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Josephinas, also known as Chile Cheese toast, are slices of bread topped with a buttery, cheesy green chile mixture. The slices are broiled until the bread is toasty and crisp and the cheese is melted and golden brown. 

Josephinas are a fun party appetizer that will be a crowd favorite! If your guests haven’t had it before, they’ll be begging for the recipe! Be sure to try my Spinach Artichoke Dip next!

Small pieces of toasted bread with cheese and green chiles.
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Why I Love This Recipe

Josephinas aren’t a super common appetizer, which is why I love them so! They are cheese and creamy in the middle and crispy all around the edges. I love making this appetizer for any occasion because it’s truly simple and so delicious.

The crispy crust with the creamy cheese, slightly spicy, spread is undeniably delicious and someone is always asking for the recipe!

Ingredients For Josephinas

  • Unsalted Butter – You can use salted butter instead and just reduce the added salt.
  • Mayonnaise – You can use regular mayo or substitute low fat mayo.
  • Minced Garlic – Fresh minced is best, but you can also use the pre-minced garlic in a jar.
  • Kosher Salt
  • Monterey Jack Cheese – Buy a block and grate it by hand.
  • Canned Green Chiles
  • French Baguette Loaf – You want a baguette that is soft.

How To Make Josephinas

See the recipe card below for full, detailed instructions

butter, mayo, mixed together, then shredded cheese and green chiles added. All in a small bowl.
cheese mixture after chilling in the fridge

Butter Mixture – Combine softened butter, mayo, garlic and salt with a hand mixer. Fold in cheese and green chiles, the chill the mixture in the fridge.

Sliced baguette on a baking sheet with butter and cheese mixture spread over each slice.

The Bread – Slice the baguette using a serrated knife into 1/2-inch slices. Arrange on a baking sheet. Spread the butter mixture from edge to edge all over the bread.

Prepare the Oven – Turn on the broiler and place the top rack about 4 inches from the heat source.

Toasted Josephinas on a baking sheet.

Broil – Place the pan in the oven and broil until the tops are browned and bubbly. Be sure to watch closely so they don’t burn. 

Serve – Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe FAQs

Can Josephinas toast be prepped in advance?

You can assemble the Josephinas and store in the fridge for up to 1 day before broiling. Or you can just prepare the butter mixture the day before and store in the fridge (this is my preferred method so the bread doesn’t dry out).

Where did Josephinas come from?

It is said that the original recipe for Josephinas was published in a newspaper in a small Kansas town years ago and has been a Midwestern favorite ever since.

Do you drain canned green chiles?

When using canned green chiles for this cheesy toast recipe, it’s best to drain them to get rid of the excess liquid. For other recipes, like this Instant Pot Chili then you’ll leave the can undrained.


These toasts are best enjoyed right after making! If you do have leftovers, they can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. I recommend reheating in the oven until warmed.

Pro Tips

  • Room Temperature – Before mixing up the butter mixture, make sure you soften the butter at room temperature so it mixes easily with the other ingredients.
  • Broil Carefully – Whenever you’re using the broiler it’s important to not take your eyes off of it! Foods can go from perfectly done to burnt in seconds.
  • Rotate Sheet Pan – It’s important to rotate your sheet pan halfway through broiling so the bread slices get evenly toasted.
  • Cut Even Slices – When slicing the bread, cut each piece evenly so they will all cook at the same rate.

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5 from 2 votes
Josephinas, aka Chile Cheese toast, are slices of bread topped with a cheesy green chile mixture, then broiled until toasty and melty.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces block of Monterey Jack cheese freshly grated
  • 8 ounces canned green chiles drained
  • 1 loaf of French baguette
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  • In a medium bowl, combine the butter, mayonnaise, garlic and salt together with a hand mixer. Fold in the cheese and the green chiles. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  • Slice the baguette into ½-inch thick slices and arrange on a foil lined baking sheet.
  • Turn on the broiler in your oven and place the top rack about 4-inches from the heat source. Place a heaping scoop of the butter mixture onto each slice of bread, spreading all the way to the edges.
  • Broil for 4-6 minutes, rotating the pan 180-degrees about halfway through, until the tops are nicely browned and bubbly. Watch closely to ensure the toasts don’t burn.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 197kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 4gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 343mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 389IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 106mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Deborah says:

    Love the flavors in this recipe, especially the cheese and chilies which I have never tried before.
    Am anxious to try this, Will make this this week. I know we are gong to love it!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you Deborah! Great feedback.