Mole, that culinary treasure that has captivated taste buds worldwide, is much more than a flavor medley; it reflects Mexico's rich heritage and traditions. Today, we invite you to delve into the fascinating journey of mole preparation, exploring its roots, ingredients, and the profound cultural connection it embodies, and as a bonus, a workshop that will teach you the step-by-step process of crafting this dish.
Historical roots and styles
Mole traces its origin to pre-Hispanic Mexico, blending indigenous and European influences. Its evolution over the centuries has created a variety of styles and unique flavors in different parts of the country.
Each region of Mexico boasts its unique version of mole, with family recipes passed down through generations. From the chocolate and chili nuances of mole poblano to the smoky notes of Oaxaca's mole negro —black mole, each variety tells a unique story.
Key ingredients and preparation
The soul of mole lies in its intricate blend of ingredients, varying by region and recipe. Fundamental elements include an array of chilies, chocolate, spices, herbs, and, in some versions, fruits and seeds. This diverse ensemble creates a symphony of flavors, from spicy to sweet, in every bite, often accompanied by chicken, rice, and delicious tortillas.
Preparing mole is a labor of love that demands time and dedication. Fresh and dry ingredients are toasted and ground to create the mole base, known as ‘masa.' This masa is cooked with broth and additional ingredients according to the recipe.
Learn to cook mole in Los Cabos
Cooking mole is more than a culinary task; it's an act of celebration and tradition. Mole is proudly served on special occasions and festivities, a gesture of hospitality and shared love among families and communities.
Enjoy a unique culinary experience overlooking the sea at the Encanto restaurant in Mar del Cabo. Led by Executive Chef Mario Rueda, you can enjoy a new mole workshop that explores different varieties, from red mole poblano to Taxco's pink mole with unique pink pine nuts. You'll learn firsthand how to balance chilies, chocolate, and spices to create a distinctive sauce. In addition to the recipe, you'll receive a cookbook with practical tips to recreate mole at home.
As we delve into the meticulous preparation of mole, we embark on a journey beyond the culinary; it's a voyage through history, culture, and the heart of Mexico itself. Undoubtedly, it is a dish to savor during your visit to Mexico!