Dinner Done
Why This Recipe Works Since making the quintessential Mexican sauce known as mole involves the blender anyway, we set out to use the Ace blender to create a plush sauce and put mole chicken tacos on the dinner table in record speed. First, we bypassed the usual step of toasting chiles and softening aromatics in a skillet and turned to the microwave instead. And while a traditional mole can be an involved affair using multiple types of chiles, nuts, seeds, and chocolate, we were able to re-create its hallmark rich flavor with just pantry ingredients: dried ancho chiles, onion, garlic, sesame seeds, and dry-roasted peanuts. A little cocoa powder and raisins plus cinnamon added richness and depth with the right touch of sweetness. Chicken broth and canned diced tomatoes gave our sauce its body and just the right texture. The creamy soup function on the blender delivered a luxurious and piping hot mole, and the shredded chicken warmed through in just minutes.
Servings Prep Time
4people 10minutes
Cook Time
50minutes
Servings Prep Time
4people 10minutes
Cook Time
50minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 red onion1/2 cut into 3/4-inch pieces , 1/2 chopped fine
  • 2 dried ancho chilesstemmed, seeded, and torn into ½-inch pieces (½ cup)
  • 1tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 garlic clovespeeled
  • 1/4tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp table salt
  • 2cups chicken broth
  • 3/4cup canned diced ­tomatoesdrained
  • 1/4cup raisins
  • 2tbsp dry-roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 4cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 12 6-inch corn tortillaswarmed
  • 1cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges
Instructions
  1. Microwave onion pieces (reserve finely chopped onion), anchos, oil, sesame seeds, cocoa, garlic, cinnamon, and salt in bowl, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to Ace blender along with broth, tomatoes, raisins, and peanuts. Lock lid in place, then select Soup Program 2 (for creamy soups).
  2. Once program has completed, carefully remove lid and stir in chicken. Let sit until heated through, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve filling on tortillas, topped with cilantro and finely chopped onion, passing lime wedges separately.