Oaxacan Mole Negro – THE MOST MYSTERIOUS Mexican Food in Oaxaca Village, Mexico!

Oaxacan Mole Negro - THE MOST MYSTERIOUS Mexican Food in Oaxaca Village, Mexico!
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Mole negro is one of the most amazing Mexican foods!
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Cooking Oaxacan mole negro from scratch was one of the best food and cultural experiences I’ve ever had. On top of that, we didn’t really know what we were going to do when we set off in the morning… but things worked out for the best. Thank you to Javier and his family for inviting us into their home to cook amazing Oaxacan food!

So in the morning the plan was
Rent a van for the day
Drive to a village
Find a market
Ask a nice Grandmother or Aunty to cook us some authentic Oaxacan mole negro

Now, mole negro is one of the most complex and mysterious of all the Oaxacan Mexican food dishes. There’s such a huge mix of random ingredients in the dish, and no one knows for sure how it was invented or how it came about – there are only legends.

After renting a van for the day, our driver Javier came to pick us up and we started talking with him to see if he knew anyone that would make us Oaxacan mole negro from scratch. He called his Mom, and she agreed!

We picked up Mom in a place called Tlacolula de Matamoros, and we went straight to the market to buy all the ingredients for mole negro. Tlacolula de Matamoros is a predominantly Zapotec town, an Indigenous pre-Columbian civilization from the Valley of Oaxaca

We got back to the house and started preparing all the ingredients. Let me tell you, mole negro has to be one of the most complex and mysterious of all Mexican food. It includes so many random and seemingly odd ingredients. It was a lot of fun to learn how to make it.

The end result of the Oaxacan mole negro, was supreme. The sauce was so rich, chocolatey, and you could taste all the random ingredients in it – the nuts and dried fruit. It’s deliciously complex.

Mole was amazing, and having the chance to hang out in a traditional Oaxacan village to cook was priceless.

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  1. I was so happy to watch your video today. I have been ill and unable to eat for several weeks
    and my craving of foods has not been present until I watch you enjoy this fabulous dish.  I enjoyed wathcing you with the excitment and respect you have kindly express of the hospitality from this family and the mole chicken dish this fabulous cook made for you.
    Thank you for sharing I can not wait to start eating again!!!

  2. omg And then you can make “enchiladas”(enmoladas?) with either ground beef or chicken, chopped onion, and double cream cheese(from Chiapas) bomb!!! I miss my Mexico ?? so freaking much !

  3. Mark can you please visit Central America? I’m so curious to what their street food look like and your description of it is. By the way I’m obsessed with your videos. They’re so interesting.

  4. Now that is my favorite dish, Mexican Mole but this Oaxacan Mole is over the top. But the grasshoppers?…uh fill your boots. That's it no more McDonalds for me.

  5. And mamacita is making the weekly groceries on your nickel Mike. Well, it is all in good stead. You had you pr fun, and viewers had to something worth watching.

  6. lol it was all looking great until the Grasshoppers! But if ya like bugs its all good lol! But great video and what a awesome family!

  7. Could you share the location? Im mexican and i would like to become a chef but i truly want to learn from the roots my country’s cousin, and i think this is the perfect mole ive seen so far, so could you share the info

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