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Traditional Molé


The story behind this sauce tells of two nuns surprised by a visitor. They had little in the way of food and so they used a molcajete to grind every ingredient they could find and simmered it in liquid until it thickened into a sauce.
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes


12 guajillo chiles, roasted, skinned, stemmed and seeded
3 tomatoes, roasted and peeled
1/4 cup lard
1 onion, peeled and sliced
8 garlic cloves
1 stick of cinnamon torn into small pieces
1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
1/4 cup unsalted peanuts or unsweetened peanut butter
1 clove
1/4 cup masa
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon anise seeds
1/4 cup raisins, soaked in water to soften (optional)
3 peppercorns
4 cups chicken broth



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