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Molletes (Open-Faced Mexican Sandwiches with Refried Beans)

Toasted bread topped with refried beans, cheese, and fresh tomato salsa

These open-faced sandwiches are a favorite Mexican comfort food. You can vary the type of bread, cheese, and toppings, but you'll want to use homemade refried beans if possible for this dish to really shine. 


  • 2 bolillo Mexican bread rolls (can substitute French bread or ciabatta)
  • ½ to 1 cup refried beans
  • ½ cup shredded queso Oaxaca (Oaxacan string cheese)
  • Pickled jalapenos, salsa, and chorizo, for garnish (optional)
  • Fried eggs, for serving (optional)

Serves 2 to 4

  1. Split the bread rolls in half, lengthwise. Generously smear both halves of the rolls with refried beans. Layer with cheese and top with jalapeno slices. Place each half on a baking pan with the bean-and-cheese side facing up.
  2. Turn on your oven’s broiler to its low setting. Place the baking pan on the middle rack and cook until the cheese starts to melt and brown on the edges, about 3 minutes.
  3. Serve open-faced, topped with your favorite salsa, chorizo, a fried egg, or anything else you have in your refrigerator. 


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