Chicken Mole Tostadas

There are countless versions of the traditional Mexican mole sauce, most with dozens of ingredients. We've adapted this version for practicality and availability for an easy weeknight meal.

Chicken mole tostadas
Photo: Jacob Fox
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
12 tostadas (5 1/3 cups chicken mixture total)


  • 2 dried ancho chile peppers, stemmed, seeded, soaked* and finely chopped

  • 1 14.5 ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes (undrained)

  • ½ 6 ounce can tomato paste (1/3 cup)

  • ½ cup almonds, toasted and finely chopped

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 3 pound bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed

  • 12 tostada shells

  • Crumbled Cotija cheese

  • Sliced green onions

  • Chopped fresh cilantro


  1. In a 4- to 5-qt. pot stir together the first ten ingredients (through cinnamon). Bring to boiling, stirring constantly (mixture will be thick).

  2. Reduce heat and add chicken to tomato mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Simmer, covered, 1 hour or until chicken is tender, turning chicken once. Remove chicken. Using two forks, shred chicken; discard bones. Return chicken to pot.

  3. Spoon chicken mixture on tostada shells. Top with cheese, green onions, and cilantro.


To soak peppers, place in a small heat-proof bowl. Add 1/2 cup boiling water; let stand 20 minutes. Drain.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

424 Calories
22g Fat
31g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 424
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 737mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 114mg 570%
Calcium 119mg 9%
Iron 3.9mg 22%
Potassium 634mg 13%
Folate, total 24.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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