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Mexi Grilled Cheese with Avocado, Pepper Jack, and Refried Beans

Servings 4 sandwiches
Author Phoebe Lapine


  • 8 slices whole grain bread
  • 1 avocado thinly sliced
  • ½ lime
  • 1 cup refried black beans
  • 1/2 pound sliced pepper jack cheese
  • Olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Toss the avocado slices with the lime juice in a small mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the refried beans in a microwave safe bowl until warm, stirring until smooth.
  4. Arrange the bread slices in pairs on a cutting board. Slather each piece of bread with a scant tablespoon of refried beans. Arrange the cheese on half of the of bread, followed by the avocado. Top with the remaining bread, bean-side down.
  5. Heat a large non-stick skillet over a medium flame. Brush the pan with olive oil. Cook the sandwiches in batches until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove the grilled cheeses to a baking sheet.
  6. Bake the sandwiches in the oven until the cheese is very melted, about 3 to 5 minutes more.