Left-Over Turkey in Mole

The rich spicy mole sauces of Mexico are perfect for strong-tasting meats such as left-over turkey orother dark meat like chicken thighs. It’s a great way to extend a festive dinner!

We made a dark mole from the state of Puebla called Mole Poblano Sencillo in one of our Mexican cooking classes. Sencillo means ‘simple’, but this mole was complex and dense with spices, almost too dense for me.

For my ‘Left-over Turkey Mole’ the only changes I made to the Mole Poblano recipe was to halve the number of chiles, and to add a cup of cut-up dried prunes at the same time as I added the 3 cups of turkey. I also substituted Chicken-in-a-Mug for the broth as we had already used up all the gravy. 

fry guajillo and mulato chiles in hot oil, being careful not to burn

fry the dried chiles in hot oil, being careful not to burn

  • I used 7 mulato, 1 chipotle and 5 guajillo chiles – basically all the dried chiles that I happened to have in the house at the time.
  • I fried the chiles in hot oil, being careful not to burn them, using a small pot so that I didn’t have to use as much oil.
  • the chiles were removed from the heat, allowed to cool and then crumbled; the oil, now infused with red from the chiles, was added into a big pot.
  • the oil was brought up to medium heat and the next set of ingredients, in this case: 1 cup almonds, 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds and two chopped onions were ‘sweated’. Like the chiles, precise amounts of these ingredients don’t matter, and sesame seeds or peanuts can also be added.
almonds and onion for the mole

almonds, pumpkin seeds and onion being ‘sweated’ for the mole

  • once cooked everything was blended along with 12 grilled garlic cloves, 2 cups of canned tomatoes, 1 tsp of toasted fennel seeds, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, two crushed black peppercorns, salt to taste and enough broth to create a paste. The resulting chile paste was strained into a pot containing 2 tbsp of hot oil and fried.
  • The paste was then set to a simmer and the Chicken-in-a-Mug broth gradually incorporated.

Turkey Mole

  • at this point the Mexican chocolate was added. It is sometimes sold in small cakes or rolls, and this one is semi-bitter with almonds. I added one, tasted the sauce and then added another.
chocolate rolls, semi-amargo with almendrado

chocolate rolls, semi-amargo almendrado

Here’s another recipe for left-over turkey: Turkey and Chorizo Chowder. Left-over Turkey Chowder


3 responses to “Left-Over Turkey in Mole

    • Mole is one of those classic and uniquely Mexican dishes. The closest this comes to is a slightly sweet tomato-based curry from India except you would never find chocolate in a curry… It’s really good, Al liked it a lot and he’s a fussy eater!

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