Savory Pumpkin Seed Mole


Embark on a culinary adventure with our Savory Pumpkin Seed Mole, a unique and exquisite twist on the traditional Mexican sauce. This mole combines the nutty richness of toasted pumpkin seeds with a blend of aromatic spices and herbs, creating a sauce that is both deeply flavorful and wonderfully versatile. It's perfect for drizzling over grilled meats or vegetables, adding a layer of complexity to any dish.

Savory Pumpkin Seed Mole

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Yield: About 2 cups
  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 150 kcal
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Sodium: 150 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g


  • Pumpkin seeds (150 g / 5.3 oz), toasted
  • Olive oil (30 ml / 1 fl oz)
  • Onion (100 g / 3.5 oz), chopped
  • Garlic cloves (10 g / 0.35 oz), minced
  • Jalapeño pepper (15 g / 0.5 oz), chopped
  • Ground cumin (5 g / 0.2 oz)
  • Chicken or vegetable broth (480 ml / 16 fl oz)
  • Fresh cilantro (30 g / 1 oz), chopped
  • Lime juice (15 ml / 0.5 fl oz)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Toast Pumpkin Seeds: In a dry skillet, toast the pumpkin seeds until they pop and turn golden. Set aside to cool.
  2. Sauté Aromatics: In the same skillet, heat olive oil and sauté onion, garlic, and jalapeño until soft.
  3. Blend Ingredients: In a blender, combine the toasted pumpkin seeds, sautéed mixture, cumin, broth, cilantro, and lime juice. Blend until smooth.
  4. Simmer: Return the sauce to the skillet and simmer for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve: Use as a sauce for grilled meats, vegetables, or as a dip.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Seed Preparation: Ensure the pumpkin seeds are well-toasted for maximum flavor.
  • Consistency Adjustments: Add more broth if the sauce is too thick.
  • Serving Ideas: Excellent with chicken, roasted vegetables, or as a base for enchiladas.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use store-bought roasted pumpkin seeds?

Yes, but fresh toasting enhances the flavor.

How long can I store this mole?

Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can this recipe be made vegan?

Yes, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.