Making molletes has never been easier! A classic recipe for breakfast or for an afternoon snack, this authentic recipe for Mexican molletes pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or cafe con leche. You can add some variety of toppings to the molletes with salsas, cheese, and different protein choices.
One of the many things I often miss from my hometown is the cafeteria-style restaurants we call “cafes”. It's a place where you can sit literally for hours and hours with your friends over a cup of coffee. You can spend a really good time with your friends, family, or classmates like I used to do in my old school days.
So much so, a popular phrase in Latin America is: “Todo se arregla con un café”, which means everything can be fixed over a cup of coffee!
One of my favorite snacks I enjoyed eating with my cafe con leche was molletes. I usually ate it for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack with my friends while working on a school project.
My hometown has a historic downtown where some of the old Café’s from my school days are still open after many years of serving the local community. After my recent trip back home and being able to visit a cafe for a quick coffee date with some friends, I was really craving some molettes at home.
So, I decided to recreate the recipe myself and add all of my favorite toppings to make a delicious authentic mollete!
Frequently Asked Questions About Mexican Molletes
Before I share my recipe, here are a few questions I've been asked and I wanted to answer.
What kind of bread works best for molletes?
Whenever I make this snack, I like to use homemade bolillos rolls, but french bread is a good substitution.
Do I have to use refried black beans?
No, you can use any type of refried beans you like. Sometimes, I'll swap out the black beans for refried pinto beans. Although, black beans are more common for Molletes.
Is there a sweet version of the recipe?
Yes, there is! This recipe is called molletes dulces. It's still made with bread rolls and butter but, instead of savory toppings like refried beans, it had a layer of white sugar and a dash of cinnamon.
Authentic Molletes Recipe
Here is a list of ingredients you will need to make this recipe for Mexican molletes at home...
- Shredded cheese
- Pico de gallo salsa
Please note: For exact measurements of the ingredients listed above, scroll down to the recipe card located at the bottom of this post!
How To Make Mexican Molletes: Step By Step Tutorial
To make things easier for you, I am going to break down the directions to this recipe into sections.
Toast The Bread
- Preheat your broiler in the oven.
- Cut the crusty bread rolls in half lengthwise.
- Using a spoon, remove some of the inside crumbs.
- Spread the softened butter over the bread and place them on the baking sheet.
- Broil for about 4 to 5 minutes until they are golden and toasted.
Add The Toppings And Serve!
- Remove from the baking sheet and spread the warm refried beans on the bread.
- Top the bread rolls with your preferred toppings and serve.
What To Serve With Refried Bean Molletes
I also like to add shredded cheese over the top and place it back into the broiler until the cheese has melted. I usually use Oaxaca cheese or grated Muenster cheese.
For some added protein, I like to add a few crumbles of homemade Mexican chorizo.
More Authentic Mexican Recipes To Enjoy
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- 2 Crusty rolls, bolillos or French bread cut in 6 inch length sections each.
- 2 Tablespoons butter softened
- ½ cup warm refried beans
- ¾ cup shredded Oaxaca Cheese or grated Muenster cheese* See notes for substitutes
- ½ cup of Pico de Gallo Salsa**
- Optional: 1 Crumble cooked chorizo
- Preheat your broiler. Cut the bread in half lengthwise. Remove some of the inside crumbs. Spread the bread with the softened butter and place on the baking sheet. Broil for about 4 to 5 minutes until they are golden and crispy. You can also toast the bread directly on a griddle at medium heat.
- Remove from the baking sheet and spread the refried beans on the bread.
- Top the bread rolls with the cheese. (Add the cooked crumbled chorizo if using now). Place back into the broiler until the cheese has melted. About 5 minutes. Serve with the Pico de Gallo Salsa or the salsa of your choice.