Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


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There are a lot of mole (pronounced MOE lay) recipes in Mexican cooking. This one with chocolate is the classic and for many an acquired taste. The chocolate adds a savory flavor that's just a little bitter when you are used to the sweetness of chocolate. The sauce is great over almost any meat but I love the black beans as a side dish or filling for tacos.

This is a very easy recipe to make. It takes some time to cook the sauce but the total hands on cooking time is only about 30 minutes.


Black Bean Mole

Servings: 6 | Serving size: about 1 cup

Cooking Time: 180 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied and is better the second and third day. Reheat gently.

1 tsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1 medium onion (diced)
1/2 15 ounce can no salt added diced tomatoes
1 small chipotle pepper in adobo
2 tsp dried oregano leaves
2 cloves (whole)
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp peach or apricot preserves
1 Tbsp Dutch process cocoa
1 cup water
1 ounce unsweetened baker's chocolate
3 15 ounce can no salt added black beans (drained and rinsed)

Place the olive oil in a medium stock pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook for about 7 - 10 minutes until softened.

Add the tomatoes, chipotle peppers, oregano, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, cumin, chili powder, salt, preservers, cocoa and water. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.

Add the baker's chocolate and cook over low heat for another 10 minutes until the chocolate is melted.

After the sauce has cooked to the point where the onions and tomatoes are very soft remove from the heat and let cool for about 15 minutes. Using a stick blender (or conventional blender in batches) puree until smooth.

Add the black beans and cook for another 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 1 cup

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories 245 Calories from Fat 22
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2g 4%
    Saturated Fat <1g 3%
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 131mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
    Dietary Fiber 8g 7%
    Sugars 11g
Protein 37g
Vitamin A 14% Vitamin C 13%
Calcium 29% Iron 29%
Vitamin K 10 mcg Potassium 784 mg
Magnesium 83 mg