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Mexican cuisine has such a wide variety of flavors and elements that you could eat different Mexican dishes at the best Mexican restaurants Pinecrest has every day and never repeat the same recipe for weeks. A defining addition is mole, a sauce that often tops a dish and is often the diner's favorite part. Discover the seven definitive sauces of Mexico's Oaxaca region: Negro, Rojo, Coloradito, Amarillo, Verde, Chichilo and Manchamantel.

  1. Negro: Black mole is the most complex version of the traditional sauce. As a perfect blend of sweet and spice, mole negro relies on chocolate and spices such as cloves, cinnamon, and cumin. Hoja santa, a licorice-tasting herb is also a key ingredient in this unique mole.

  2. Rojo: Red mole is the most popular mole variation among the Mexican restaurants Pinecrest has and beyond. The notable ingredients in mole rojo include mulato, ancho, and pasilla chiles. They are combined with blended raisins, almonds, or peanuts for a sweet and spice flavor profile.

  3. Coloradito: This mole falls between negro and rojo in color and has base ingredients of whole spices, onions, garlic, and chocolate. Mole coloradito's secret ingredient is mashed ripe plantain for thickening and sweetening.

  4. Amarillo: Mole amarillo does not have chocolate, but instead resembles a simple Indian curry sauce. It can be customized with a variety of ingredients, but always stays away from the sweet stuff.

  5. Verde: Bright green in color, this mole gets it appearance and flavor from extra pumpkin seeds, tomatillos, jalapenos, and cilantro. Mole verde can be diluted with chicken stock at the end for a soupier sauce.

  6. Chichilo: This spicy mole starts with a rich, homemade beef stock. Arbol, guajillo, and ancho chiles are added in for spice and corn flour or masa is used to thicken the sauce.

  7. Manchamantel: Mole manchamantel stands out from its mole cousins with its bright red color and fruity flavor. The ingredients include fresh pineapple, plantain, chorizo grease, tomatoes, and ancho chiles. This mole is called the "tablecloth stainer" as any small spill of it will leave a lasting mark.

By knowing the different kinds of mole that can top your favorite Mexican dishes, you'll be able to customize your next meal to your tastes. Have fun when you go out to the Mexican restaurants Pinecrest has and try a new one each time.