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Pulled Pork Mole Tacos

Pulled Pork Tacos with Mole Sauce

Forgive my need to drop this bomb. Only one day after the biggest baking holiday of the season and I offer nothing to resemble the brightly sprinkled recipes you and I have been drooling over for the past two months. Nothing to necessitate lightly oiling, parchment lining, overnight refrigerating, nothing to even attempt to wean you out of baking at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes. Nothing that makes use of a single leftover that is taking up precious real estate in your refrigerator, freezer and counter top. Sorry. You’ll forgive me.

Here is me showing up to school on a snow day wearing shorts. Here is me tucking and rolling out of pie and truffle-ville, away from leftover land with a taco so great it may require its own protective force field. I may be wearing shorts during a snow storm with this recipe but you’ll thank me approximately .3 seconds after you sink your teeth in.  Ay, the bomb has been dropped and the bomb’s name is Mole.

Pulled Pork Tacos with Mole Sauce

Mole (pronounced mole-lay) is a Mexican sauce made with chilies, tomatoes (or tomatillos), seeds and nuts, dried fruit and chocolate. It is rich, dark and thick and is normally served over poultry or meat with beans and rice. Mole may as well be a food group. It may as well be a vacation home, a celebrity, your grade school crush. Lust, lust, lust…mole is a sauce to lust over.  Most mole sauces are very, very dark but for some reason, mine did not turn out very dark. I did not follow a specific recipe, but took elements from multiple recipes and what I ended up with was pure bliss. And. A. Lot. Of. It. So fret not if this mole could use a little bronzing in direct sunlight – it tastes the way a great mole should and it’s a mole made simple.

Sauté, roast, blend, cook, grind, cook, strain, cook, strain is typically the order of operations for mole. Follow these steps and you won’t be disappointed. I, however, suffer from extreme lack of patience, so I cut out a couple of the steps by modifying ingredients (no spice or nut grinding and no straining). Despite my cutting corners, sweet pea and I were thrilled with the sauce.

If, like me, you’re ready to mosey away from the holidays, embrace the Mole Bomb!

Pulled Pork Mole Tacos

Amazing shredded pork tacos with mole sauce
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
20 servings


For the Easy Mole Sauce

  • 6 dried ancho chilies
  • 16 ounces very hot water
  • 1 pasilla pepper, roasted
  • 2 pounds vine ripened or heirloom tomatoes, roasted
  • 2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 4 cloves whole
  • 2 corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons unsalted unsweetened creamy peanut butter, it don’t matter none)
  • 1 ounces round Mexican Chocolate, such as Ibara, 3
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

For the Pulled Pork

  • 5 pound pork shoulder roast, bone-in if possible
  • 1 can beer, something light, nothing very hoppy
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

For serving the tacos

  • Corn tortillas
  • Avocado
  • Pinto Beans


To Make the Pulled Pork:

  • Sprinkle the pork roast with the ground ginger, cayenne and salt. Place the roast in a crock pot, pour in the beer and lime juice and cook on low for at least 8 hours. Mine cooked for 12 hours and the meat fell right off the bone.
  • Remove the meat from a crock pot and place it on a cutting board.
  • When cool enough to handle, shred the pork using a fork (Discard the bone if your roast was bone-in and discard any excess fat).
  • Either put the meat back in the crock pot juices for more flavor or place meat in a bowl/container.

To Make the Easy Mole Sauce:

  • Heat water to a boil and pour about 14 to 16 ounces of hot water into a glass. Submerge the dried chillies and allow them to sit for 20 – 45 minutes. Remove chilies from water, remove stems and seeds and save the chili flesh and the water they were soaking in. You will be using the water as a means of thinning out the sauce. You can also use 16 ounces of chicken or vegetable broth for this if you’d prefer.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium to medium-high heat and sauté the onion until very soft and browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add the minced garlic and sauté another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the sautéed onion and garlic to a blender.
  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the tomatoes in half and place them on a parchment or foil-lined baking sheet with the pasilla pepper. Roast tomatoes and pasilla pepper until skin is browned and begins pulling away from the soft flesh. Remove the stem and seeds from the pasilla pepper and add the pasilla pepper and tomatoes in the blender with the sautéed onion/garlic.
  • Place ALL ingredients (including tortillas) except for the cinnamon stick, the water the chilies were soaking in and the chocolate into the blender and blend until completely smooth. This may take a few minutes.
  • Pour the mixture into a large sauce pan and heat over medium. Add in the cinnamon stick, chocolate and pour a little of the water (or broth) into the sauce pan.
  • Stir until chocolate is melted and add more water.
  • Continue cooking the sauce at medium-low or medium heat (just below its boiling point), adding the water until there’s no more, and stirring periodically for 45 minutes.

To Prepare the Mole Tacos:

  • When ready to serve, wrap corn tortillas in aluminum foil, place them in the oven at 300 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes until warm.
  • In a skillet, add desired amount of pulled pork meat and heat over medium high for 3-5 minutes to get a nice crisp on the meat.
  • Add a heaping portion of meat, mole sauce, avocado and additional desired toppings (I’d avoid very flavorful toppings such as onion or cilantro).
  • Protect your plate with all your might so as not to allow hungry boys to steal it out from under you.


Serving: 1of 20 - Calories: 255kcal - Carbohydrates: 17g - Protein: 23g - Fat: 10g - Fiber: 2g - Sugar: 5g
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: healthy taco recipes
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Julia
Pulled Pork Tacos with Mole Sauce

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Sunday 3rd of February 2013

Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

Allie {Urban Feast}

Thursday 3rd of January 2013

I've never tried mole but since I'm off sour cream and other creamy toppings for the new year maybe I'll give this one a try...though it does seem a bit rich! Allie from Urban Feast


Thursday 3rd of January 2013

Allie, it's definitely a rich sauce...the peanut butter and chocolate make it almost indulgent, haha! But it is very tasty and you can limit the amount you put on the taco ;)


Sunday 30th of December 2012

I love Mexican food and cook it all the time but I have never made a mole sauce before. Going to pin your recipe so I remember to try it. Looks delicious! Happy New Year!


Monday 31st of December 2012

Happy New Year to you too, lady! Like you, I adore Mexican food - I could eat it every day without getting sick of it, although I try to limit my intake ;) Let me know how it turns out when you try it! The sauce is DEFINITELY worth the time it takes to prepare it :)

Kelsey @aslolife

Sunday 30th of December 2012

Love the mole sauce recipe--I love mole, but always get scared away by the 1800 different kinds of peppers and other special Mexican spices that go into it. Looks wonderful! Hope you have a wonderful beginning to your new year!

claire @ the realistic nutritionist

Friday 28th of December 2012

Yes please!! I've never had mole sauce, can you believe it? I love this healthy and easy recipe!!


Friday 28th of December 2012

If you're in to rich sauces, you'll love this one! Let me know if you try it! :)

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