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Vegan Mole Tacos
By March 9, 2016Published:
- Yield: 4-8 Servings
From the author: In Oaxaca, they have all kinds of mole, a kind of paste or thick sauce—yellow, green, red—but a chocolate mole is one of the most unique. This chocolate mole with smoked tofu is as satisfying as any meat dish. Calçots are a Catalan dish of very young leeks simply broiled, slightly blackened and dressed with olive oil. A great combo for tacos. The typically Oaxacan sauce will make double the amount you need for the tofu, so either freeze half, or if you have more guests, double the amount of tofu. You can serve this as tacos or just as a stew with rice.
- 2 1/2 Tbs olive oil
- 1 onion diced
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 oz vegan dark chocolate
- 8 ¾ oz whole tomatoes
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground allspice
- 2 dried ancho chilies
- 2 dried chipotle chilies
- 2 Tbs vegetable bouillon powder
- 1 3/4 cups blanched or ground almonds
- 2 Tbs strong agave nectar
- 14 oz firm smoked tofu drained and cut into 1-in cubes
- 1 pack calçots, young leeks or scallions trimmed
- 14 corn tortillas
- sea salt
- To serve:
Slices of avocado
A fistful of alfalfa sprouts
Sprigs of cilantro
- Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion and garlic until soft, then add the chocolate, tomatoes, cumin, cinnamon, and allspice. Cook slowly over medium-low heat for 15 to 20 minutes while you prepare the chilies.
- Meanwhile, split all the dried chilies and discard the seeds, then briefly toast the chilies in a dry skillet until soft. Place in a 1 pint [½ L] heatproof pitcher with the vegetable bouillon powder. Fill up the pitcher with boiling water and leave to soak for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice.
- Put the almonds, the chili and stock mixture, the cooked sauce, agave nectar, and 1 Tbsp salt in a powerful blender. Starting on a low speed, process together, increasing the speed as you go, until smooth. Transfer the sauce to a deep, wide skillet.
- Add the tofu cubes to the sauce and poach until the tofu expands slightly and the sauce is bubbling but not boiling.
- In the meantime, roast the calçots, young leeks, or scallions in a dry skillet or directly over a flame, turning them, until soft and slightly blackened around the edges (this makes them sweet).
- To serve, place some of the tofu pieces and the chocolate mole in the tacos and fold so that the opening is upwards. Tuck in a leek or scallion and a few avocado slices. Top with alfalfa sprouts, the calçots, and cilantro. Season with salt and squeeze over some lime juice.
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omg I made this and it was sooooooooo good