- Mole paste
- Meat (chicken, turkey, pork) or vegetables, depending on your preference
- Chicken or vegetable broth
- Cooking oil
- Salt, to taste
- Sugar (optional, for balance if the mole is too bitter)
Choose Your Protein or Vegetables:
- Mole paste can be used with various proteins like chicken, turkey, pork, or even tofu for a vegetarian option. You can also use a combination of meats or vegetables. Select your preferred ingredients.
Brown the Protein or Vegetables:
- Heat a large, deep skillet or pot over medium-high heat. Add a bit of cooking oil and brown your chosen protein or vegetables. This step adds flavor and texture to your dish.
Dilute the Mole Paste:
- In a separate container, dissolve the mole paste in chicken or vegetable broth. The exact ratio of paste to broth can vary depending on your taste and the brand of mole paste you're using. Start with a few tablespoons of mole paste and gradually add broth until it reaches your desired thickness and flavor. Stir well to create a smooth mole sauce.
Add the Mole Sauce to the Pot:
- Pour the diluted mole sauce into the pot with the browned protein or vegetables.
Simmer and Cook:
- Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer. The cooking time can vary but often takes at least 30 minutes to an hour. The longer it simmers, the more the flavors meld together. Be sure to stir occasionally to prevent sticking and burning.
Taste and Adjust:
- Taste your mole sauce and adjust the seasoning as needed. If the mole is too bitter, you can add a small amount of sugar to balance the flavors. Adjust salt to your liking.
- Once the mole sauce is thick and the protein or vegetables are tender, your dish is ready to be served. Common accompaniments include rice, tortillas, and beans.
Remember that mole paste can vary in terms of spiciness and flavor intensity, so you may need to adjust the amount of paste and other ingredients to suit your personal taste. Enjoy your homemade mole dish!