Mole-Style Beef Soup

Pronounced mo-Lay, this complex Mexican sauce is deep reddish brown with peppery flavor balanced with spicy cinnamon and undertones of cocoa. The rich, thick sauce complement this soup perfectly.

Mole style soup in a bowl with ingredients to the side
Photo: Brie Passano
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
8 1/2 cups


  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 2 10 ounce cans diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained

  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce

  • 1 14.5 ounce can reduced-sodium beef broth

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 cup chopped green or red sweet pepper

  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • Corn bread (optional)


  1. In a 5- to 6-qt. Dutch oven combine first 12 ingredients (through garlic). Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes or until meat is cooked through and flavors are blended, stirring occasionally. If desired, serve with corn bread.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

232 Calories
12g Fat
15g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 232
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 973mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 28.5mg 143%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 3.3mg 18%
Potassium 585mg 12%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 20.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*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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