This Mexican Mollete is probably the best open-faced sandwich you will ever eat, easy to put together, yet impressive in appearance, so versatile and incredibly delicious. Let me show you how easy it is to make.
**This post was originally published on Jan 2020. It has been updated to be more helpful.
What are Molletes?
This open-faced Mexican sandwich is made with toasted bolillos layered with refried beans and shredded cheese, then baked until the cheese is melted perfectly.
Depending on the region in Mexico, other toppings are added such as chorizo, chilorio, eggs, etc. What gives the special touch is the salsa fresca (pico de gallo). This is by far, the most common salsa used on molletes.
In other parts of the world…
Although it is a dish that exists in many Spanish-speaking countries, in Mexico, they are distinguished by using “bolillos”, a dense bread very common in all regions of the country. The bread and toppings will vary from country to country.
Mollete’s pronunciation is: moh-yeh-teh
Beans, salsa, cheese and bolillos are staples in my house, so making molletes is a quick option for when we’re tired of traditional sandwiches or a boring breakfast, snack, lunch or dinner!
Here is what you’ll need to make them:
- Bolillo – If you can’t find bolillos where you live, you can use any thick bread such as french bread or a baguette.
- Butter – buttering and toasting the bread before assembling the sandwich elevates it above an everyday experience. Trust me on this one…don’t skip this step!
- Beans – refried beans are the best for this!!! There is no way around it. Cook a batch of my refried beans and keep them in the freezer ready to go for these quick recipes.
- The cheese – I use Oaxaca cheese but you can use any other good melting cheese such as manchego, chihuahua, mozzarella, or monterey jack. They all have lots of flavor but are not super strong that will overpower the rest of the ingredients.
- The salsa – the typical salsa used on molletes is salsa fresca (aka pico de gallo). However, you can use your favorite salsa … just make your pick!
How to make Molletes Mexicanos
- Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. The next steps go rather quickly!
- Heat a large skillet or comal over medium-high heat.
- Spread butter over the cut side of the bolillo roll and place buttered side on hot skillet. Toast the bolillo for a couple of minutes or until it’s nice and brown.
4. Remove from skillet and place rolls on a baking sheet.
5. Spread a layer of refried beans, then a layer of shredded cheese.
6. Bake the bolillo rolls for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and it turns golden brown.
7. Remove from oven and top with salsa fresca. Serve warm.
Version #2 – Another classic variation is to add a layer of chorizo before you add the cheese then top with a salsa at the end. Or just follow your imagination to give your personal touch!
Version #3 – There is also a sweet version of Molletes that everyone loves! Molletes Dulces are a treat that you must have at least once. They’re made with cinnamon and sugar. Yum!
The sweet Molletes do not need to be baked. All you do after you brown them with butter is add cinnamon and sugar.
What to serve with Molletes
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Authentic Molletes Recipe
- Large skillet
- Baking sheet
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Spread butter over the cut side of the bolillo roll and place buttered side on hot skillet.
- Toast roll for a couple of minutes or until it's nice and brown.
- Remove from skillet and place rolls on a baking sheet.
- Spread a layer of refried beans, then a layer of shredded cheese.
- Bake bolillo rolls for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and it turns golden brown.
- Remove from over and top with salsa fresca. Serve warm.
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