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Mexican Molletes recipe: a warm open-faced sandwich

Molletes in a microwave

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Mexican Molletes recipe: a warm open-faced sandwich

Mexican Molletes recipe: a warm open-faced sandwich

We love this Molletes recipe because you only need four ingredients – and even less if you want to make it kid-friendly for non-spicy eaters.

To make this recipe, you need refried beans, chunky salsa picante sauce (something like Pace will work), shredded cheese (we used cheddar) and bread . That’s it! You can make this either in the over or a microwave will work too.

Easy molletes recipe

I used to work at a bakery in Santa Ana as a teenager and came across molletes there and that is how I found the recipe. What I love is that it is so easy to make, super affordable and you typically use bolillo bread but sandwich bread also works great and that is what I used this time around.

Molletes are typical in Spain and in Mexico with variations in each country. The ones from northern Mexico typically have refried beans, cheese and some jalapeno or serrano peppers. The ones from southern Mexico can have salsa or pico de gallo on top with some sort of meat or mushrooms. In fact – molletes are considered a distant cousin to the Italian bruschetta dish. Who knew? You can even make a sweet type of mollete, a desset like dish with sugar or honey on top.

These Molletes make for a quick snack in the afternoon – or even paired alongside with some Abuelita Mexican hot chocolate.

Molletes recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 bolillos or sliced bread
  • 1 jar of chunky salsa, we used mild to make it kid-friendly
  • 1 bag of shredded cheese – we used cheddar but you can use any type of cheese, even the Mexican blend will work
  • 1-2 cans of refried beans (we used dad’s homemade refried beans)

Directions

1. Cut your bolillos in half. If you’re using sandwich bread, place them out. If you’re using a microwave you can put them on a microwavable plate. Otherwise, place them on aluminum foil-lined cookie sheet.

2. Spread a tablespoonful of refried beans on top of each piece of bread. (You may heat them up first if they are canned as that will also help melt the cheese later.)

Molletes with beans

3. Put a tablespoonful of salsa on top of the beans on each slice of bread. Essentially you are layering toppings like a pizza.

Molletes with Pace Picante

4. Add cheddar cheese on top of each slice of bread.

Molletes with shredded cheese

5. If you’re using a microwave, put your molletes into the microwave and heat up for 30-45 seconds until the cheese melts. Tip: They will be hot so give them 5-10 minutes to cool down before you eat them.

If you’re using an oven, put them in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees until you see the cheese starting to melt and bubble.

Molletes in a microwave

Variation for picky eaters: We know kids can be picky so you can always just add the beans and cheese and skip the salsa.

We hope you enjoy making this super simple recipe great for the entire familia. And it’s also vegetarian friendly too!

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Belinda Espinoza is a Santa Ana native who grew up speaking Spanish to her abuela and Mexican parents. She went to college to become an educator and continues to work in the field of education. She likes Dr. Seuss’ quote that says “You make em. I’ll amuse em” which refers to him never having kids but writing a ton of children’s books. She doesn’t have kids of her own like Dr. Seuss but helps educate the next generation. She also has ten nieces and nephews and she enjoys spending time with them. She is a private tutor as well and her favorite subjects include Spanish and History. Her blogging career started in 2014 when Pattie Cordova invited her to join the team. Little did she know how much she would develop a passion for writing. She loves attending date night events, business networking events, local travel and writing about things to do with family and friends. She also loves going to food festivals for date night and trying out new restaurants. Finding a new adventure is always fun and getting to write about it is even better!

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