Today we are going to Mexico and we are not going to make Tacos. We are going to make Pollo con mole!
Mole is a traditional Mexican sauce that has its origins in prehispanic Mexico. The Aztecs and the Mayas used chocolate and cocoa beans regularly as an ingredient for sauces.
Mole is traditionally made out of chili and chocolate. Its actual origin is wrapped in legends, but one thing is for sure: there are countless variations and recipes.
Mole poblano is a recipe of mole originated in the city of Puebla. It is a sauce, poured over fried guajolote, the Mexican turkey. Its main ingredients are different varieties of chilies and bitter chocolate. Nowadays, the turkey is often substituted by chicken.
If you want more information about mole (the texts are in Spanish):
- Curiel Montiagudo, José Luis (2004). «Construcción y evolución del mole virreynal». Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes. Consultado el 7 de enero de 2016.: http://www.cultura.gob.mx/turismocultural/cuadernos/pdf12/cuaderno12.pdf#page=25
- Flores y Escalante, Jesús (noviembre de 1993). «Nuestro mero mole». Breve Historia de la Cocina Mexicana. Consultado el 7 de enero de 2016.
As for the recipe: