Mole Verde: Green Mole

Total Time:
1 hr
15 min
45 min

6 servings

  • 6 ounces unhulled raw pumpkin seeds, about 2 cups
  • 2 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 6 ounces tomates verdes (tomatillos), husks removed, rinsed, and coarsely chopped
  • 6 large leaves lengua de vaca or sorrel, rinsed, stems removed, and coarsely chopped
  • 4 leaves hoja santa, stems and veins removed, coarsely chopped
  • 8 large sprigs epazote, 5 coarsely chopped, 3 left whole
  • 4 jalapeno or 6 serrano chiles, coarsely chopped, or to taste
  • Approximately 1/4 cup pork lard or vegetable oil, for frying

Toast the pumpkin seeds in an ungreased pan, turning them over and shaking the pan from time to time to prevent them from burning. Set them aside to cool and then grind them in an electric grinder to a fine powder. Put 1 1/2 cups of the broth in a blender, gradually adding the tomates verdes, lengua de vaca, hoja santa, chopped epazote, and chiles, blending as smooth as possible.

Heat the lard in a flameproof casserole in which you are going to serve the mole and fry the blended ingredients, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking; cook for about 25 minutes. Add the rest of the epazote.

Stir 1/2 cup of the broth into the pumpkin seeds until you have a smooth consistency and gradually stir into the cooked ingredients. Continue cooking over low heat, stirring constantly for 10 more minutes. Take care that the pumpkin seed mixture does not form into lumps; if this happens, put the sauce back into the blender and blend until smooth. Add any remaining broth and salt, to taste. If the sauce is too thick, add a little water to dilute.

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I guess it's a reasonable enough starting point for a mole verde, but the end result is pretty disappointing as written. It yields some decent base flavors thanks to the toasted pepitas and long cooking time, but comes out bland, unbalanced, and slightly bitter. Thankfully I had also cooked some chicken breasts in a broth with garlic, onion, and cumin. I added some of this broth and the juice of a lime at the end, and that turned it right around. Highly recommend adding some onion, garlic, and acidity to make this one palatable. Otherwise it's pretty underwhelming. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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