It turns out that mole—the catch-all term, pronounced MOE-lay, for a wide range of Mexican sauces involving chile peppers—isn't hard to make. Most versions just require a ton of ingredients and an equal amount of patience. The reward? Holy, indeed.
Tangy, sweet and spicy quick-pickled jalapeno peppers are ready in 15 minutes, and good to spice up any drink, salad, wrap, or order of nachos. You will never have to buy another jar of pickled jalapenos again!
Chef Akhtar Nawab of New York City's Choza Taqueria makes a simple mole from charred tomatillos, serrano chiles and garlic laced with smoky cumin, cinnamon and clove. The real game changer, however, is the addition of roasted pistachios.