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Mexican Molletes

Molletes are a classic Mexican breakfast, lunch, or quick snack. They are an open-faced sandwich consisting of toasted bread and topped with refried beans, melted cheese, and pico de gallo.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 353kcal


  • 2 bolillo or bread
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 1/4 onion diced
  • 2 lime juice
  • 1 jalapeno finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cilantro leaves chopped


  • Slice the bolillos in half.
  • Smear 2 tablespoons of refried beans on one half of the bolillo.
  • Repeat with the other bolillo halves.
  • Add Monterey Jack cheese on top of the refried beans.
  • Set oven to Broiler.
  • Place the prepared boillos on a sheet pan.
  • Place the bolillos under the broiler for 7 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • Meanwhile, make the pico de gallo.
  • Mix the tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, and salt.
  • Set the pico de gallo aside until the bread is ready.
  • Top the molletes with the salsa.
  • Serve immediately.


In case, you can't find bolillo, you can use french bread or any type of sandwich roll instead.
Types of cheese to use: Monterey Jack, Manchego Cheese, Oaxaca, White Cheddar
Pro Tip: You don’t want to top the bread with the pico de gallo until you’re ready to eat the sandwich. OR, it will make the bread soggy.


Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1097mg | Potassium: 259mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1049IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 479mg | Iron: 2mg