Lamb Mole (Lamb with Chocolate)

Lamb Mole I hear you saying – how odd?!  Chocolate with lamb?  In a slow cooker no less?

I have made Chicken Mole, Beef Mole, and now I have tried Lamb Mole.  The Chicken Mole was a different recipe but I have made beef and lamb using the same recipe.  The beef was my favourite, and you can substitute beef mince for lamb mince in this recipe, but I had to try lamb as it is not commonly combined with chocolate.

Lamb Mole (Lamb with Chocolate)

Lamb Mole

Lamb Mole

 

1 tbsp olive oil

500g minced lamb (or use beef for Beef Mole)

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp sweet paprika

1/2 tsp crushed dried chilli

1 bay leaf

400g can chopped tomatoes

410g can red kidney beans, drained

2 tbs dark brown sugar

300ml beef stock

25g plain dark chocolate (either chopped, or use buttons)

Salt and Pepper

Sour cream (optional) to serve

I don’t need to preheat my slow cooker, but read your instructions to see if this is necessary.  Heat the oil in a frying pan, add mince and onion and fry, stirring, until the mince is crumbled and browned.

Stir in the garlic, spices and bay leaf and cook for one minute.  Mix in the tomatoes, beans, sugar and stock, then stir through the chocolate and salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon into the slow cooker crock, cover with lid and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.  Serve with rice, spoon a dob of sour cream on top.  You can get creative and sprinkle paprika over the sour cream if you like, or add a small vegetable like peas or corn niblets to the rice.

Just in case you are interested, here is what the beef looks like:

Beef Mole

Beef Mole

 

This dish is nice and warming on these cold nights, and is quick and easy to prepare, and the slow cooker does all the cooking while you go and do other things.  I love my slow cooker.

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