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Mexican bolillo arrange on a basket lined with a colorful striped towel with a bowl of butter behind it
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Mexican Bolillo Recipe

Mexican bolillo, these crusty dinner rolls are perfect for making tortas
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword capirotada, pambazos, torta
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 6 large rolls
Calories 260kcal
Author Dora S.


  • 1 pack Active dry yeast (7 g)
  • 3 1/3 cups All-purpose flour (480 g)
  • 1 tsp. Sugar (4 g)
  • 1 tsp. Salt (7 g)
  • 1 cup + 1/3 Hot Water (225 ml)


  • In a small bowl, combine yeast with 1/3 cup warm water, and 2 tbsp of flour. Whisk to combine and let sit for 20 min.
  • In the meantime, combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a mixer bowl and mix on low with the dough hook until combined. Add yeast mixture and continue to mix on low.
  • Add remaining cup of hot water slowly ( the hottest water that comes out of your faucet), and increase speed to medium-low. Continue mixing for 15 minutes or until the dough comes together and is stretchy, but not overly sticky.
  • Place dough in a well-oiled bowl and cover with a towel. Let rest in a warm place for 30 min. to an hour or until it doubles in size. (This will depend on how hot it is where you live.)
  • Place dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into 6 equal pieces.
  • Take each piece and roll with your hands to form an oval shape. Pinch edges to make the characteristic pointy ends of the bolillo.
  • Place on a parchment lined sheet tray ( a perforated sheet tray or baguette pan would be even better). Cover with a towel and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F at least 20 minutes before baking. Place a metal cake pan or pie pan on the bottom rack of the oven.
  • Once the bolillos have doubled in size, and right before placing them in the oven, make a ½ inch deep cut using a razor blade or sharp serrated knife at a 45° angle.
  • Spray bolillos with warm water and place in the oven. Add 1 ½ cups of water to pie pan in oven.
  • Bake 20 - 25 min. or until the bolillos are golden brown and they sound hollow when you tap on them.
  • Remove from oven and let them cool on a wire rack.



A baguette pan or perforated sheet tray would work great with this recipe.
• If you are kneading this by hand knead an additional 5 – 10 minutes or until the dough comes together and is stretchy, but not overly sticky.
• These are best eaten the same day, but if you must save the for the next day keep them in a plastic bag.


Serving: 1roll | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 3mg