (black mole), as well as red, green and yellow moles and moles estofado, coloradito and chichilo. Slice in thin medallion sized pieces and fan out. My sauce is made up of fire roasted jalapenos (skin remove but seeds added), onion, garlic, cocoa powder, stock, sesame seeds, oregano, cumin, and coffee. 4 cloves garlic, dry roasted. A rich, authentic mole is something to behold. One of those dishes was mole poblano, a dish I had heard of, but never tasted. 2 cups chicken or beef broth. I find sugar free almond butter a good lower carb substitute to using other grains or corn meal to thicken while still giving that noted nuttiness you often find. Enjoy. Mayordomo, the famous chocolate producer of Oaxaca, has recently begun to export the red and black mole pastes that formerly were sold only at its outlets in downtown Oaxaca. Try a regular pork loin or even a smoked pork chop too for this recipe!

The mole will be nicely infused with smoke during this time too and can be removed from the grill at the same time. I also sampled wonderful mole plates in Veracruz, the Gulf state which borders Puebla. And mole negro requires dried chiles not available here, such as the chilhuacle, so for authentic flavor, it is necessary to use a paste from Oaxaca. To serve, shred the cooked pork and arrange on a serving platter. The only thing wrong with this recipe is that I do not prepare it often enough! The task of preparing the main dish fell to a Dominican nun, Sor Andrea de la Asuncion of the Convent of Santa Rosa, whose cooking was much sought after by the city’s elite. Join me on this journey as I also learn new foods and cooking techniques. Most pork tenderloins come prepped but may need some basic trimming. Mole sauces usually get their body from a thickener, such as tortillas or bread, or both. Intrigued, I ordered it. Of course I couldn’t resist picking some up to bring home. Use an immersion blender to carefully blend the entire mixture until smooth. Add the tomatillo sauce to the simmering pepita sauce.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. That’s awesome Nina, I’m so glad you love it! Like Oaxacan mole verde (green mole), ours is made with fresh chiles rather than dried, but it comes from a Mexico City-born chef. The internal temperature of your pork should reach 145 F. Remove from the grill and let rest 10 minutes. Stir in the remaining chicken broth and bring to a boil. From Yerika Munoz, executive chef at Frida Mexican Cuisine in Beverly Hills. I say this over and over. Made this tonight and it was absolutely outstanding! Because our city’s best Mexican chefs are willing to share their recipes for contemporary versions of this time-honored dish, it’s now possible to dine at home on the dish once relished by Mexican royalty. Her recipe offers an efficient sequence for roasting tomatoes, chiles, seeds, spices and other ingredients in a skillet, then pureeing, simmering and adding chocolate and thickener. Mix until a thick paste forms and slowly whisk in the stock. Set aside for smoking. I would say this recipe does a great job of giving you a mole you will love and one that is also keto friendly and lower in carbs too!

Welcome to my virtual classroom! However, it doesn’t taste like chocolate but a very rich sauce with some depth and nuttiness. 6 ounces tomates verdes (tomatillos), husks removed, rinsed, and coarsely chopped In Mexico, it is common to hand-select the components of the chocolate, which include cacao beans, almonds, sugar and spices, and have them ground to taste.

Munoz serves this sauce over chicken as well as pork. Our mole poblano recipe comes from La Casita’s chef-owners Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu. Cooking has always been one of my passions in life. Add the pork shoulder and sear on all sides. Reduce the heat and simmer until the chiles are soft and flavors have blended, about 15 to 20 minutes. Although Southern California has always been rich in Mexican food, wonderful moles were hard to come by -- until fairly recently. A woman from Puebla told me that she uses animal crackers. I love family style platters for meals like this and often fan out the pork so the mole can easily be placed over the top. I am first generation Mexican American born in Los Angeles, California. Enchiladas de Pollo en Mole Verde-Enmoladas.
Mix in a little mole sauce and separate the remaining mole sauce. 1 Fire Roasted Jalapeno, skin removed and diced, 2 tbsp Coffee (save some from your morning brew), 2 Pork Tenderloins, trimmed and patted dry. Enjoy your company because the main part of your meal will already be done. It still enjoys that honor. Let the mixture cool slightly, then blend in batches until smooth. The moles are basically the same style in Puebla, Veracruz and Guanajuato, where I bought a homemade paste that was so good I never cooked with it but ate it just the way it was, spread on a warm tortilla.

In a pot on medium heat, saute the onion and olive oil for 3-4 minutes. This adaptation is made with pork shoulder roast and is less labor-intensive than many moles. Bon Appeteach! Add the cilantro, epazote, lettuce, tortilla pieces, bolillo slices and chiles. Often times this gets overcooked and it won’t cook evenly with the rest of your pork. Mole Verde de Pollo, also called pipian, is chicken braised in a delicious green Mexican-style sauce. My mom never added garlic to her salsa recipes, but I do. While the sauce cooks, rinse out the blender and prepare second sauce. This is a great recipe to test out and dial in your Big Green Egg and get a good feel for temperature control too. Blend on high until smooth. All Rights Reserved. 3 ½- to 4-pound pork shoulder roast, fat trimmed, 6 cups chicken broth, divided, plus ¼ to ½ cup if needed, 5 tomatillos, husked and chopped (about 1 cup), ½ cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds), hulled, 1 bunch cilantro (tough lower stems removed), 7 poblano chiles, seeds removed, chopped (4 cups chopped), Shrimp Saganaki With Halloumi and Harissa, Sesame Cold Noodles With Crab and Crunchy Vegetables, Chopped Pear Salad With Buttermilk Dressing. Dedicated to my parents Ramiro and Blanca.

Pour the mole sauce over the top and garnish with cilantro and cotija cheese if desired. I simplified it and added baby spinach to give it a deep green color. Add the peanuts and the raw pepitas and cook for 2 more minutes. But it’s not just for saucing meats; mole is also used in many other ways.

Add a little water or broth (one-fourth to one-half cup) if necessary to make a thick but pourable sauce. The beautiful tiled kitchen of the convent where mole was created is now a museum, and shops in Puebla sell mole paste as a souvenir. It was like nothing I had ever eaten. Ladle generously with extra warm molé sauce. Not everyone has the time or skill to blend their own sauce, so even in Mexico, cooks use the pastes, which include the basic components -- chiles, chocolate, nuts and spices. Ready for some pork mole perfection? You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Now you are ready to prepare enchiladas the next day! After we enjoy the mole with the whole pieces of chicken, I will shred all of the remaining meat. Once simmering, remove from the heat and use an immersion blender to make it nice and smooth. Indirect heat and a nice low temperature of 225 F. Your shooting for an internal temperature of 145 F. Place a small amount of lump charcoal into the base of your grill and light the center. Because it was labor-intensive and expensive, it eventually became the fiesta dish, spreading to other regions. Roast the jalapenos to start then remove the skin and stems and set them aside.

This is NOT that kind of recipe and is not considered authentic. Next, I like to mix in the jalapeno and the almond butter. To serve: Ladle the chicken with plenty of mole sauce and garnish with extra toasted pepitas and cilantro. All opinions are my own. Serve with Mexican rice and fresh garnishes. In a bowl, combine the spices for the rub. Learn how your comment data is processed. Mole sauces usually get their body from a thickener, such as tortillas or bread, or both. The recipes you will find here are healthier, low carb variations of classic comfort foods that soothe the soul. Use a thermometer to check the temperature and once it hits around 140 F you can remove it and tent it to rest around 10 minutes or so before slicing so the juices can redistribute. Embracing my Mexican heritage and sharing all the wonderful flavors, colors and foods I grew up with. I like to cook the sauce first, then use a little bit of the mole to coat the pork tenderloin completely. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a Dutch oven. Prep the pork tenderloin by removing any silver skin and patting it dry. Garnish with crumbled queso fresco or cotija, sliced onion and crema(I was out). As in Mexico, poblano-style mole is most common, though in Oaxacan restaurants, it would be mole negro (known as “king of the moles” in Oaxaca). Step 2:To the blender, add tomatillos, serrano, spinach, cilantro, bouillon and water(or broth). I am going to walk you through my shortcut version of making this mole sauce and how to cook and smoke it on the grill alongside a mole coated and spice pork loin as well. They went to Puebla to research the dish, then added their own refinements, boosting the chocolate flavor by adding ground toasted cacao beans as well as Mexican chocolate tablets. I had the grilled chicken already and it was delicious in this recipe as well. Click Play to See This Homemade Mole Sauce Recipe Come Together. Let the sauce simmer for another 10 minutes. Place on serving plate. Pour 2 cups chicken broth into the pan and cover. After 2 minutes, add the blended pepita sauce. It used to be that when you did find them, they were pedestrian, often hastily made with commercial pastes. Stop by, say hi, and stay a while. Use a few tbsp of the prepared mole to coat both pork tenderloins completely in a light thin layer as a binder. Let the pork rest 15 minutes or so while you prep your grill for indirect heat. Astonished by its richness and intensity -- chocolaty and spicy at the same time -- I wiped every trace from the plate and even brought home the plate (in those days, El Refugio sold its dinnerware). […] […], […] Download Image More @ […]. We will make this over and over! Plan ahead, prepare it ahead and have a big family and friends dinner. Stir well to combine. (It’s available at; other brands are widely available in L.A.). I went with a little pecan and cherry wood combo for a lighter flavor and nice color. Cook for the ones you love…..share your foods. “Mole is present at every special event of our lives,” says Jalisco-born chef Ramiro Arvizu of the Cenaduria La Casita Mexicana in Bell. In Oaxaca, mole negro is a popular filling for tamales; you can find them in L.A.'s Oaxacan restaurants (such as Guelaguetza) or Oaxacan delis. Particularly good were those at Dona Josefina, a restaurant in the mountain town of Naolinco, and those at Meson Xiqueno, in the colonial town of Xico. Let the mixture come to a simmer then turn off the heat.

The sauce is so beautiful and bright green before it cook down with the chicken. Set aside to be transferred to the grill for smoking. Season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt or to taste. It goes killer with this pork recipe! And if you are not a spinach lover, no worries! Sor Andrea had to prepare her mole for a viceroy, but my class was luckier. Add some of the molé sauce to pan with filled tortillas. This is a low and slow cook, but the beautiful thing about pork tenderloin is that it usually cooks in less than an hour give or take. Today you can find moles made not only with chicken, but also with pork. This takes the most time because even though there aren’t as many ingredients as a traditional mole, there are still a decent amount to help create a well rounded flavor.