A traditional Mexican open sandwich with refried beans and melted cheese served with salsa. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or as a tasty snack.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Remove some of the bread from the middle of bread halves to accommodate more toppings. Spread about 1 teaspoon butter on each half.

  • Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons warmed refried beans on bread. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup Borden® Cheddar and Monterey Jack shredded cheese on the beans. Place bread halves on prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in preheated oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the bread is crispy, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Top molletes with Mexican salsa or pico de gallo.

Cook's Notes:

Traditionally molletes are served with Mexican Sauce (Salsa Mexicana) but any salsa would work with them.

If you would like to make them fancier you could add toppings such as: bacon, chorizo, mushrooms or poblano peppers.

This recipe is excellent to reuse leftover bolillos or dining rolls.

Nutrition Facts

699 calories; protein 28g 56% DV; carbohydrates 85.3g 28% DV; fat 26.1g 40% DV; cholesterol 77.1mg 26% DV; sodium 1022.5mg 41% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2016
I hadn't had Molletes since I was a kid. Now I remember why I loved them so much. I used my own homemade refried beans and the addition of butter to the bolillo kicked it up a notch. I loved them! Thanks Jenny for bringing back a childhood favorite. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/16/2020
I give this only 2 stars because the title is misleading... traditional molletes use Oaxaca cheese... easily found in Mexican Grocery stores (well easy if you re in the south!). If you can t find Oaxaca cheese then see if you can find the less melting cheese that s more salty crumbly & in between feta & mozzarella called Cotija cheese. Cotija cheese is easier to find. Last resort to be traditional then follow the cheese in this... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2016
I hadn't had Molletes since I was a kid. Now I remember why I loved them so much. I used my own homemade refried beans and the addition of butter to the bolillo kicked it up a notch. I loved them! Thanks Jenny for bringing back a childhood favorite. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/16/2020
I give this only 2 stars because the title is misleading... traditional molletes use Oaxaca cheese... easily found in Mexican Grocery stores (well easy if you re in the south!). If you can t find Oaxaca cheese then see if you can find the less melting cheese that s more salty crumbly & in between feta & mozzarella called Cotija cheese. Cotija cheese is easier to find. Last resort to be traditional then follow the cheese in this... Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2016
Simple and yummy vegetarian meal. Even my finicky seven year old liked it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2016
This was super easy fast and everyone loved it. I melted the butter and brushed it onto the bread (just to make my life easier). I topped it with a dollop of sour cream -- SO GOOD! It's great AS IS. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2016
This is a delicious and easy snack. The cheese really does make a difference. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2016
Oh heaven!! These were fantastic!! For the refried beans I used my own "hack" with canned refried beans--it's super quick and tastes like homemade refried beans from scratch. Because I add additional spices & some lime juice I didn't add additional toppings to bhe bolillos. So delicious and I'm super happy with this Borden recipe. A quick lunch any day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2016
I love these! They are so easy to make and so tasty! We make these often for a quick weeknight meal and I usually serve them with extra fixings on the side so everyone can add what they want to theirs (scallions guacamole salsa verde etc). Thank you for sharing your recipe Jenny! I hope that others will enjoy them as much as our family does. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2016
These were really good. I had never had them before but I will be making them again. So easy! Yum thanks for a great new recipe. Read More
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