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Chicken Mole Chili


  • 4 cups chicken stock (32 ounces)

  • 3 ancho chili peppers, stemmed and seeded

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 4 slices lean smoky bacon, chopped

  • 2 pounds ground chicken

  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • One can diced fire-roasted tomatoes (14.5 ounces)

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoons sweet smoked paprika for mild mole or chili powder, for spicy mole

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 cups extra-sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded or crumbled, for topping

  • Sour cream, for topping

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped, for topping

  • Chopped cilantro, for topping


In a large saucepan, bring the chicken stock and ancho chili peppers to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the peppers are softened, about 10 minutes. Using a food processor, puree the peppers and stock. While the chili peppers are working, in a large Dutch oven or soup pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat, until smoking. Add the bacon and cook until crisp, 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken and cook over high heat, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned, about 8 minutes. Lower the heat, add the yellow onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes; season with pepper. Stir in the tomato paste for 1 minute. Pour the ancho stock into the chili. Stir in the tomatoes, cocoa powser, paprika, coriander and cinnamon and simmer for a few minutes; season with salt if necessary. Serve in bowls and top with the cheese, sour cream, red onion and cilantro.