Green Mole (Mole Verde)

Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Yields Serves 4
Green Mole (Mole Verde)

Place the chicken in a Dutch oven. Add 1 onion half, 1 clove of garlic and water just to cover. Simmer until the chicken is cooked, about 30 minutes. Drain and reserve the stock, adding salt to taste. Set the chicken aside and keep warm.


Place 4 cups of the chicken stock in a saucepan. Add the masa and heat over medium-low heat, whisking often to dissolve. Bring to a boil and simmer, whisking often, until thickened and the consistency of heavy cream, about 15 minutes.


Remove the husks from the tomatillos, then rinse and place in a small saucepan. Add water to cover and bring to a boil, cooking until the tomatillos are softened, 5 minutes. Drain.


In a blender container, combine the tomatillos, hierba santa, epazote, jalapeno, the remaining onion half, the remaining 5 cloves of garlic and the cumin and blend until finely ground. Add to the thickened broth, season with salt to taste and simmer gently until heated through, about 3 to 4 minutes. To preserve the green color, do not allow to boil.


Divide the chicken among serving plates and pour the sauce over the top.

These recipes are from Maria Lopez of Guelaguetza restaurants on Olympic Boulevard and 8th Street, Los Angeles.

Get our new Cooking newsletter, coming soon.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.