Roasted Root Vegetable Mole
Preheat oven 400 F.
Toss your prepared root vegetables in 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. In addition to sugar pumpkin I used 1 Turnip and 1 white yam. These cook quicker so I put them on a separate cooking sheet to back.
After about 30 minutes in the oven turn the root veg over so they brown evenly.
In a spice grinder (I use my coffee bean grinder) add a selection of dried Mexican peppers, 2 chipotle, 1 Mulato, 1 Poblano, 2 Ancho (Guajillo or Pasilla are good as well mix and match as you want). Remove stems and seed and grind to a fine powder (you will have more than the recipe requires, but you may want to add more at the end - either way it keeps well in a covered jar).
Chop roughly Two large onions and 6-8 cloves of garlic chopped fine.
De stem and de seed 2-4 Jalapeno peppers (or serrano if you like it hotter)
In a large pot add 1/4 cup of olive oil heat till hot but not smoking over medium high heat, add the onions, reduce heat to medium, cover and wilt for about 10 minutes, add the garlic and Jalapeno and cook for another 2 minutes.
Stir in 1 Tablespoon of cumin powder, 1 Tablespoon of dried Oregano, 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder, 2 Tablespoons of Mexican chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, 2 Teaspoons of salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
With a wooden spoon mix the spices into the aromatics and stirring frequently cook for about 5 minutes.
Add 2 Tablespoons of Molasses, 1 28 ounce tin of Whole Tomatoes (include the juice in the can) and 1 15 ounce can each of Black beans and Pinto (I like the mix but if you like one more than the other add all of one kind - up to you - in totally you should have about 3 cups of beans give or take a half cup) reduce heat to medium/low and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the reserved roasted root veg, and 1 cup of roughly chopped Cilantro (stem and leaf).
As it cooks this Mole can get thick, I add water or more canned tomatoes to thin it out.
When the root vegetables are heated through, taste and re-season.
I serve this with grated sharp cheddar, sour cream, chopped red pepper and chopped cilantro - also a bottle of tabasco so people can spice it up as they like.
Goes great with corn bread or rice.