Chicken Mole Nachos

  • Yield servings

Ingredients

Chicken Mole:
5 boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into bite size pieces
Vegetable oil as needed for frying the chicken pieces
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons each salt and pepper
2 cups hot water or chicken broth
1/4 cup mole sauce Dona Maria brand like this one the best
Salsa Relish:
1 pint grape tomatoes quartered
4 yellow chile peppers seeded diced
2 serrano chile peppers seeded diced
1 jalapeno pepper seeded diced
1 celery rib diced
4 green onions sliced
1 juice of 1 fresh lime
1 teaspoon garlic
1/2 green bell pepper seeded diced
1/2 red bell pepper seeded diced
Other ingredients
4 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
1to 1 1/2 cups refried beans 2 ripe avocados diced cover well and set aside
1/2 cup olives quartered cover and set aside if you like olives you can use a full 14 ounce can
Crema Mexicana (sour cream) I use Cacique brand, though I have never tried other brands of mexician sour cream
Lime flavored tortilla chips large bag (Tostitos is what I used)
1 lime cut into 8 wedges

Instructions

Procedure:

Prepare Salsa Relish by mixing all ingredients together, set aside. Can be made up to two hours ahead, do not refrigerate. Makes about 2 cups

Chicken Mole:

Mix flour with salt and pepper, dredge chicken pieces in flour, shake off excess and fry until golden brown and meat is cooked through. Remove from pan and drain on paper towel.

Meanwhile mix water or chicken broth with mole sauce in large skillet and heat, stirring to dissolve mole. When mixture comes to a soft boil add the chicken and simmer. Adjust seasoning as needed with additional salt.

Heat Beans thoroughly, add a little chicken broth or water to allow for a smooth spreadable consistency.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees:

On a large heat proof platter, spread 1/2 the bag of tortilla chips then layer with 1 to 1-1/2 cups of the shredded pepper jack cheese covering all chips.

Spread refried beans on top of cheese.

Spoon about 3/4 cup Salsa Relish over Cheese, (or as much as you like, but don’t use all of it, save some for serving on the side).

layer with remaining chips.

Sprinkle 1 to 1-1/2 cups of shredded pepper jack cheese on top of chips.

Spoon Chicken Mole on top of cheese.

Heat in oven until cheese melts, about 5 minutes

Remove from oven and top with remaining cheese, quartered olives and diced avocado. Dollop Crema Mexicana on top of this, as much as you like.

Garnish platter with lime wedges and serve with remaining salsa relish on the side

Though this recipe looks complicated it is not; I prepare the salsa relish, quartered olives and avocado ahead of time. The refried beans though I make my own, canned work fine.

It’s really worth the effort.

Eliza Shotts

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