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Mole Poblano: A Traditional Cinco de Mayo Meal Your Kids Can Help With

Mole Poblano: A Traditional Cinco de Mayo Meal Your Kids Can Help With

By Kolby Paston

Think Cinco de Mayo loses some of its luster when adulthood becomes parenthood? Think again. Forget margaritas and street tacos and, instead, gather up your little sous chefs to assist with a mole poblano — a traditional Mexican dish that rose to popularity in Puebla, Mexico, where Cinco de Mayo originated.

This delicious recipe is perfect for bringing the family together in the kitchen, involving the kiddos in what’s sure to be a favorite holiday tradition — and, of course, feeding a hungry household.

Making Mole Poblano

While there exist many mole sauces, the mole poblano variety is often considered the classic version. The sauce is traditionally dark red or brown and served over a meat. You can find a list of ingredients and the recipe here.

As you’ll see, there’s no shortage of ingredients necessary to prepare this dish — particularly when it comes to the sauce For one person, the preparation can be daunting, but that’s why you have a team of helpers, right?

How the Kiddos Can Help

Put your most experienced kiddo on a cast iron skillet for the chiles, tomatoes, tomatillos, and onions, but make sure the young’un exercises extreme caution — no one wants a burn on Cinco de Mayo. While they’re at it, prepare the chicken and season it as you’d like.

For the rookie cooks in your crew, simply gathering ingredients is a task in its own right, so assign that responsibility accordingly. From obvious ingredients like salt, pepper, garlic, and onions, to less obvious additions like cinnamon, cloves, and peppercorns, this ingredient list will keep your runner busy.

You can also hand over the food processor responsibility, as you’ll need to puree veggies with spices and fried ingredients. From there, let the kids clock out and bring the dish to fruition with some bake time, a little additional frying, and those final few expert touches.

Adding avocados from Mexico to your mole or having guacamole as a delicious side dish are fantastic complements to this dish. You can have your child help you pick out a ripe, delicious avocado from Mexico by using the tip in this video.

Once completed, garnish with those famous sesame seeds and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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