(moh·lay am·ah·ree·yo)
Mole Amarillo Starter celebrates the authentic flavors of Oaxaca, Mexico. Aji amarillos, a hot yellow chile pepper, gives the mix its signature heat while tomatoes, aromatics like garlic and onion, and herbs lend it a savory, earthy flavor.

The term “mole” comes from the indigenous Nahuatl word “molli,” which roughly translates to “sauce or mixture.” While there are dozens of variations of the mole sauce, most feature a combination of dried chiles and layered flavors from toasted nuts, warm spices, tomato, and even dried fruit or chocolate. Each ingredient is roasted or cooked in a frying pan to draw out the flavor. The sauce is then blended for a silky-smooth texture. Depending on the desired flavor development, some mole sauces can take hours or even days to prepare.

Legend has it that a slightly distinct mole variation known as mole poblano sauce was invented by a nun of the Dominican order named Sor Andrea de la Asuncion during the 17th century in Puebla, Mexico. However, like most legends, it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact origin since the ingredients can be found in recipes dating back to the Aztec and Maya culinary traditions.

Curious Spoon’s Mole Amarillo Starter is crafted to bring the flavors of Oaxacan mole amarillo to your home kitchen. Simply rehydrate the sauce starter with water and simmer on the stove until it reaches the desired consistency. Once finished, use it immediately in place of salsa for empanadas or enchiladas or simmer it with fish, poultry, beef, or pork for a delicious and authentic mole amarillo dish.


Spices, Almonds, Tomato, Garlic, Paprika, Onion, Annatto seed, Salt, Tamarind, Contains 2% or less of Sunflower oil, Sugar, Cellulose, Natural flavor, Tartaric acid, Gum acacia, Xanthan gum. Contains: Tree Nuts.


Combine 1 cup water with contents of packet and bring to a simmer.

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