Mole Coloradito

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This brick-red mole, courtesy of Restaurante El Naranjo in Oaxaca City, is made with chile ancho, sesame seeds, and almonds. It’s also part of our Day of the Dead story here.

Mole Coloradito
Heat Scale: Mild to medium
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  1. 10 ancho chiles
  2. 1 pasilla chile
  3. 4 large roma tomatoes
  4. 4 medium cloves garlic, unpeeled
  5. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  6. 2 slices day-old bread
  7. 15 blanched almonds
  8. ½ cup sesame seeds
  9. 10 black peppercorns
  10. 1 tablespoon dried Mexican oregano (preferably Oaxacan)
  11. 3 whole cloves
  12. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  13. 1 piece Mexican cinnamon (approximately 1 inch)
  14. 3 cups chicken stock
  15. Salt
  16. 2 tablespoons sugar
  17. 8 pieces chicken or pork, cooked
  18. ½ medium onion
  19. 3 garlic cloves
  20. Salt
  1. Clean the chiles with a damp cloth, then discard the seeds and stems. Roast the chiles slightly on a hot skillet. Transfer to a pot with hot water, and let them soak for 20 minutes.
  2. On a separate skillet, dry-roast the tomatoes and the unpeeled garlic cloves.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons oil to a skillet and fry the bread until pale gold. Add the blanched almonds, sesame seeds, oregano, black peppercorns and cloves. Reserve.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a big pot, blend the chiles with enough fresh water, and add to the pot. Let it fry for about 8 to10 minutes. Blend the reserved nuts and spices along with the tomatoes, garlic, and enough water. Add to the cooking pot.
  5. Blend the cinnamon with a little water and pass through a sieve over the mole. Simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes.
  6. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Let cook for 15 minutes, then add salt and sugar to taste. The mole should cover the back of a spoon.
  7. Add boiled chicken (see below), let simmer for 10 minutes, and serve with rice and tortillas.
  8. To cook the chicken: Bring 2 quarts water to a boil, add ½ onion, 3 cloves garlic and salt. When boiling, add the chicken pieces and let it boil until the meat is done.
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