Homemade Walnut Mole Sauce (Easier Mole Negro)

closeup of mole negro on a wooden spoon.

Want homemade an authentic, homemade mole sauce recipe without 30 ingredients or days of simmering? Try this Walnut Mole Sauce! It’s an easier mole negro that still uses whole ingredients and has an authentic taste without hours of work! (gluten-free, dairy-free)




  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking sheet. Place tomato, onion, garlic and chiles on the baking sheet and roast until chiles are toasted, turning them once halfway through, 10-15 minutes.
  2. Remove chiles and garlic from the baking sheet. Set garlic aside, rotate onion and tomato, and place the baking sheet back in the oven. Continue roasting until onion and tomato are blistered, about 20 more minutes. When the tomato is done, the skin should slide right off with your hands. Discard the peel.
  3. Place the chiles in a large bowl and cover with 1 cup boiling water. Place a heavy plate over the chiles to keep them submerged, or just cover the entire bowl tightly with plastic wrap or foil. Let the chiles soak while the tomato and onion keep roasting.
  4. Meanwhile, toast the walnuts, anise seeds, coriander seeds, sesame seeds, peppercorns, cloves and bay leaf. I use the dutch oven that I will use to simmer the sauce later. Heat the dutch oven on medium heat, add the walnuts, seeds, and spices, and toast until golden and fragrant, stirring, about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Add toasted nuts and spices to a high powered blender (I love my Vitamix), and blend until finely ground.
  6. Add roasted tomato and onion, squeeze garlic from the skin into the blender, and add the chiles with the soaking liquid. Blend until smooth.
  7. Add the remaining ingredients (raisins, cocoa, sugar, salt, cumin cinnamon, thyme, oregano and broth). Blend until smooth.
  8. Heat oil in the dutch oven over medium heat Once hot, add the sauce and stir. Lower the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. The sauce should be thick.
  9. Remove from heat and serve as desired.


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Keywords: mole negro, homemade mole sauce, authentic mole sauce, easy mole negro, Mexican mole sauce

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