This is a mole enchiladas love story. My grandmother made the from-scratch version of these chicken enchiladas de mole for my grandfather. He loved the dish so much that he proposed to her that night.
My mother, Maria Antonieta López, made these enchiladas for my father on their first date in California. They had been writing to each other for almost 18 months. His visit meant that he was serious and was looking to finally settle down. Unfortunately, my mom was not a very good cook at the time. She could barely boil water. So with my grandmother’s guidance and by modifying the recipe to include store-bought (my family buys Doña Maria’s Mole sauce, a very popular brand), my mother succeeded in making delicious enchiladas de mole and landed herself an engagement ring. (If you want to make your own mole, here is Familia Kitchen’s Recipe Contest-winning Your Family’s Favorite Mole recipe.)
Third time’s the charm, right? I had been dating my now-husband for almost three years and wondering if he had any plans to propose. My mom suggested on his next trip out from New York, I should invite him over to their house where she would make her family-famous enchiladas de mole. He loved them and proposed a few weeks later — making me promise that I would make these enchiladas regularly for him throughout our marriage.
Here is my mother’s and my recipe for our family’s marriage-proposal-inspiring dish:
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