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Bolillo Rolls (Mexican Bread Rolls) Recipe

Bolillos are crusty, football-shaped Mexican bread rolls that are perfect for tortas or just about any kind of sandwich, or even to dunk into a soup or stew. This vegan recipe makes the most delicious and perfect bolillos.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Mexican, nut-free, Soy-free, Vegan
Servings: 12 rolls
Calories: 158kcal


  • 2 ¼ teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 - 4 ½ cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vegan butter (at room temperature)


  • Mix the sugar, water and yeast and set aside to froth and bubble, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the butter, salt and 3 cups of flour and mix by hand or in a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook at a low setting.
  • Add more flour, a little at a time, until the dough comes together and is smooth but not sticky. Knead by hand or in a stand mixer on a low setting for 10 minutes. You should have a really soft, smooth, very supple and beautiful ball of dough at the end of it.
  • Spray some oil on the inside of a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl, turning over once to coat the top with some oil.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and place in a warm spot (I put it in a cold oven with the light turned on) for about an hour or until it has doubled.
  • Remove the dough to a platform. Knead briefly, and then divide into 12 equal pieces.
  • Roll each piece between your palms to make an oval, about 4 - 4 ½ inches long, and taper the sides.
  • Place the rolls on a lightly greased baking sheet, at least 3 inches apart. Cover with a kitchen towel and let them rise in a warm spot for 30-45 minutes or until puffy and almost doubled.
  • Using a sharp knife or blade, score the rolls from one tapered end to the other, leaving about 1 cm on either side. Brush the tops with some oil for a pretty golden color.
  • Place the rolls in a preheated 375-degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden. When you tap on the bottom of a roll, it should sound hollow-- that's how you know it's done.
  • Remove to a rack and let them cool a little before eating. These reheat really beautifully.


Serving: 1roll | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.4g | Protein: 4.6g | Fat: 0.8g | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg