The Only Ready to Serve Mole Sauce We Can Recommend

Finding the best mole sauce at the grocery store is a tall order. Believe me—I tried. Mole comes in a wide variety of colors, flavors, and styles, but the bulk of what you’ll find at the grocery store is the dark brownish-red kind that consists of chile peppers, nuts and seeds, and cocoa. And most of it comes in the form of a paste that needs to be reconstituted with chicken broth or water. For the most part, those mole pastes need additional dressing up in order for them to resemble the rich, creamy mole sauce you’d find in a Mexican restaurant (for instance, this recipe calls for peanut butter and Mexican hot chocolate). 

What I wanted to find was mole sauce that’s ready to roll right out of the jar or carton. Mole sauce that approximates a creamy, dreamy, savory-sweet mole sauce you can simply mix with some shredded chicken for chicken mole tacos, or dump over a plate of chicken thighs and rice and call it a day. I tried a handful of nationally available brands and only found one I thought was good enough to rank. If you’re reading this and you have suggestions, do drop them in the comments; we’re always updating our rankings and would be thrilled to update this list with more options. But in the meantime, this is the best store bought mole sauce we found.

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best ready to serve mole sauce

Best Mole Sauce

Rogelio Bueno Ready to Serve Mole Sauce

Rogelio Bueno mole sauce tastes good. It’s complex—nutty and savory and just a touch bitter. You can tell it actually contains cocoa, along with toasty sesame seeds and dried peppers. It has a good amount of heat, too, which I really loved. A lot of the prepared mole sauce we taste tested, whether it came in a jar or a carton, just didn’t have the right mix of flavors. Some had way too much cumin. Others tasted more like jerk sauce than mole sauce. If you slow cook this in a skillet with some chicken thighs, it’s going to fulfill a craving. It may not be the best mole sauce in the world and it may not live up to what you’re used to being served at your favorite Mexican restaurant (I live in Los Angeles! I’ve eaten at Guelaguetza, the city’s most famous Oaxacan restaurant! Believe me, I get it!), but it’s the best store bought mole sauce we’ve found so far.




Other products we tried: 365 Mole Negro, Doña Maria Mole Sauce (paste), Doña Maria Ready to Serve Mole Sauce, La Costeña Hot Mole (paste), Aplenty Mole

About the Author

Gwynedd Stuart

Gwynedd Stuart, Sporked’s managing editor, is an L.A.-based writer and editor who spends way, way too much time at the grocery store. She’s never met an Old El Paso taco or mozzarella stick she didn’t like.

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