Ancho Mole Sauce

The Ancho Mole Sauce is a great heart healthy option for adding to your poultry instead of commonly used sauce bases that include cheeses or milk products. You will be sure to enjoy this flavorful filling addition to your meal.

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4 dried Ancho chilies 4 cups warm water
4 whole canned plum tomatoes, drained 1/2 canola/vegetable oil
1/2 raw almonds, chopped 1 1/2 onces Bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 unsalted roasted peanuts
1/2 raisins
1/2 sesame seeds


Place chilies in large bowl; pour 4 cups warm water over them. Let stand until chilies are soft, about 2 hours, turning occasionally. Drain, reserving 1 cup soaking liquid. Coarsely chop chilies.

Heat oil in heavy, large skillet over medium-low heat. Add almonds, peanuts, raisins and sesame seeds; sauté until toasted, about 12 minutes. Transfer mixture to processor; add chilies with 1 cup reserved chili soaking liquid and plum tomatoes. Puree until mixture is almost smooth.

Return mixture to skillet: add 2 3⁄4 cups water and bring to boil, whisking to blend. Reduce heat to medium-low; add chocolate and whisk until melted. Simmer until sauce thickens and darkens, adding more water by 1⁄4 cupfuls if too thick, about 15 minutes. Season with pepper.

This can be made one day ahead. Cool slightly, cover and chill. Re-warm over low heat, whisking often.

Serving suggestions: serve over grilled chicken, pork or red snapper

Nutritional Content:

Calories 126
Fat 10 g
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrates 8 g
Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
Sodium 31 mg

This tasty, heart-healthy recipe is part of Memorial Hermann’s effort to support people in making better food choices which are nutritional balanced.  Developed by registered dietitians, it offers a quick, easy food solution to complement a healthy, active lifestyle. 

As with any nutrition or exercise program, consult your physicians and registered dietitian before embarking upon a specific plan.  This plan is not meant to cure or prevent disease, rather it is intended for information and reference purposes only and is not for use as an alternative for appropriate medical care.  If you think you have a medical problem, you should seek professional medical help immediately.