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Slow Cooker Chicken Mole Tacos

Typically labored over and simmered for hours, my Instant Pot Chicken Mole Tacos are made in under an hour. This still delivers the multi-layered flavors of chiles, chocolate, dried fruit, herbs and spices with tender, shredded chicken that's perfect for tacos or enchiladas. Adapted from Cooking Light.
Course: Tacos
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chicken Mole Tacos
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 571kcal
Author: Kevin | Kevin Is Cooking


  • 3 dried ancho chiles
  • 28 oz can whole roasted tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds toasted
  • 1/2 cup dark baking chocolate
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 lbs chicken thighs bone-in, skinned (See Note 1)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 16 6-in. corn tortillas
  • 1/4 cup Cotija cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves chopped
  • 2 limes cut into wedges


  • In a bowl cover ancho chiles with boiling water and soak for 10 minutes. Drain and discard stems and seeds.
  • In a small saute pan toast the almonds and sesame seeds for 3 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a blender or food processor add seeded chiles, tomatoes, onion, almonds, sesame seeds, chocolate, raisins, chicken stock, chipotles and adobo sauce, cumin, cinnamon, Mexican oregano and garlic in a food processor until smooth.
  • Season chicken with salt and place in a 6-quart slow cooker. Add mole sauce mixture. Cover and cook on low 8 hours or High for 4 hours.
  • Place chicken on a cutting board and remove bones. Reserve 2 cups of the mole sauce for another use. Shred chicken into large pieces and return to slow cooker.
  • Toast and slightly char corn tortillas over medium-high directly on burner. Top tortillas with chicken mole mixture, cheese, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.


1. Feel free to use boneless chicken thighs, but bone-in has so much more flavor.


Calories: 571kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 552mg | Potassium: 818mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 4095IU | Vitamin C: 12.9mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 5.6mg