How convenient that this week’s Meatless Mondays A-Z challenge–for which Heather chose D is for Dark…Chocolate–falls on the same day as my latest cooking class at Whole Foods, entitled, yes, Meatless Mexican Monday.
After all, the Mayans and the Aztecs were cooking with cocoa long before little girls at summer camp were making s’mores around the campfire.
I am not an expert in Mexican cuisine
although I like to pretend I am but I do know that mole isn’t just the super thick sludge of a chocolate mess that I once tried and wanted to spit right back out like a four-year-old encountering overcooked broccoli.
This would be where you could also make it even spicier than it already is by adding more chili powder or cayenne.
The one thing this recipe DOES have in common with authentic mole?
Cinnamon Cocoa Mole w. TVP Chorizo
[Makes 2 1/2 cups or so]
- 2 cups TVP Chorizo Crumbles[recipe below]
- 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 4 tsp. unweetened cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. brown sugar (optional)
- cayenne or chili powder (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat.
Once heated through, serve as you would your favorite taco/burrito filling.
TVP Chorizo Crumbles
[Makes 2 cups]
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup textured vegetable protein (TVP)
- 1 Tbsp. light chili powder
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 1/2 tsp. liquid aminos
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 tsp. nutritional yeast (optional)
- 1 tsp. smoked (or sweet) paprika
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 3/4 tsp. ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric or annato
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (more, or less, as desired…but it will be spicy!)
- Combine TVP and all seasonings/spices in a medium-sized bowl. Stir to combine.
- Pour water over mixture, stirring well.
- Allow to ‘cook’ for about 10 minutes.
- Use in the Cinnamon Cocoa Mole recipe above, or cook quickly over medium heat to remove some moisture before storing and using as you would any other crumbled sausage.