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Mexican Mole Chili
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3.43 from 7 votes

Mole Chili (Instant Pot or Stove Top)

Bitter cocoa balances the zesty salsa and chipotle chili powder in this Mole Chili - made easily in the Instant Pot or on the Stove Top.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chili, mole
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 462kcal


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 lb. ground beef 80% lean
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes with green chile
  • 14 oz pinto beans drained
  • 2 C. beef broth
  • 1/2 C. salsa medium
  • 2 Tbsp baking cocoa unsweetened
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt or more to taste
  • 2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro plus more for garnish


  • Mexican crema
  • fresh mozzarella cheese


  • In your Instant Pot, saute your ground beef in the olive oil until browned. Add in your garlic and onions towards the end and cook until soft.
  • Turn off the saute feature, and add your diced tomatoes, pinto beans, beef broth, salsa, cocoa, chili powder, paprika, cumin, chili powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • Give the pot a stir, then place the cover on the Instant Pot and seal the valve. Push manual (high) and set the timer for 5 minutes.
  • Once the timer beeps finished, carefully release the pressure and determine if you need more salt. Add your cilantro and ladle into bowls - garnish with fresh mozzarella, additional cilantro and Mexican crema.


Stove Top variation: Use your dutch oven to brown your ground beef in olive oil until browned. Add your garlic and onion towards the end. Add the tomatoes, broth, salsa, and spices (except cilantro) and bring to a boil - reduce the heat to simmer for 15 minutes until the flavors combine. Add your cilantro, and garnish with additional cilantro, mozzarella cheese and crema before serving.


Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 950mg | Potassium: 1075mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1248IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 6mg