A few weeks ago a friend and I took a cooking class at the Santa Fe Culinary Academy. The class was on mole and was taught by Chef Fernando Olea, a well-known Santa Fe chef, originally from Mexico City. The class was a demonstration of Chef Olea making his family recipe for Mole Poblano while engaging the class in a discussion on the different types of moles and the endless variety of ingredients. Chef Olea encouraged us to create our own family recipe for mole, addressing our own tastes and using local ingredients. Chef Olea was so inspiring, that when I got home, I did just that. The main ingredients in the Red Mole recipe are mostly local, New Mexico ingredients. The primary chile is dried New Mexico red which gives the mole more of a red color than the dark chocolate color that one might get from a combination of other dried chiles such as pasilla, mulato, and ancho.