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How to Make
Mole Verde with
Fresh Avocados From Mexico

How to Make Mole Verde with Fresh Avocados From Mexico
December 8, 2023

When we think of mole verde (MOH-lay VER-day), only one thing comes to mind…FIESTA! Mole verde, known for its rich flavors and distinctive bright green color, is the perfect main dish to serve for special occasions, parties, holidays, and of course, at the dinner table. Unlike mole poblano (mole verde’s famous cousin), mole verde is a culinary celebration of delicious, fresh ingredients, including jalapeños, romaine lettuce, tomatillos, cilantro, and the star of this tasty recipe, Avocados From Mexico!

 

We know what you’re thinking: Is this another guacamole recipe? Far from it, but if that’s what you’re looking for, we have an extensive repertoire of delicious and innovative guacamole recipes on our recipe page, such as Hatch Chile Guacamole and Rocking Ranch Guacamole.

 

Adding avocado to this mouth-watering mole verde recipe creates a silky, smooth texture and a unique taste to the traditional Mexican mole verde, a spicy sauce made from a flavorful combination of vegetables, herbs, spices, and chiles. Just imagine the creamy texture of the Avocados From Mexico and the savory, spicy flavors of classic green mole. Tasty!

 

Did You Know?

Mole verde, also known as pipián or pipián verde, is a national treasure of Mexican gastronomy. Today’s mole is the evolution of the pre-Hispanic dish known as mulli, a combination of chiles, seeds, herbs, and meats served in important ceremonies. In Mexico, the state of Oaxaca is known as the land of the seven moles (negro, rojo, coloradito, amarillo, verde, chichilo, and manchamantel).

 

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a world-renowned chef to make mole verde at home. Any home cook can recreate those profound, spicy, and luscious flavors hallmark of green mole sauce, so leave those pre-made seasonings and condiments at the store. Give this simple recipe a try and impress your friends and family with a symphony of flavors that will make them feel like they’re in Mexico. Let’s get the fiesta started!

 

How to Make Mole Verde with Avocado

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c. pumpkin seeds, peeled
  • 1 c. tomatillos, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 ea. Avocados From Mexico, large, diced
  • 1/2 c. white onion, chopped into large pieces
  • 1/4 c. jalapeños, cleaned and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c. cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 c. romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice, fresh
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. cilantro, chopped
  • 1 c. chicken broth, unsalted
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

 

Instructions:

  • Place the pumpkin seeds in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat and toast for about 5 minutes or until the seeds turn golden. Be sure to shake the pan occasionally to prevent the seeds from burning!
  • Then, remove the pan from the stove. Let the seeds cool for 5 minutes. Once cooled, add them to a blender.
  • Cut your Avocados From Mexico in half, lengthwise, and remove the pit. Then, add a cup of diced avocado to the blender. Store the other half of your avocado in the fridge.
  • Add the tomatillos, onion, jalapeños, cilantro, lettuce, and garlic to the blender. Blend the mixture until the sauce reaches a smooth consistency.
  • Heat your saucepan over medium-high heat and add a spoonful of olive oil. Add the ground cumin and cilantro and cook until aromatic (approximately 30 seconds).
  • Add the blended sauce mixture to the saucepan and stir for 5 minutes or until reaching a consistency similar to tomato paste.
  • Add the chicken broth to the pot, stirring until the sauce starts to boil. Reduce heat and let the mixture simmer for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove the green mole from the stove.
  • Add salt and lime juice to taste. ¡Que rico! (Yum!)

 

Healthy and Delicious!

Avocados are a good source of folate per 50g serving (1/3 medium avocado). Folate is an essential nutrient for proper brain function. Click here to learn more about the health benefits and nutritional value associated with regular consumption of avocados!

 

How to Serve Mole Verde

Traditionally, mole verde is served with chicken, turkey, or pork and a side of white rice. For a celebratory dinner, we recommend our delicious Christmas Rice, known for its notes of smoked bacon, green onions, and red pepper. There are endless ways to enjoy mole verde!

 

Start your day with a flavor fiesta and add our green mole to some of your breakfast favorites, like Loaded Guac Breakfast Burrito or Breakfast Polenta with Shredded Chicken and Avocado. Mole verde can also be used as a savory sauce to add more sazón (flavor) to your favorite dishes, such as Achiote Short Rib Tostada or Chicken Flautas. And of course, you can’t finish any meal without dessert! Our delicious Avocookies, accompanied by home-brewed coffee, are the perfect treat to satisfy your sweet tooth after a savory meal.

 

Visit our avocado recipes page for even more culinary inspiration! Indulge in our extensive library of recipes and cooking tips inspired by Mexican cuisine and global flavors. ¡Buen provecho! (Bon appétit!)

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