Keto Mole

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This savory Mexican-inspired keto mole sauce will leave you feeling satisfied. With this low carb mole as a base, you can craft a myriad of staple Mexican dishes - like beef or chicken mole. To top it all off, almost all of the ingredients needed to make this scrumptious sauce can easily be found on hand in your pantry or at your local grocery store.

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Keto Mole Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup sugar free chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce, optional
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Keto Mole Directions

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Low Carb Mole Recipe

keto mole beef over cauliflower rice

While traditional mole may seem complex, this simple keto mole recipe is sure to spice things up for your next Taco Tuesday festivities. Our keto friendly version features sugar-free chocolate and nut butter, which aids the sauce’s overall taste and thick consistency. The warm spices are blossomed in this dish to provide a unique blend of heat and sweetness. Pair this tasty keto mole sauce with your protein of choice for a fantastic meal. One of my absolute favorite ways to serve this low carb mole is paired with ground beef over a bed of keto Spanish cauliflower rice. You can also pour it over chicken to make a delicious keto chicken mole. This flavor-packed combination will keep you full for hours, making it an excellent meal prep or dinner option.

spoonful of keto mole sauce from a cast iron skillet

What is Mole Sauce?

Mole is a mild yet flavorful sauce. It is typically a deep brown in shade with a thick consistency comparable to adobo, a commonly featured sauce in both Mexican and Filipino cuisines. This keto mole has a unique blend of spicy and smoky flavors from the seasoning balanced by decadent chocolate and nutty notes. Some mole recipes call for fresh chilies over dried seasoning, which plays a role in the dish’s spice content. Feel free to incorporate fresh herbs and chilies in your sauce if you are looking for more heat in this recipe.

This famous sauce has been a staple Mexican dish for generations. While its origin story is still debated by scholars today, the first evidence of the written recipe dates to Mexico’s War of Independence during the early 1800s. One well-known legend states that mole was crafted for the archbishop at a convent in Puebla, Mexico. The nuns used up ingredients that they had on hand as a quick meal to serve when he dropped in for a surprise visit. Other legends also relate the dish to ancient Aztec civilizations. Puebla, as well as Oaxaca, are the two most popular regions for authentic mole.

Sugar Free Chocolate

In traditional mole recipes, the rich and sweet flavors of the chocolate balance out the other spicy ingredients for a more balanced bite. While the chocolate flavors are not too prominent in savory mole sauces, it is still an excellent addition to this dish. To prepare this low carb mole sauce, it is essential to find quality sugar free chocolate. My go-to brand at the moment is called ChocZero. Their delicious keto friendly blend does not contain any sugar or alcohol.

a plate with cauliflower rice and mole on top with cilantro

What Can I Serve with Keto Mole Sauce?

Mole sauce is highly versatile and can be used to cook so many different dishes. While traditionally mole was served with turkey, the sauce tastes great as a marinade for virtually any meat dish. A few proteins to pair with this keto mole are beef, chicken, lamb, or pork. It also makes a great addition to spread on top of toasty tortillas when making tacos or fajitas. For a low carb alternative, whip up a fajita cauliflower rice bowl.

Regardless of how you choose to serve this delicious keto mole, the meal is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. To elevate your Mexican-style meal even further, whip up some refreshing keto margaritas!

Storage and Reheating Suggestions

This gluten free mole sauce can last in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container for up to five days. It can also be frozen and stored for approximately three months in the freezer. I love to prepare this sauce in bulk and preserve it in a freezer-safe container to incorporate into future meals. It is almost effortless to reheat keto mole over the stovetop. Stir the sauce on low to medium heat for about ten minutes. Be sure to allow plenty of time for your frozen mole sauce to thaw before reheating.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Keto Mole

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 143
Fat 12g
Protein 2g
Total Carbs 9g
Net Carbs 3g

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