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Mole Recipe for Mexican Independence Day

Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day!

September 16th is Mexico’s Independence Day, also known as Grito de Dolores.  Whip up a delicious mole sauce following our recipe below and get in the spirit.  ¡Viva México!
mole recipe

What You Will Need

  • 10 red chilies
  • 2 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp. flaked almonds
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • 14 oz. can of chopped tomatoes
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • sugar, to taste
  • 5fl oz. chicken stock
  • 3 1/2 oz. dark 70% cocoa-solids chocolate, grated


  1. Crush the chilies, coriander seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, peppercorns and cloves in a mortar and pestle. Pour into a frying pan and dry-fry for a minute or so, until lightly browned and fragrant.
  2. In a separate pan, fry the onion, garlic and cocoa powder in a little vegetable oil for two minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and bring to the boil, then add all the dry-fried spices, the cinnamon, sugar and stock and cook for 25 minutes. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Turn out and fold in the chocolate.
  4. Serve with a grilled chicken dish.