Molletes (Cheesy Mexican Bean Sandwiches)

These hearty open-face sandwiches are ready in no time and can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They're typically made with refried beans; here we use pureed black beans scented with cumin and oregano instead for a similar effect.

Photo: Ali Redmond
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 cup no-salt-added canned black beans, rinsed

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup chopped tomato

  • ½ jalapeño pepper, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 2 (4-inch) white bread rolls, halved

  • Extra-virgin olive oil spray

  • cup shredded cheese, such as Oaxaca, mozzarella, pepper Jack or Cheddar


  1. Preheat broiler. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Combine beans, water, cumin, oregano and salt in a small food processor. Process until thick and smooth, about 1 minute. Set aside.

  3. Stir together tomato, jalapeño, onion, cilantro and lime juice in a medium bowl.

  4. Arrange rolls cut-side up on the prepared baking sheet; coat lightly with olive-oil spray. Broil until lightly golden and crispy, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from oven. Divide the bean mixture among the 4 roll halves, spreading evenly; top with cheese. Broil until the cheese has melted, 30 to 45 seconds. Divide the pico de gallo evenly among the sandwiches.

To make ahead

Refrigerate black bean mixture (Step 2) and pico de gallo (Step 3) in separate airtight containers for up to 2 days.


Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

359 Calories
8g Fat
54g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Serving Size 2 open-face sandwiches
Calories 359
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 18g 36%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Vitamin A 960IU 19%
Vitamin C 20mg 22%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 103mcg 26%
Vitamin K 11mcg 9%
Sodium 729mg 32%
Calcium 231mg 18%
Iron 4mg 22%
Magnesium 88mg 21%
Potassium 596mg 13%
Zinc 2mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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