Weekly Recipes


Molletes open faced sandwich

Molletes is a classic Mexican favorite somewhat like a grilled cheese sandwich, but open face with a layer of refried beans. Definitely comfort food!

Happy Cinco de Mayo weekend! Looks absolutely gorgeous! I have the perfect classic Mexican comfort food here – and it’s super easy to prepare. Molletes is essentially an open faced grilled cheese sandwich made with a layer of refried beans. I’ve created my own spin on it which is really, really good!

The typical molletes does not have green chile and pico de gallo is served on the side. I much prefer my version here. Note: there are actually two different Mexican foods called “molletes” – this one and a sweet roll, very different from this. You can find the sweet roll version in Mexican and Cuban bakeries around town.

This is definitely a quick comfort food – I’ll be making this again & again – hope you like it!

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Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 torta rolls*
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • ¼ cup medium hot diced green chiles (I used 505)
  • 1 1lb Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup pico de gallo*
  1. Cut torta rolls in half. Spread with butter and lightly toast in toaster oven or broiler for about 2 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Blend refried beans and green chile and set aside.
  3. Take each half torta roll and spread ¼ of bean/chile mixture evenly. Top with ¼ shredded cheese (about ½ cup) and top with about ¼ cup pico de gallo.
  4. Toast in toaster oven or oven broiler for a couple minutes, until cheese melts.
  5. Serve & enjoy!
* I like the torta rolls from Costco made by La Brea bakery. Also ciabatta rolls from Safeway or King Soopers are perfect for this
* You can just dice tomatoes, green onions and mix in more diced green chiles for a quick homemade pico de gallo, easy!


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