Manchamanteles Mole with Jalapeno Pickled Onions - BBE 07/22

3.7/5 from 6 Customers

In Mexico ‘mole’ (pronounced mo-lay) is the name for a sauce made predominantly of chillies and a range of other ingredients from spices and fruit, to nuts, seeds and even chocolate!

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In Mexico ‘mole’ (pronounced mo-lay) is the name for a sauce made predominantly of chillies and a range of other ingredients from spices and fruit, to nuts, seeds and even chocolate! This version is called manchamanteles which literally translated means “tablecloth stainer” due to the addition of annatto seeds which create a bright red oil. Ground ancho and pasilla chillies are also added along with cinnamon, charred vegetables and pineapple resulting in a deliciously rich and fruity sauce.

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30 minutes

45 minutes





Medium Effort

Main Ingredient




Veggie Friendly



Gluten Free

Gluten Free

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Annatto Seeds: annatto
Mole Ground Spices: ancho chilli, pasilla chilli, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, black pepper, Mexican oregano, paprika
Pickled Onion Spices: green chilli, coriander

May contain traces of celery, mustard and sesame
Allergens are listed in CAPITALS

  • 4 chicken legs or large thighs or 3 large courgettes for a veg version
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ medium pineapple (or 200g ready-prepared)
  • 1 lime
  • Sour cream to serve (optional)
  • Rice to serve
  • Large lidded pan
  • Large frying pan
  • Small pan
  • Blender

Product Rating (6):


Delicious Mole with spicy onions and some tasty fiiineapple on the side. Yuuum!

Becki Thomas View More

Looks fab! Happy spicing!


Loved the jalapeno onions but not so sure about the spicing of the mole, and found it a bit grainy.

Chloe Hayward-grant View More

Glad you enjoyed the Jalapeno Pickled Onions, sorry to hear you were a bit unsure about the spicing of the mole- I have passed this feedback on to the recipe development team!


Once again the meal was amazing! We loved the pickled onions and the chicken was sooo tender! Not as spicy as others weve had so that was a nice change!

Polly Aked View More

YUM looks like a magnificent Mole to us- we love this deliciously rich and fruity sauce!


From the Taco Legend book I made Manchamanteles Mole, Sonoran Beans, Arroz Verde and corn tortillas. The Mole tastes incredible with a real freshness from the pineapple and a deeply spiced but not hot spicy flavour. The Sonoran beans are maybe one of the best things I have ever eaten ever. Simply amazing with the tang from the cheese and the chillis soaked in the lime juice.

Andrew Bjonnes View More

Arriba, that's so fantastic to hear! This looks like a truly terrific Taco Legend meal- hats off to the chef!


The Mole was fairly bland compared to what we were expecting but we enjoyed the pickled onions. This one takes after its name and is definitely a table cloth stainer!

Alice Divall View More

Glad you enjoyed the pickled onions- we're sorry to hear that you found the mole a bit bland!


I think this is the first recipe we didn't enjoy. I am not sure if I did something wrong but the chicken was very bland and the onions sour with no taste from the jalapenos. It's a shame bit considering how many amazing recipes we tried I guess sooner or later we would come across one we didn't.

Ulrica Oconnor View More

Oh no - I'm so sorry to hear that this meal didn't live up to previous Spicery meals. Thanks for your feedback, though - we'll take another look at the dish. Let's hope the next one is a hit!

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