The Best Authentic Oaxacan Mole Recipe

Last Updated on December 5, 2022 by Cristina

Today, we’re going to be taking a look at the best authentic Oaxacan mole recipe. Mole is one of the most traditional sauces when it comes to Mexican cuisine, and we’re going to show you how to recreate an authentic mole. There are 7 different types of mole, with the majority of people most familiar with the flavors of chili and chocolate – but Oaxacan mole can be so much more than that! Let’s take a closer look.

What Is Oaxacan Mole?

Mole, simply translates to “sauce”. It’s a traditional sauce in Mexican cooking, and is typically used a sauce or a marinade in many Mexican dishes. There are 7 different moles of Oaxaca, and we’ll be looking at them in more detail later in this post. The 7 moles are mole poblano, mole Verde, mole negro, mole chichilo, mole Amarillo, mole coloradito and mole manchamantel.

What Is Oaxacan Mole Made Of?

As there’s several different varieties of mole, the ingredients will always vary. However, typically, they follow the same basic recipe of: toasted chiles, roasted vegetables, nuts, seeds, chocolate, dried fruit and bread/masa. It’s then made into a sauce and served with protein, such as chicken or turkey. It usually tastes, spicy, smoky and slightly sweet.

What Is Oaxacan Mole Made Of

Nutritional Information Of Oaxacan Mole

You may be curious as to the nutritional value of Oaxacan mole. The recipe we’re looking at contains the following per serving:

  • Calories: 507
  • Fat: 23g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 7mg
  • Sodium: 1375mg
  • Carbohydrates: 75g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Protein: 11g
  • Sugar: 43g

What Are The 7 Moles Of Oaxaca?

  • Mole Poblano (Red Mole). One of the most popular moles. Ingredients in this sauce usually include chiles such as ancho and mulato. Nuts such as almonds or peanuts are also typically used.
  • Mole Verde. Lots of fresh herbs are used in this sauce. Jalapenos, tomatillos and cilantro are typical ingredients used, from which it gets its green coloring.
  • Mole Negro. Sweet and spicy. Ingredients such as heavy spices like cumin and cinnamon, paired with chocolate. Hoja Santa is also a main ingredient of this dish.
  • Mole Chichilo. Typically, beef stock is the main ingredient in this sauce, alongside chilies, such as ancho and arbol.
  • Mole Amarillo. Spicy sauce which uses cornflour. Paired perfectly with shredded chicken.
  • Mole Coloradito. Sweet plantains is the key ingredient in this sauce, alongside chocolate, chili and dried fruit and nuts.
  • Mole Manchamantel. A fruity sauce, which typically includes chorizo, tomatoes and pineapple.

What Is The Special Aztec Ingredient In Mole?

Over the years, the recipe has changed slightly and enhanced the flavor of the dish. One of the most favored ingredients in mole is xocoatl. This is actually the Aztec word for chocolate!

What Is Oaxaca-Style Mole?

This simply means that it may not be authentic, and is simply in the style of an Oaxacan mole. Many people have made their own take on this infamous sauce/marinade and they do like to veer off from the traditional recipe to acquire the sauce to their own taste.

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Authentic Oaxacan Mole Recipe

This authentic recipe is inspired by one from All Recipes. It makes 4 servings. For full nutritional information, check above. Let’s take a closer look.


  • stemmed and seeded chiles (3 chipotle chiles, 2 ancho chiles, 2 guajillo chiles)
  • 2 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 torn dinner roll
  • 2 corn tortillas (cut into strips)
  • 2 tomatoes, halved
  • 5 tomatillos, halved
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 head of garlic
  • 1/3 cup of peanuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of raisins
  • 1 tbsp of lard
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 tbsp of white sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 5oz of chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 6 allspice berries

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Recipe – Authentic Oaxacan Mole Recipe

Step 1: Toast The Chiles

Heat a pan to a medium heat. Add the ancho, chipotle and guajillo chiles to a dry pan and cook for around 3 minutes. Once toasted, remove from heat and add to a blender.

Step 2: Heat The Broth

Add 2 cups of broth to a pan and leave to simmer for around 5 minutes. Once warm, remove from heat and add to the blender.

Step 3: Toast Bread

Add the strips of tortilla and torn dinner roll to a dry pan. Be sure to stir often. Heat for around 3 minutes and add to the blender.

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Step 4: Soften The Bread – Authentic Oaxacan Mole Recipe

Leave the tortillas and bread to soak in the broth in the blender. You want the bread to be soft, and this should take around ten minutes. Once softened, you can now blend the mixture of chiles, broth, bread and tortillas.

Step 5: Cook Tomatoes

Add the tomatoes and tomatillos to a pan and cook until soft. This should take around 4 minutes each side. Add to the blender.

Step 6: Toast The Nuts And Fruits

Add the lard to a pan and cook on a medium heat. Now add the raisins, peanuts, berries, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, onion, cumin and thyme. Cook for around 6-8 minutes. Now remove the whole spices and cinnamon, and add the rest of the mixture to the blender, and blend until smooth.

Step 7: Thicken The Sauce

Add the blended puree to a pan over a medium heat. Add the extra cup of chicken broth, along with the sugar, salt – and most importantly, the chocolate! Keep stirring until the sauce has melted and the sauce begins to thicken. Leave to simmer for around 10-15 minutes until it reaches the consistency you require. Your mole is now ready to serve!

Thicken The Sauce

Conclusion – Authentic Oaxacan Mole Recipe

I hope this post has helped you to become more familiar with an authentic Oaxacan mole recipe. While this recipe does contain a plethora of ingredients, it’s certainly worth the effort and it’s paired perfectly with protein or vegetables. It’s full of flavor and perfect for any occassion.

Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to making an authentic Oaxacan mole? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!