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Pati Jinich Molletes

Grilled Cheese and Bean HeroesMolletes

Serves: 4 to 6

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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

To Prepare

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.

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.



Thank you for all your recipes. The ABC soup was wonderful. I now have a new favorite soup. Do you have a cookbook? Your wonderful.

Hi Diane, thank you for your message and for trying the soup! Yes, I have a cookbook, more info here:

Hello Pati, I just wanted to say I’m excited to try your delicious snack. What better place to try it out then Super Bowl Sunday! Thanks again. Your show and food are great.

Gracias Melissa!!

Pati, Buenos dias. I absolutely adore when you cook with your boys, especially JuJu. And the JuJu show is out of this world. We are missing your husband. Will you please cook with him, we would love to see your interaction with him or even the whole family. I can’t wait to make the alphabet soup and the Molletes, my husband loves beans so I will have to make this for him. Keep up the good work, muchas gracias.

Hola Tanya, Thank you so much for your comments! Keep watching…I have one with my husband.

Hola Pati! Thank you for the wonderful recipes. I modified the Alphabet sopa by adding chicken. My family loved it! Your personality really comes through on your show and it’s so very welcoming!

Correct email addy

Pati, me fascina to programa!! Me gustaria ser tu vecina! :) I do have a question, however. I’m curious about why you translate the names of the dishes to English instead of leaving them with their Spanish names or a reference to both. I love that your introducing so many in the world to our culture. Shouldn’t that include the language when related to the food?

Yes! I include their names in Spanish and English, whenever I can.

Hi Pati, I cannot begin to tell you how much I love your show. I just watched the episode with your three favorite boys and it is by far my most favorite. I can’t wait to make all the dishes in that episode especially the cheesecake. I’ve never had Mexican cheesecake before. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes.

Thank you for watching Lesa, and thank you for trying the recipes.

Me encanta el programa. Me trae muchos recuerdos de mi estancia en Cuernavaca, México, donde viví por casi dos años. Espero poder cocinar muy bien alún día.

I love the program. It brings back a lot of memories of my time in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where I lived for almost two years. I hope to able to cook very well one day.

Of course you will and of course you can!

Hi Pati, I justed watched the episode with you and your three boys, I can’t wait to cook the recipes especially the mexican cheesecake! All of your boys are handsome, JuJu is a little cutie! I see a future chef in him! I am aTex-Mex Latina, I always watch your show for authentic mexican recipes!! Sus recetas miren tan sabrosas! I will be purchasing your cookbook!

Gracias Lydia!!! For watching the show and getting the cookbook! I will pass on what you said to Juju…. :)

I wonder if we can make this into a Mexican style Philly cheese.At fist glance that’s what I thought it was!looks delicious

Of course you can!

In Mexico we call this Molletes.

Yes, Molletes!

I made these appetizers with mini bagels and monterrey jack cheese. I also smashed my own black beans for the refried bean part of it. Delicious

Great idea, Tammy!

I love refried beans. I’m cooking pintos now for refried beans and I’m going to make homemade Bahn mi especially for this recipe. My nearly 4 yr. old doesn’t like refried beans on store-bought flour tortillas, but I think he would really enjoy them this way. Thank you.

Los molletes son de lo mejor! Por pura curiosidad, porque les llamaron “Heroes” en ingles? No entiendo, jaja.

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