Oaxaca Black Mole Chicken from La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop
|The mole chicken taco platter from La Condesa. Chocolate and chicken? You better believe it.|
This week: Oaxaca Black Mole Tacos served up by Los Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop
¿Como se dice?: La Condesa earns its title as a gourmet taco shop by going beyond the easily recognized Sonoran flavors and incorporating tacos from across Mexico. We go for the labor of love, the Oaxaca black mole. With upwards of 20 ingredients and a cook time that will eat up half your day, it's best to let the pros handle this dish. The rich black sauce gets its savory sweet reputation from the addition of chiles, nuts, spices and Mexican chocolate. That's right, spicy choco-chicken tacos.
(sink your teeth into all the spicy details after the jump)
|A sampling of the many tasty salsa offered by La Condesa. Try the sesame and pecan on your mole tacos.|
You may go to La Condesa for the tacos, but it's the amazing salsa bar that will turn you into a full-blown Condesa groupie. There's the red and green salasas you're used to seeing, and there's also a variety of fancy and flavorful options like the creamy chipotle-based pecan salsa or the earthy and nutty sesame oil drizzle. Both of which compliment the flavors in mole extremely well.
Complex mole-sauced chicken tacos and a salsa bar with almost a dozen creative offerings? You're going to have to practically pry us away from this place to get us to leave, or lure us out with promises of a trip to Dulceria Pico Rico next door, the Mexican version of Party City that makes us feel like a kid in a candy shop.
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|Some of the many ingredients used to make Oaxaca black mole.|
Every cook is different, but this mole is generally characterized by a blend of as many as five different chiles, spices (cinnamon, cloves, pepper, oregano), nuts (almonds, peanuts, seasame seeds, pecans), and high-quality Mexican chocolate. Five hours and many steps later, you have a complex black mole that hits every flavor note with spicy, savory, sweet, earthy, tart, and even bitter aspects.
Bring a bit of México to your kitchen: We won't lie. Mole is a lot of work to make yourself, but after you've achieved the goal of homemade mole, you'll feel like El Rey de la Cocina! If there's anyone's opinion we trust on how to make a good mole, it's Rick Bayless, whose black mole recipe is well over 20 ingredients long and a serious labor of love. Give it a whirl you're looking for a challenge.
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