Making a mole sauce is a bit time consuming and some ingredients are difficult to find. I knew it would be a fun challenge so I decided to give it a shot. The mole turned out well and I liked the nutty, spicy chocolate flavor of the sauce. The pork was excellent with those flavors. A lot of mole recipes are super complex and involved so I’ll try to make this one a little easier to follow.
Pork with Mole Negro Sauce
(Makes 3 Servings)
Pork Marinade Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp. ancho chile powder
- 1 tbsp. dried oregano
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 3 cloves garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
- cilantro, for garnish (optional)
- soft tacos (optional)
- Marinate the pork over night in the refrigerator.
- 2 ounces dried guajillo chilies (tops and seeds removed)
- 1 tomatillo, quartered
- 1 slice white bread, toasted and crumbled
- 1 Pasilla Pepper, halved with tops and seeds removed
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 tsp ancho chile powder
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 2 tablespoons dry-roasted peanuts
- 2 tablespoons cashews
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup ripe banana
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 3 oz. tablet Mexican chocolate, chopped
- Cover the quajillos with boiling water and let soak for 10 minutes.
- Soak the raisins in warm water until softened.
- In a 500F oven, roast the pasilla pepper and tomatillos until they are soft and blackened.
- Toast the nuts in the oven.
- Grind the nuts in a grinder.
- Puree the chilies, pasilla, and tomatillos in a blender with some chicken stock.
- Puree the raisins and banana in a blender with some chicken stock.
- Heat the oil in a pan.
- Add onion and saute until tender.
- Add the tomatoes, oregano, sesame seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, ancho powder, leftover chicken stock, crumbled bread, chilies, fruit, nuts and chocolate.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and puree in a blender. Bring the sauce back to a boil for another 10 minutes.
- Spoon some of the mole onto the pork. In a preheated 400F oven, cook the marinated pork for 45 minutes, or until the inside has reached 150F.