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.

This is, however, 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. Served over Brown Rice or Dirty Rice with a dollop of sour cream.


Black Bean Mole

Servings: 6 | Serving size: about 2 cups

Cooking time: 180 minutes

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

Black Bean Mole


1 tsp. olive oil
5 cloves garlic (minced)
2 medium white onions (diced)
1 15-ounce can no salt added canned diced tomatoes
2 1/2 cups no salt added vegetable stock (or no salt added chicken stock)
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
4 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp. ground cloves (or 2 whole cloves)
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. no salt added chili powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup, packed raisins
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cup water
2 squares baking chocolate
3 15-ounce cans 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 to 10 minutes until softened.

Add the tomatoes, chipotle peppers, oregano, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, cumin, chili powder, salt, preserves, 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.

Serve over brown rice.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 2 cups

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories 296 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value
Total Fat 7g 9%
    Saturated Fat 3g 17%
    Monounsaturated Fat 2g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 132mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 17%
    Dietary Fiber 16g 56%
    Sugars 8g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 13%
Calcium 5% Iron 15%
Vitamin K 12mcg Potassium 353mg