Whip up this rich and savory Instant Pot Mole sauce with ingredients from your kitchen pantry. Serve it with chicken or turkey and rice for a complete meal.
Mole (pronounced moh-lay, is a rich, fragrant sauce that is usually associated with Puebla or Oaxaca, Mexico.
There are so many varieties of mole available today – and historically, mole is very labor intensive and requires a huge list of ingredients. In my husband’s family, there is no official recipe for mole because each woman has her own way of making her own.
For many years, my father in law always relied on his sister for (what he called) “the best” mole – made with 50+ ingredients and simmered for hours upon hours on the stovetop.
Having been married to my husband for 19 years, his mom has maybe made traditional mole once or twice. My husband’s aunt is Azteca and she makes the traditional mole. Her recipe (while memorized) is too complicated to even attempt.
Mole can include everything from lard to sugar, cinnamon, cloves, plantains, peanuts, chiles, tomatoes, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, and even chipotles. Each Mexican woman has her own mole recipe, usually passed down from her family, and it’s usually always made in large batches since it is so time consuming.
My mother in law often talks about walking back home from the molinos with buckets of mole for a fiesta. It is by far one of the most delicious meals, and one that I don’t make as often as I would like.
We have made several varieties of mole over the last few months – but found a new recipe from Maria at An Eclectic Mind and figured we would try it since we had everything here at home.
Instant Pot Mole
This Instant Pot Mole is incredible! We substituted turkey for the chicken and left out the cloves. You can taste the deep flavor of raisins and cocoa in this mole, balanced by the kick of the pepper. It’s a great way to use up leftover turkey or chicken and even better the next day after allowing the flavors to blend even more.
This Instant Pot Mole doesn’t take lots of time like you would expect from traditional mole. After helping the kids get started on homework I started this mole just after 5 pm. Within 30 minutes it was done & ready to eat.
The house smelled incredible, and the Instant Pot was keeping the mole warm until everyone was able to sit down together.
If you don’t have rotisserie chicken or cooked turkey to use up, you can use chicken breasts. If you do, you will want to increase the cooking time to 25 minutes. Then shred the chicken in the sauce to let the flavors blend a little more.