Traditional Mexican Molletes


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

close up view of Traditional Mexican Molletes on a plate with wooden cutlery
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • 4 bolillo rolls, sliced in half lengthwise

  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature

  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans, heated

  • 1 (7 ounce) package Borden® Southwestern Cheddar & Monterey Jack Shredded Cheese

  • Mexican salsa or pico de gallo, for serving


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

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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 (per serving)

699 Calories
26g Fat
85g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 699
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 1023mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 85g 31%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 566mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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