Need some variety in your chili life? This 21 Day Fix Mole Chicken Chili is a unique and healthy twist on the classic.
Hey guys! Can you tell that it’s officially fall in my mind lately? As if the Pumpkin-Coconut Crème Brûlée that I posted the other day wasn’t proof enough, I’d say this chili recipe oughtta do it. Makes me want to wrap myself up in a warm, fuzzy blanket, light a crackly candle* and get my hygge on. Yesssss….
I’m always trying to think of new ways to make chili. Mainly because I want to enjoy it’s warm, comfort-y goodness as much as possible once the weather cools and I don’t want the fam to get sick of it. One of my little angels has a curious habit of crawling under the table when she doesn’t want to eat something. I like to keep her off of the floor at dinnertime when I can, hence, so many chilis. Also, I think by my very nature, the more “unique” a recipe is, the more interested I am in it. Since you’re here, I’m guessing you feel the same.
Anyway, I was thinking recently about how much I missed the mole at my favorite Mexican restaurant in the Louisville area (La Cocina de Mama) and it made me want to try and make some myself. However, if you’ve ever googled “how to make mole” you’ll quickly find that the real deal is really time consuming. I’m talking multiple days here, people. Since neither I nor you want to spend several days making chili, I found a great cheater’s mole from Marcela Valladolid that I used as inspiration instead and it turned out great! It actually tasted really similar to the mole I love so much from the restaurant. But I definitely didn’t happy-dance, because that would be weird and totally overkill for chili (right?).
Ok, so let’s talk about heat level a minute. This chili won’t actually turn out very spicy without adding the optional ancho chile powder and cayenne. I left it this way because my kids will happily eat it like this and then I can just add the extra spices into my own bowl exactly how I like it, which I think is perfect for when you’re feeding a crowd as well. It’s also gluten free and dairy free, just fyi.
Ya know, I’m thinking this would make a really fun chili cook-off recipe if you’re into that sort of thing 🙂
*I love, love, love this crackly candle from Woodwick! It makes everything feel so cozy! (⇐ affiliate link)
If you make this recipe be sure to snap a pic and tag me @thefoodieandthefix or use #thefoodieandthefix on Instagram so I can check it out! It makes me ridiculously happy to see what you guys are making 🙂