Easy Mole Sauce

Most ingredients you’ll have in a well-stocked kitchen…

Sure, this isn’t the most authentic mole sauce recipe in town, but it’s definitely one of the simplest. Our easy mole sauce tastes great, too, with earthy flavors like you’d expect: cinnamon, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and more. It’s perfect over chicken and enchiladas, or try mixing it with eggs or drizzled over fries for a deliciously earthy treat. It’s also a great steak marinade for an earthy grilled meal.

If you keep your spice rack well-stocked, the majority of ingredients you likely already have. Ancho chili powder can be found in many grocery stores – just look for the gourmet spices on the store shelves. They may, instead, carry ancho peppers , and from there, it’s simple to grind down the dried pepper into a powder for this recipe.

If you’re a mole fan, we have many more recipes based on this delicious sauce in our spicy recipe collection. This black bean mole soup, in fact, can use this recipe as one of the ingredients. Or try this recipe that adds pumpkin to the mix for a twist on the traditional. Pumpkin works really well with the common spices used in mole and its overall sweetness.

easy mole sauce

Easy Mole Sauce Recipe

A quick to make alternative to the traditional
4.43 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 32 servings
Calories 26 kcal


  • 1 can diced tomatoes 15 ounce
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ancho powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onions and cook, stirring often, until the onions are brown. Approximately 10 minutes.
  • Add the chili powder, ancho chili powder, brown sugar, garlic, cinnamon, and cloves and stir for 1 minutes, until the mix is fragrant.
  • Add the tomatoes, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and water. Stir to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook the sauce, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  • Serve.


Calories: 26kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 52mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 34IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg


Keyword Ancho Pepper, Chili Powder
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on September 28, 2019 to include new content. It was originally published on May 18, 2015.