Inside: Learn exactly how to make this delicious Mexican beef based soup, commonly referred to as “mole de olla.” This is a traditional meal from the south and central regions of Mexico and you are sure to love it!
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This recipe combines different vegetables with the flavor of beef and is very popular in the central and southern regions of Mexico. You may think that this is only popular on cooler days, but you may be surprised to learn that it is even more commonly consumed on very hot days.
My grandma always told us that eating mole de olla on hot days helped to regulate our body’s temperature, since we didn’t have air conditioners to keep us comfortable on those hot days.
This recipe combines essential vitamins and minerals which are important for your health. This comes from the variety of vegetables and the proein from the beef that it uses. What really makes this meal special though, is the delicious herbs and spices that are used to season in.
One popular variation is to include bones with marrow, and my grandma told us that it is what gave flavor to the soup. Personally, I don’t like to add that because it adds additional saturated fat. To be honest, I was not a big fan of this when I was growing up, because I didn’t really like vegetables. However, with time I realized how important vegetables are and I love this now.
What Is Mole De Olla?
Don’t confuse mole de olla with traditional mole which includes chocolate as a base ingredient. That type of mole is delicious, but it isn’t the same as this. Mole actually refers to a combination of ingredients or a salsa, so that is why this recipe has the name mole de olla. An olla is a pot, so it is basically a combination of ingredients made in a large pot!
In some parts of Mexico this meal is simply referred to as beef or vegetable soup.
Mole de olla is traditionally prepared in a large, deep clay pot. The beef broth is made in the pot and then it is seasoned with herbs and spices along with a tomato or dried chile salsa. Finally a variety of vegetables are added.
Some of the common vegetables that you will see included are these:
- Pieces of corn
- Green Beans
Mole de olla is delicious when served with freshly made tortillas, lime juice, and of course some type of salsa or pepper on the side. Some common variations are to add other vegetabls like jicama or spinach. I hope you enjoy this for years to come and let me know below how it turns out.
Check out these other delicious Mexican soups
- Mexican Pozole Recipe
- Charro Beans
- Authentic Mexican Menudo Recipe
- Authentic Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup
Mole de olla (Mexican beef soup)
- 1 pound beef short ribs
- 1 pound beef, cut into chunks
- Marrow Bones optional
- 3 liters water
- 1 head garlic
- 1 white onion small
- 3 bay leaves
- 4 tbsp salt
- 2 corn cobs cut into four pieces
- 1 chayote chopped into bite size pieces
- 2 Carrots chopped into small pieces
- 3 red potatoes chopped into small pieces
- 1 squash chopeed into small pieces
- green beans
- 1/2 cabbage head cut into small pieces
- 2 mint leaves
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- Add the water, beef ribs and beef chunks, salt, garlic, onion and bay leaves in a large pot and bring to a boil for 30 minutes. You may see some foam, which you can remove with a wooden spoon.
- After 30 minutes, remove the onion and garlic and then add the corn, carrots, green beans, and chayote and cook over medium heat for 30 additional minutes.
- Add the potatoes, squash, mint leaves, and cabbage and cook for 20 more minutes, or until the beef is tender.
- Serve hot with lime and tortillas.