Molletes are Mexican open-faced sandwiches made with beans, cheese, salsa, and avocado. It’s simple, easy to make, and highly comforting. Perfect to make when you have leftover beans!

molletes on an authentic mexican plate.


Molletes (pronounced moh-yeh-tehs) are Mexican toasts made with bolillo bread rolls and topped with lots of flavors from homemade refried beans, cheese, and pico de Gallo. I am not sure what part of Mexico they originate from but I can say that I had not heard o them until a year ago. My family is from Purepero, Michoacan which is central-northern Mexico. Molletes are not typical to this area of Mexico so I never got a chance to try them.

molletes on a plate.

Tips and Substitutes:

  • Beans: I highly recommend making your refried beans at home. You can use homemade beans (frijoles de la olla) or canned whole beans. This way you can adjust the flavor/seasonings to your liking. 
  • Bolillo bread rolls: You can find these at any Mexican grocery store or any large grocery store such as Safeway and Lucky. Alternatively, you can buy French bread and slice it to size.
  • Vegetable broth: I like to use Better than Bouillon Vegetable base and mix it with water to create a vegan broth. However, you can use your favorite broth/bouillon!
  • Chile de Arbol: I used this dried chili because it is one of my favorites but you can use any chili pepper of choice or leave it out.
  • Vegan Cheese: I like to use Follow Your Heart for the best melty cheese. However, I also like Miyokos and Chao. You can also make your own vegan mozzarella cheese!
  • Salsa: I like using red salsa for molletes but choose your favorite kind! Some really like Salsa Verde and I don’t blame them 😉
molletes open faced mexican sandwiches with beans and cheese.

Molletes Cooking methods: 

  • Stove top: Use a griddle to toast/fry the bolillo rolls and cheese. I’ve grilled the cheese directly on the pan before to melt it and then put it on top of the beans without having to use the oven or air fryer. 
  • Oven/Airfryer: Prep your molletes with butter/mayo, beans, and cheese. Bake at 375 F for 7-12 minutes depending on how crispy you want them and how strong your oven is.

More Delicious Mexican Breakfasts:

Chilaquiles Rojos

Chilaquiles Verdes

Mexican Potato Tacos

Breakfast Burritos

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molletes on an authentic mexican plate.


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  • Author: Anna Rios
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Molletes are Mexican open-faced sandwiches made with beans, cheese, salsa, and avocado. It’s simple, easy to make, and highly comforting. Perfect to make when you have leftover beans!


  • 4 bolillo bread rolls (see blog), sliced in half
  • 2 cup cooked beans
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 Chile de arbol (optional)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp butter or vegan mayo
  • Salt to taste


  • Avocado
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Vegan Cheese
  • Salsa of Choice


  1. Add oil to a pan and once it’s hot, add onions. Cook for about 5 minutes and then add a few splashes of vegetable broth to deglaze.
  2. Next, add cooked beans to the pan and chile de arbol along with the rest of the vegetable broth and salt to taste. Turn heat to high until broth is boiling, then reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for at least 8 minutes.
  3. Once it has simmered, mash beans or blend them in a blender. I prefer to blend them to get a creamy texture that spreads easily.
  4. Turn a griddle on medium heat. Spread butter or vegan mayo on each half of bolillo bread and place on griddle to fry for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  5. Flip the bolillo and toast it on the other side for another 3-4 minutes.
  6. Once all bread/bolillos are toasted, add a generous serving of refried beans and spread it evenly. Next, add cheese and melt (I used the air fryer or pan, see above). Next, add avocado slices, pico de Gallo, and salsa. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1 mollete

3 thoughts on “Molletes

  1. Erica says:

    I’ve never had molletes until I made this recipe and wow it’s like a Mexican toast with much more flavor and texture. Making these my breakfast almost daily now!

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