A culinary journey through traditional Mexican mole — Riviera Maya Blog

A culinary journey through traditional Mexican mole

Mole, that culinary treasure that has captivated taste buds worldwide, is much more than a flavor medley; it reflects Mexico’s rich heritage and traditions. Today, we invite you to delve into the fascinating journey of mole preparation, exploring its roots, ingredients, and the profound cultural connection it embodies, and as a bonus, a workshop that will teach you the step-by-step process of crafting this dish.

Photo by Velas Resorts

Historical roots and styles

Mole traces its origin to pre-Hispanic Mexico, blending indigenous and European influences. Its evolution over the centuries has created a variety of styles and unique flavors in different parts of the country.

Each region of Mexico boasts its unique version of mole, with family recipes passed down through generations. From the chocolate and chili nuances of mole poblano to the smoky notes of Oaxaca’s mole negro —black mole, each variety tells a unique story.

Key ingredients and preparation

The soul of mole lies in its intricate blend of ingredients, varying by region and recipe. Fundamental elements include an array of chilies, chocolate, spices, herbs, and, in some versions, fruits and seeds. This diverse ensemble creates a symphony of flavors, from spicy to sweet, in every bite, often accompanied by chicken, rice, and delicious tortillas.

Preparing mole is a labor of love that demands time and dedication. Fresh and dry ingredients are toasted and ground to create the mole base, known as ‘masa.’ This masa is cooked with broth and additional ingredients according to the recipe.

Photo by Velas Resorts

Distilled spirits + Mole pairing in Riviera Maya

At Grand Velas Riviera Maya, guests can enjoy a unique tasting experience combining different Mexican mole varieties with traditional beverages such as charandabacanora, and sotol. From Michoacan mole paired with charanda to white mole accompanied by sotol, each combination highlights both elements’ characteristic flavors and aromas.

Undoubtedly, we embark on a journey beyond the culinary; it’s a voyage through history, culture, and the heart of Mexico itself. It is a dish to savor during your visit to Mexico!

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