Grilled Cheese and Bean Heroes (Molletes)
Grilled Cheese and Bean Heroes (Molletes)
Try this quick and easy Mexican bread recipe by Pati Jinich from Pati's Mexican Table.
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Technique Baking
  • Preparation Time 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time 10 minutes
  • Yield 4 - 6 servings
  • 4 Teleras, Bolillos, Portuguese buns, petite baguettes or large Baguettes, cut into 5- to 6-inch pieces
  • 2 cups refried Beans, homemade or store-bought
  • 2 cups shredded Oaxaca, Mozzarella, Monterrey Jack or mild cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)
  • Traditional tomato pico de gallo salsa, or other salsa of your choice
  • Optional extra toppings: crumbled and fried Mexican-style chorizo, crisp bacon, ham, turkey, sautéed mushrooms or avocado slices
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Slice the bread in half lengthwise. Spread each piece with 3 to 4 tablespoons of refried beans and top with 3 to 4 tablespoons of grated cheese. Arrange the molletes on a baking sheet as you make them. If you want to add more toppings like ham, turkey, bacon or chorizo, sprinkle them on top of the cheese
  2. When they are all assembled, bake until the cheese has melted and the bread has a nice toasted crust on the bottom and around the edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Eat while hot. Serve with pico de gallo, or your favorite salsa, on the side

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