Mole (Mo-lay) is a sauce made primarily of chiles that is used is some Mexican cooking. There are many variations of Mole and different ways to prepare and use this sauce. There is also a question of whether chocolate is an original ingredient or if it was incorporated as the use of this sauce became more widespread.
The mole in this chili is a very easy recipe that combines Ceylon or "true cinnamon" and chocolate with a combination of spices and dried Pasilla chiles. The result is a dark, complex sauce that is added to the chili during cooking and provides a rich, savory component to this hearty meal. Click here for an easy Mole Sauce recipe.