Isthmian Red Mole

Mole Rojo del Istmo

Preparation info
  • 2½ to 3 cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Food and Life of Oaxaca: Traditional Recipes from Mexico′s Heart

By Zarela Martínez

Published 1997

  • About

Like Amarillo, Mole Rojo belongs to the lighter, simpler end of the seven-moles spectrum. This version from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec is one of my favorites for easy preparation and versatile uses. Like all moles, it goes perfectly with pork or chicken and is a great sauce for enchiladas. (See Enchiladas Zapotecas del Istmo.)

Mole Rojo as I’ve encountered it in Oaxaca has usually been on the sweet side, typically enriched with r