Chef celebrates Cinco de Mayo with mole sauce

04/27/2012 | Eagle-Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), The

Mole sauce, the traditional Mexican staple created with chiles, chocolate and dozens of other fresh, south-of-the-border flavors, has a special meaning on Cinco De Mayo. Legend says that before the Mexican army defeated the French, Mexican nuns created the first mole as they planned a quick escape from the French army, throwing together foods that would suit a long journey. Many Mexicans celebrate this day with food reminiscent of the country's victory. Chef Alex Pardo shares his recipe for chicken enchiladas with mole that he's been making since his childhood in Mexico City.

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