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Easy Mole Sauce

This mole sauce recipe takes a few shortcuts like using chili powder and almond butter, but tastes like you've been cooking it all day.
Course Sauce
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 59kcal
Author Ryan Beck


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup white onion, chopped
  • ½ poblano pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


  • Heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, poblano pepper, oregano, cumin and cinnamon and cook for about 10 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • With about 1 minute left, add garlic and combine. Mix in chili powder and flour and stir for about 2 minutes until combined. Gradually add chicken stock, whisking constantly and scraping up bits on bottom of pan. Bring to boil and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and use immersion blender to puree until smooth.
  • Return saucepan to medium-high heat and stir in the chocolate, almond butter, tomato paste and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Adjust for salt if needed. Serve warm.


  • Check your spices and make sure they aren't expired. In order to have great flavor, you want to make sure your spices aren't too old.
  • Use quality dark chocolate for the sauce. If you can find Mexican chocolate, even better.
  • If using a blender, blend the sauce in batches and cover the top with a towel so it doesn't go everywhere.
  • The sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 3 months.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g