These open-face sandwiches start with split bolillos (i.e. oval Mexican rolls) that are piled with refried beans, cheese, and avocado (good-for-you ingredients to power you through the morning).

tray of open-face sandwiches topped with beans, cheese, avocado, and tomato
Photo: Adam Albright
Total Time:
25 mins
4 open-face sandwiches


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • 1 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped*

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth

  • 2 bolillo rolls, split

  • ½ cup shredded Chihuahua cheese (2 oz.)

  • ¼ cup crumbled Cotija cheese (1 oz.)

  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced

  • ½ cup pico de gallo

  • Cracked black pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan heat oil over medium. Add onion, jalapeño pepper, and garlic; cook 4 to 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in beans and broth. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Mash with a fork until mixture comes together but a few bean pieces remain.

  2. Preheat broiler. Arrange roll halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Broil 4 inches from heat 1 to 2 minutes or until toasted. Spread with mashed beans and sprinkle with both cheeses. Broil 1 to 2 minutes more or until cheeses are melted and starting to brown. Top with avocado, pico de gallo, and black pepper.


Chile peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes. Wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with them.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

384 Calories
17g Fat
43g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 384
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 853mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 14.9mg 75%
Calcium 229mg 18%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 600mg 13%
Folate, total 83.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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