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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa and Quick Mole

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Roasted tomatillo salsa and mole for Delimex appetizers

We just got back in town after a week of spring break on a cruise. Shockingly, we didn’t have much food in our house, but that didn’t stop my family from wanting to chill out watching the college basketball tournament.

And of course that means feeding my family while they chill. Fortunately, I had a brilliant idea, and the roasted tomatillo salsa and quick mole I whipped up to go with taquitos and tamales had everyone happy.

Of course, I did have to pick up ingredients to make our dinner first, but since no food in the house means I’m heading to the store anyway to stock up on some essentials, that was a perfect excuse.

Now, I’ve made mole before (pronounced moe-lay with the emphasis on lay), and it is an all day endeavor. That part of the reason I only make it once a year.

The ingredient list is about three pages long, and it has a ton of steps with simmering and waiting between many of them. The flavor is so worth it – to the point that I don’t order mole in restaurants because mine is inevitably better – but I wanted something quick and easy, so I adapted my recipe to give me a similar flavor but in a fraction of the time.

It was perfect.

Dipping tamale in mole

I didn’t make as much mole as my typical recipe, but that’s exactly what I was looking for. This recipe made about three cups of mole, perfect to take with you to a party.

Just grab some taquitos, tamales, and other Mexican appetizers and put your mole in a pint jar, and you’re good to go.

Mole in pint jar for partie

How to Make Quick and Easy Mole

Quick and easy mole

As I mentioned, I make a mean chicken en mole. It is one of my all time favorite dishes, but it is a long Sunday afternoon project, so I don’t make it often.

Fortunately, it makes a ton, and I freeze it in batches to pull out when I want some, but of course I was out since I haven’t made it in far too long.

That didn’t stop me, and I came up with this simplified recipe for mole that still incorporates many of the important flavors while taking far less time to make. I prefer my “real” mole because anything simmered hour after hour is going to have so much more in depth of taste, but this mole was pretty darn good.

For this, I heat up my pan with a bit of oil and chop onions to saute. While they’re sauteeing, remove the stems from your dried peppers.

The ancho chile is larger and can be broken into chunks to get the seeds out for you to discard. The chipotle peppers are much smaller, so chop off the top with the stem and simply shake out most of the seeds. The remainder you’ll add to your mole.

Starting ingredients for homemade mole

Once the peppers are ready, add them to your onion to let them soften. Smash your garlic and add this, as well.

Add the cinnamon and cumin, and stir to incorporate. Let the mixture cook for two or three minutes until your onions are completely soft – because of the spices added, they won’t be translucent.

Add the can of diced tomatoes, peanut butter, and the chicken stock and stir again.

Go ahead and toast your corn tortillas. And yes, I do truly use my toaster. Just pop them in and when they come up, flip them over and toast what was the top side.

They don’t turn as dark as toast, but they get nice and crispy and the toasting adds a flavor your want.

toast corn tortillas in toaster

While they’re toasting, chop your Mexican chocolate tablet. If you can’t find Mexican chocolate, use bittersweet chocolate instead, but the Mexican chocolate is perfect – and it’s a great addition to your hot chocolate in the winter, as well.

Mexican chocolate disk

As soon as the tortillas are toasted, add them and your chopped Mexican chocolate to your pan and stir just a bit to ensure they are covered. Let this simmer for ten or so minutes, adding a touch more chicken stock if it gets too dry.

Add the mixture to your blender along with the sugar, being sure to only fill it a bit of the way up since adding too much hot material like this can really cause problems with the heat creating pressure that will blow off the top of your blender.

Again, always remember to use a folded kitchen towel to hold down the blender top while you’re blending hot ingredients. Blend until completely smooth.

Use towel to hold lid on blender

Serve immediately. This can also be stored in your fridge for two to three weeks in a tightly sealed container. Or take it to your next party and wow your friends.

This was so good slathered on my tamales. I may or may not have hidden a small jar in the back of my fridge so I can enjoy more tamales with the mole without anyone knowing!

Have you ever tried to make a homemade mole?

Down and Dirty Mole

Down and Dirty Mole

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Mole can be an all afternoon undertaking with tons of ingredients and steps. This much simplified recipe is done in under a half hour and is a delicious complement to all sorts of dishes.


  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 dried ancho chile
  • 2 dried chipotle peppers
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 t cumin, ground
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 c chicken stock
  • 2 T peanut butter
  • 2 taco size corn tortillas
  • 1/2 tablet Mexican chocolate, chopped
  • 1 T sugar


  1. Heat a pan and add oil while you chop onions. Add onions to the pan and saute.
  2. Remove stems from your dried peppers and seed, saving 1/2 t of chipotle pepper seeds.
  3. Add peppers to onion. Smash garlic and add, along with cinnamon and cumin, and stir to incorporate. Let the mixture cook for two or three minutes until onions are completely soft.
  4. Add can of diced tomatoes, peanut butter, and chicken stock and stir again.
  5. Toast corn tortillas, and chop Mexican chocolate tablet.
  6. Add toasted tortillas and chopped Mexican chocolate to pan and stir. Let simmer for ten minutes, adding chicken stock if needed.
  7. Add mixture to your blender with sugar, being sure to only fill it a bit of the way up. Use a folded kitchen towel to hold down the blender top while blending hot ingredients. Blend until completely smooth.


If you cannot find Mexican chocolate tablets, feel free to use 2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate in its place. If this is too spicy, add a little lime juice. If it isn't spicy enough, add another ancho chile.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1/3 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67Total Fat: 4.2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 108mgCarbohydrates: 6.7gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 1.4g

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  1. Tammy @ creativekkids says:

    What a great way to spice up your dinner! Thanks for linking up to Creative K Kid’s Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. I’ve pinned your post to the Tasty Tuesday’s Pinterest board.

  2. Emily says:

    It’s nearly lunchtime and I’m starving. I want to make both of these right now! The salsa looks great, but that mole recipe – seriously drooling over it. I bet it was fantastic with the Delimex Taquitos! #client

  3. That salsa looks amazing! Thank you for posting that recipe…I need to try that one ASAP.

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