Pumpkin mole enchiladas

Pumpkin enchiladas

[donotprint]I’ve talked a lot about mole in this blog but I just realized I haven’t posted any recipes to make it. To be honest, I have never made it myself. The closest I’ve been to making it was this recipe for a chili that turned out delicious.  My mom, in the other hand, makes some of the most delicious mole. She made a big batch last week to prepare the romeritos. Since she got a lot of it left over I decided to add pumpkin and some other spices to give it a different taste.

Here in Mexico, like I’ve mentioned before, people don’t eat pumpkin that much, and my dad was skeptical of how the mole was going to turn out. But when they tried it (my mom, dad. cousin and a friend of the family) they all loved it. While I’m here in Mexico, I’ll make my personal mission to teach as many people as possible about this amazing ingredient and all the delicious dishes that can me made with it. If only one person starts using it more, I’ll be more than happy.[/donotprint]

Pumpkin pie spices

Pumpkin mole
by Ben and his mom
Makes about 4 lts (4.22 quart)

The ingredients:

  • 2 lts (about 2 quarts) chicken broth, more if necessary
  • canola or olive oil as necessary
  • 250 gr (9 oz) mulato chile peppers
  • 100 gr (3.5 oz) sesame seeds
  • 100 gr (3.5 oz) peanuts
  • 100 gr (3.5 oz) raisins
  • 2 bars Mexican chocolate
  • 1 large plantain
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 4 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • salt to taste

The how-to:

  1. Cut and de-seed mulato peppers. Save the seeds. In a large frying pan add about 4 TBSP of oil and heat up over medium high heat.
  2. Fry mulato peppers and set apart.
  3. Fry sesame seeds, mulato pepper seeds, peanuts and raisins.
  4. In batches blend the ingredients above with chicken broth. Pour in a large clay or regular pot.
  5. Peel and cut plantain in medallions. Fry with the garlic and onion and blend with some more chicken broth. Pour in the pot.
  6. Add chocolate and pumpkin puree. Stir constantly. When the mole starts to boil reduce heat to low.
  7. Using a mortar and pestle grind the cardamom and cloves. Mix with thee ground nutmeg and add it to the mole along with the cinnamon stick.
  8. Adjust seasoning and simmer for about 20 minutes stirring constantly. Mom’s tip: After it has simmered for a while evenly you’ll see oil start to come to the top of the mole. That’s when you know it’s ready.
  9. Use for enchiladas, romeritos, pollo (chicken) con mole, pork or just as a sauce for other dishes. Ben’s tip: If you make enchiladas with this mole add just a little bit of freshly ground nutmeg on top for a great flavor.


Pumpkin Enchiladas

¡Buen provecho!


  • So prettily presented and absolutely gorgeous looking!



  • Pumpkin puree is so mild, it's easy to slide it into dishes without overwhelming anything. That's great for the folks who don't think they love pumpkin either. Love that you have plantains, peanuts and raisins in here. Great sweetness and texture.

  • I love that you're spreading the pumpkin love! Let's globalize it!

    This mole sounds delicious! I will definitely be trying it.

  • OMG, this sounds delicious. I love all the ingredients. I assume the plantain is ripe (maduro), right?

    • Yes, the plantain was maduro. I was surprised when my mom used it but her mole is just delicious!

  • I have a cooking buddy who would be all over this recipe. She's a bit sensitive right now b/c she just made her first mole and said it turned out horribly. Lots of chocolate in this one. Very interesting!

  • Beautiful photos, beautiful recipes. I have made and taught a lot of moles, Ben, but never with pumpkin! I've never even seen it served here in the Bajio, but you can bet I'll try it. The flavor combinations sound fabulous. Thanks you yet again!

  • Se ve delicioso! I love the sauce (mole). Your presentation is wonderful.

    Have a great week : )

  • ¡¡Cuanto tiempo Ben!! Enhorabuena por la receta, se ve riquísima.


  • Pumpkin & chocolate!? Yes, please!

  • ¡Ben, tu mamá es una joya!

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