El Paso Mexican Restaurants

Springfield Location
6804 Commerce Street
Springfield, VA 22150
Phone: 703-912-6166

Woodbridge Location
3031 Golansky Boulevard
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Phone: 703-878-2856

Alexandria – Cooper Rd. Location
8746 Cooper Road
Alexandria, VA 22309
Phone: 703-619-5123

Alexandria – Richmond Hwy. Location
6151 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22303
Phone: 703-768-0002

Centreville Location
5127 Westfields Blvd.
Centreville, VA 20120
Phone: 571-752-6804

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What is Mole Sauce?

Mole Sauce

Mexican food is popular around the world for several reasons. Mexican dishes are always bursting with flavor and spices, allowing it to stand out on its own. People of different races were always excited to try Mexican food and keep on coming back for more. When eating in a restaurant that serves Mexican food, have you ever tasted the rich sauce with a hint of spiciness and smells like chocolate? That is what you call a mole sauce.

Mole contains many ingredients that make it mysteriously delicious. So what makes a mole? Mole is created from dried chiles, nuts, seeds and sometimes, chocolate and more ingredients. Did you know that many traditional moles require 30 ingredients and some may even have 100 or more? This is why mole sauce has a complex flavor – one that you cannot explain directly.

Is there chocolate in mole?

If you think that mole sauce is a chocolate sauce, well, you are not alone. People mistakenly think that mole is also a chocolate sauce, but in reality, not all mole sauce contains chocolate. You see, there are several types of mole sauces – some may contain chocolate but others don’t. However, the chocolate content is only in lower percentage and when the sauce is all done and ready to eat, remember that chocolate is not the biggest ingredient of it; but rather, it is just one of the many ingredients found in a mole sauce.

Types of Mole Sauces you should know

There are several variations of mole sauces and they differ in ingredients. However, there are seven main types of mole sauces that you may have tasted before. 

  • Mole Poblano
    Considered as the national dish of Mexico, this mole sauce is red in color and contains lots of dried chile flavor. It is often served on dishes like braised meat like pork or beef. 
  • Mole Negro
    The common mole sauce you get to see served in many Mexican restaurants in the United States. With its dark, bitter and sweet flavor, you could guess that it contains more chocolates than the other types of mole sauces. 
  • Mole Coloradito
    Mole Coloradito has a brownish-red in color and contains dried chiles, sweet fruits to taste and other sweet ingredients. It is perfect for enchiladas.
  • Mole Amarillo
    This doesn’t contain chocolate or dried fruits. It mainly consists of dried guajillo chiles and other spices and is often served with meat, seafood, and vegetables.
  • Mole Manchamantel
    Mole Manchamantel contains Spanish sausage, chorizo, tomatoes, ancho chiles and pineapple.
  • Mole Chichilo
    It is the rarest type of mole sauce and is often prepared only during special occasions. It is made from beef stock and thickened with dough made from corn flour. 
  • Mole Verde
    Mole Verde is made from cilantro, pumpkin seeds, jalapeños and tomatillos. This sauce is perfect as toppings for chicken breast or thighs.

El Paso Mexican Restaurants
6804 Commerce Street
Springfield, VA 22150
Phone: 703-912-6166

Woodbridge Location
3031 Golansky Boulevard
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Phone: 703-878-2856

Alexandria – Cooper Rd. Location
8746 Cooper Road
Alexandria, VA 22309
Phone: 703-619-5123

Alexandria – Richmond Hwy. Location
6151 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22303
Phone: 703-768-0002

Centreville Location
5127 Westfields Blvd.
Centreville, VA 20120
Phone: 571-752-6804

Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy
info@elpasomexicanrestaurants.com