Recipe for Mole De Guajolote


8 lb turkey, in serving pieces
1 onion
1 stalk celery
1 salt
2 chipotle chiles
6 mulato chiles
6 ancho chiles
4 pasilla chiles
4 tablespoon lard
3 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/3 cup almonds
1/3 cup peanuts
1/4 cup raisins
1 tortilla
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


1/4 t ground cinnamon 4 peppercorns 1 t or more seeds reserved from chiles 1 large onion, roughly chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 qt turkey stock 1 oz unsweetened chocolate 3 medium tomatoes, peeled

Here's the one I used, which is adapted from Richard Condon and Wendy Bennett, The Mexican Stove: What to Put on It and in It, Doubleday 1973. It's rather like Mr. Tabnik's two-chile mole, except that it doesn't use anise and has more kinds of chiles.

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The oldest surviving evolved recipe of cooked food of any system of cooking of any of the ancient civilizations of the world.

As the Mayas ate it 9000 years ago, as the Emperor Moctezuma served it to Hernán Cortés:

Put the pieces of turkey into a large pot with onion, celery, and salt. Add water to cover and boil until tender [M's note: simmer] - about 2 1/2 hr. Meanwhile - clean the chiles, reserving some of the seeds for desired piquancy. Toast sesame seeds in the oven until light brown and reserve. Boil the chipotles until tender and puree in blender with the tomatoes. Tear the other chiles (veined and seeded) into pieces and fry lightly in 2 T lard. Remove and reserve. In the used lard fry the almonds, peanuts, raisins, tortilla (torn into pieces), cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns. Grind in blender: chile seeds, fried ingredients, onion, garlic. You will have to do this in batches. To facilitate the grinding, add 1/2 c turkey stock to each batch. Dissolve this mixture and the chocolate in 1 pt stock. Fry the tomato-and-chipotle puree in 2 T lard for 10 min, stirring occasionally. Add 1 c stock and simmer 10 min more. Add this to the mole, along with any remaining stock, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 hr. Serve over the turkey, which has been skinned and boned, with rice and beans.

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