Molletes Mexican Grilled Cheese

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Recipe: #34323

February 16, 2020

"Bolillos is like a french bread roll"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (194.3 g)
  • Calories 316.2
  • Total Fat - 25.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 12.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 64.2 mg
  • Sodium - 334.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 10.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.6 g
  • Sugars - 2.5 g
  • Protein - 15.2 g
  • Calcium - 288.8 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 27.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Cut the bread open lengthwise.

Step 2

Toast the bread under the broiler until the edges turn golden.

Step 3

Lightly butter the toasted bread.

Step 4

Spread a few tablespoons of beans onto each piece of bread.

Step 5

Add shredded cheese over the top of the beans and place under the broiler until the cheese melts

Step 6

Mix salsa ingredients

Step 7

Top the sandwich


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For the bolillos, look for a fresh variety with a slightly crisp crust and soft interior.
  • For the refried beans, use your favorite brand or make your own.

  • For the bolillos, try using ciabatta bread instead. The ciabatta is slightly denser and chewier than the bolillos, which will help to keep the sandwich together and make it easier to eat.
  • For the monterey jack cheese, try using mozzarella instead. The mozzarella has a milder flavor, which will help to balance out the spicy salsa, and it will also melt more easily than the monterey jack.

Chorizo and Avocado Molletes Replace the refried beans with 4 ounces of cooked chorizo, and add 1/2 cup of chopped avocado to the salsa ingredients. Top the sandwiches with the salsa and serve.

Mexican Street Corn: Mexican Street Corn is a delicious side dish to pair with Molletes Mexican Grilled Cheese. It is a flavorful combination of grilled corn, mayonnaise, and Cotija cheese, all topped off with a sprinkle of chili powder. The creamy mayonnaise and salty Cotija cheese provide the perfect contrast to the crunchy grilled corn, making it the perfect accompaniment to the cheesy Molletes.

Chunky Guacamole: Chunky Guacamole is the perfect accompaniment to Molletes Mexican Grilled Cheese. The creamy texture of the guacamole pairs well with the crunchy grilled cheese and the flavors of the guacamole add an extra layer of flavor to the dish. The combination of the creamy guacamole, the crunchy grilled cheese, and the flavorful Mexican Street Corn will create a delicious and memorable meal.


Q: How do I make the salsa for the Molletes Mexican Grilled Cheese?

A: To make the salsa, mix together the red onions, green onions, tomatoes, avocado, serrano chili pepper, lime juice, and cilantro. Then, top the sandwich with the salsa.

Q: What type of cheese should I use for Molletes Mexican Grilled Cheese?

A: For Molletes Mexican Grilled Cheese, it is best to use a Mexican-style cheese such as Oaxaca or Chihuahua cheese. You can also use a mild cheddar cheese.

1 Reviews


I served these open-faced (only re-reading the recipe directions did I realize they were probably meant to have both halves of the roll) and omitted the avocado and cilantro... I had a bunch of kids here and I avoided the green stuff because I didn't know who was picky. These were a great mid-afternoon, post bike-riding snack for the boys. Like bready tostadas! VERY easy to put together and VERY filling!


review by:
(8 May 2023)

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Fun facts:

Molletes is a popular Mexican dish that originated in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. It is said to have been invented by a famous chef from the area in the 1950s.

The dish has become popular in Mexico and is often served as a breakfast food in Mexican restaurants. It has become so popular that it is now served in restaurants all over the world.