Pistachio Poblano Chile Mole with Tortillas by Chef Ben Berryhill


1 Onion, peeled and rough chop
2 Thick Corn Tortilla, cut into 1/2 pieces
4 Tomato, remove stems and seeds
5 Garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch Cilantro, remove stems
3 cups Chicken Stock or Broth
1/2 cup Whole Roasted Pistachios, ground
3 Roasted Poblano Chile, peeled and seeded
Salt, to taste
1/4 cup Crema Fresca or mexican creama
1 ounce Cotija Cheese, peeled or grated


In a two quart sauce pot, sauté onions and tortilla pieces until they are lightly browned. Add tomato, garlic, and cilantro and sauté until wilted and fragrant. Add stock or broth and ground pistachios and simmer and stir for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool long enough to work with. In a blender combine sauce and cleaned poblanos. Puree until smooth and season with salt to taste. Heat and serve in a warm ceramic bowl. Garnish with crema and cotija cheese. Serve with warm thick corn tortillas.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!