Mole Poblano de Guajolote

mole poblano de guajolote

Mole Poblano de Guajolote

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Mole Poblano de Guajolote is a traditional dish of Mexico. It's an elegant dish that is perfect for special occasions, but you can also serve it in your home to enjoy with your family.
Servings: 6
Calories: 924


  • 6 lb turkey cut into serving pieces
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • salt
  • 6 tbsp lard or corn oil
  • fresh coriander and 30 ml 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds, to garnish

for the sauce

  • 6 dried ancho chillies
  • 4 dried pasilla chillies
  • 4 dried mulato chillies
  • 1 drained canned chipotle chilli seeded and chopped (optional)
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 lb tomatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1 stale tortilla torn into pieces
  • 2 oz cup seedless raisins
  • 4 oz ground almonds
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds ground
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds ground
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground anise
  • 1/4 tsp ground black peppercorns
  • 4 tbsp lard or corn oil
  • 1/2 oz unsweetened bitter chocolate, broken into squares
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


  • Put the turkey pieces into a saucepan or flameproof casserole large enough to hold them in one layer comfortably. Add the onion and garlic, and enough cold water to cover. Season with salt, bring to a gentle simmer, cover and cook for about 1 hour or until the turkey is tender.
  • Meanwhile, put the ancho, pasilla and mulato chillies in a dry frying pan over gentle heat and roast them for a few minutes, shaking the pan frequently. Remove the stems and shake out the seeds. Tear the pods into pieces and put these into a small bowl. Add sufficient warm water to just cover and soak, turning from time to time, for 30 minutes until soft.
  • Lift out the turkey pieces and pat them dry with kitchen paper. Reserve the stock in a measuring jug. Heat the lard or oil in a large frying pan and saute the turkey pieces until lightly browned all over. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Reserve the oil that is left in the frying pan.
  • Tip the chillies, with the water in which they have been soaked, into a food processor. Add the chipotle chilli, if using, with the onions, garlic, tomatoes, tortilla, raisins, ground almonds and spices. Process to a puree. Do this in batches if necessary.
  • Add the lard or oil to the fat remaining in the frying pan used for sauteing the turkey. Heat the mixture, then add the chilli and spice paste. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the mixture to the pan or casserole in which the turkey was originally cooked. Stir in 475 ml (16 fl oz) 2 cups of the turkey stock (make it up with water if necessary). Add the chocolate and season with salt and pepper. Cook over a low heat until the chocolate has melted. Stir in the sugar. Add the turkey and more stock if needed. Cover the pan and simmer very gently for 30 minutes.
  • Serve, garnished with fresh coriander and sprinkled with the sesame seeds.
Calories: 924 kcal
Carbohydrates: 33 g
Protein: 78 g
Fat: 55g
Saturated Fat: 8 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 232 mg
Sodium: 410 mg
Potassium: 1439 mg
Fiber: 8 g
Sugar: 10 g
Vitamin A: 1420 IU
Vitamin C: 80 mg
Calcium: 197 mg
Iron: 6 mg
Cuisine Mexican
Ingredients Minced turkey, Turkey
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