Mandy's Molé Sauce

Recipe by Mandy Pagano

Recipe originally published on on 7/23/19. It has been lightly edited for re-publication.


Molé is a rich, traditional Mexican sauce, with origins claimed by both the Puebla and Oaxaca provinces. It's typically made with a variety of chiles, there's almost always chocolate in it, and most recipes contain twenty or more ingredients.

My molé isn't exactly traditional: I used peppers I had on hand between the pantry and my container garden; I used no thickeners or fruits, and; I can only claim eighteen ingredients instead of the traditional 20+. But, it's still a pretty tasty little concoction, and it's perfect on top of Chile Rellenos (coming soon, y'all!).

Notes: You'll notice that I call for 1/2 of a few peppers and half a can of Rotel. When I make a full batch of this stuff, using whole peppers and the full can, it yields 20 fl oz. That's two-and-a-half cups of sauce, y'all. That's a LOT of molé, and it takes me a solid week or more of making various dishes with molé as a sauce or topping to use it all up. If you're feeding a big crowd, hey go ahead and make a big, double batch using whole peppers and the entire can of Rotel, but otherwise this amount is probably enough for one batch.

Another thing to keep in mind, with the cocoa butter content in the chocolate, when you store this stuff in the fridge it gets very thick and semi-solid. When you re-heat, either do it slowly over low in a small saucepan OR heat on half power for fifteen second increments, stirring between each one until it's thinned out and warmed through.

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Mandy's Molé Sauce

  •  Author: Mandy Pagano
  •  Prep Time: 10 minutes
  •  Cook Time: 45 minutes
  •  Total Time: 55 minutes
  •  Yield: 10 fl oz (20 tbsp)
  •  Method: Stovetop
  •  Cuisine: Mexican
  •  Keywords: chocolate, dairy-free, nuts, sauces, mexican


  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1.5 oz (42 g) dried chile peppers (chile guajillo), cut small with kitchen shears, seeds included
  • 1/2 small habanero pepper, diced fine (approx 1.5 g)
  • 1 small, fresh chili pepper, red, fine dice (approx. 1 g)
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeño, seeded and finely diced (approx. 20 g)
  • 64 g onion, finely diced
  • 16 g almond flour (approx. 2 tbsp)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 can (approx. 5 oz total, or 142 g) Rotel, including the juice from the can
  • 1 1/2 c (12 fl oz) chicken bone broth or stock, as desired
  • 24 g (approx. 2 tbsp) Swerve brown
  • 1 tbsp dark chili powder
  • 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon, ground
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp five spice powder
  • several turns fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 oz finely chopped 100% chocolate


  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the dried chiles, diced peppers, onion, almond flour, and garlic.
  3. Cook over medium until soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the Rotel and 1/2 c (4 fl oz) of the chicken stock, and cook down at a simmer (over low or medium-low, as needed) for 30 minutes, adding the rest of the stock a little at a time while stirring, to keep the bottom from catching.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor, and then add the spices to the mixture. Pulse a few times to combine.
  6. Turn the motor on and let it run to purée the mixture, while gradually adding the chopped chocolate through the chute. Purée until completely smooth.
  7. Dress your dish with completed molé sauce, as desired OR transfer to a lidded container or a large mason jar, let stand to cool, then put the lid on and refrigerate if not using immediately.
  8. Heat gently over low before serving, if using out of the refrigerator.


  • Serving Size: 1 tbsp
  • Calories: 45.4 cal
  • Fat: 3.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.4 g
    • Fiber: 0.9 g
    • Net Carbs [total carbs - (fiber + sugar alcohol)] : 2.3 g
  • Protein: 1.6 g

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