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Pumpkin mole sauce
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Pumpkin Mole Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 161kcal



Prep the vegetables

  • Place the onion and garlic (unpeeled) onto a foil-lined baking sheet and broil on high for approximately 6 to 8 minutes (less or more as needed) - stirring occasionally to evenly char and soften.
  • Remove the onions and garlic from the broiler and let them sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Peel the garlic.

Rehydrate the ancho peppers

  • Heat a pan over medium heat (no oil) and heat a pot of water to boiling.
  • Slice the ancho peppers into strips, then add the ancho strips to the pan. Dry roast the ancho pepper for 4 to 5 minutes - until the edges slightly are darkened.
  • Transfer the chilies to the boiling water, then remove the pot from the heat source. Allow the ancho peppers to rehydrate in the hot water for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Upon completion, keep 1 cup of the water to the side.

Make the sauce

  • Dry roast the whole cloves and allspice until fragrant (approximately 1 minute), then set them to the side.
  • Dry roast the cinnamon stick and almond slices. Dry roast the almonds until lightly browned (approximately 3 minutes). Set them to the side with the other spices.
  • Transfer the ancho peppers, onion, garlic, the reserved chili water (1 cup), toasted almonds, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon into a blender. Add the crushed red pepper. Blend until smooth.
  • In the saucepan over medium heat, heat the oil then add the ancho pepper spice mix along with the dark brown sugar and salt. Cook, stirring often for 5 minutes.
  • Add the pumpkin puree and chicken broth. Stir until the pumpkin puree is fully combined into the sauce.
  • Add the Mexican chocolate and stir until the chocolate is fully melted.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan. Allow the sauce to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes to an hour. Add additional brown sugar and salt to taste.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Serve.


Want it milder? Remove the crushed red pepper from the recipe. The ancho peppers will be the only heat source (and a very mild one at that). 


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 778mg | Potassium: 401mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3570IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1.5mg