What is Mole Sauce, and What’s In It That Makes It So Good?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 11:06 pm

If you haven’t ever had Mole Enchiladas, and washed them down with a great tasting Cadillac Margarita then you just haven’t lived. Mole is one of those Mexican foods that can take many forms, and always tastes great.

Mole is in fact so popular that it has become the national dish of Mexico. El Portal in Pasadena is a Mexican restaurant with truly mouthwatering mole skills. But what’s the story behind this delicious sauce and how exactly do chefs create it?

The word ‘mole’ derives from the Aztec word ‘molli’ which simply means sauce or mixture. The mixture created to make the sauce usually contains things like chiles, nuts, seeds and vegetables. (A few even contain chocolate.) Traditional mole flavors range from sweet and nutty to a slightly bitter taste.

The majority of mole sauces use over 20 ingredients with consistency varying. One may look like a soup; another may be reminiscent of barbecue sauce. This video explains a little more about what goes into an authentic mole sauce:

There are three popular types: Mole Poblano is the most popular and one that is used in the majority of Mexican restaurants. It’s a dark sauce that combines sweet chocolate with spicy peppers.

Another, Mole Manchamantel, is bright red and contains spicy chorizo, tomato, chilled, pineapple and plantain. As you can image, this gives it a sweet, fruit and spicy taste all in one mouthful.

The last is a much simpler sauce. Mole Amarillo, which has a yellow color and is similar to an Indian curry sauce.

Get yourself, your friends, and your family down to El Portal in Pasadena and get yourself some Mole. You won’t be disappointed, unless you ask for the their secret recipe, and once you have some go ahead a wash it down with a Cadillac Margarita or two. Pure heaven.

El Portal is located at 695 E. Green St., in Pasadena. For more information call (626) 795-8553 or visit https://www.elportalrestaurant.com/.

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