15 Mexican Breakfast Recipes for Cinco de Mayo and Beyond

Huevos Rancheros

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Start celebrating Cinco de Mayo first thing in the morning with one of these delicious Mexican-inspired breakfast recipes—or make them any time you want to spice things up. They range from sweet breakfast breads to spicy bakes and hit all of the comfort foods along the way. It'll feel like a party whenever you serve up these special dishes.

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    Classic Breakfast Burrito

    Easy Breakfast Burrito

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    Easy, delicious, and hearty enough to hold you over until a late lunch, the classic Tex-Mex breakfast burrito is a fan-favorite for a reason. They're versatile so you can make them your own: Start with fluffy scrambled eggs and cheese, add crumbled chorizo, chopped red and green bell peppers, crumbled bacon, or refried or black beans. Serve with hot sauce for an extra hit of spice.

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    Huevos Rancheros

    Huevos Rancheros

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    Easy and delicious huevos rancheros, or rancher's eggs, were originally a filling breakfast for those working on the range. Today, they're a great weekend breakfast or brunch option for anyone. Start with this basic recipe, using slightly cooked corn tortillas, fried eggs, and salsa, and then grow from there with your own tasty variations. This recipe calls for homemade salsa ranchera, but you can use a bottled version, too.

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    Classic Pan Dulce

    Pan dulce recipe

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    Pan dulce, or Mexican sweet bread, is a traditional breakfast or snack bread that's great with coffee and a generous spread of butter. This recipe results in delightful buns that you can grab and go or serve warm as part of a special breakfast or brunch. They're best the day they're made, but they also freeze well if tightly wrapped.

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    Mexican Quiche

    mexican quiche

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    Spice up your breakfast with this tasty and customizable Mexican quiche. Stuffed with peppers, onions, diced green chiles, and taco spices, it tastes like a taco bar jumped into your pie crust. Use a prepared crust to make it quick and simple, or whip up your own if you prefer. It's perfect for a potluck, brunch, or a light lunch.

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    Breakfast Enchiladas

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    Eggs and enchiladas were always meant to be together. Just roll up soft scrambled eggs, chorizo, onions, cheese, and hash browns and cover them in creamy enchilada sauce for a baked dish that will have everyone clamoring for more. Make it up to two days ahead and store it tightly wrapped in the fridge to make the morning even easier.

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    Freezer Breakfast Burritos

    Chipotle Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Burrito

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    Got a busy morning on your hands? Make a double, triple, or even quadruple batch of these easy and tasty egg, chipotle pepper, and bacon breakfast burritos and freeze them. Just pop one in the microwave when you need a quick breakfast, and you're good to go. They're also great for work lunches.

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    Customizable Breakfast Quesadillas

    Breakfast Quesadillas

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    It doesn't get much easier or more satisfying than the classic quesadilla, which is just as great for breakfast as lunch or dinner. Start with large tortillas and scrambled eggs, then add each family member's favorite fillings. Try them with chorizo, pulled pork, guacamole, salsa, black beans, chopped bell peppers, spinach—the only limit is your imagination. Try these for a fun, customizable breakfast that will satisfy the whole clan.

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    Champurrado Drink

    Champurrado Drink

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    Swap out your usual coffee or tea for this special-occasion hot chocolate drink called champurrado. Anise gives it a lightly spiced note, while sweet piloncillo makes it distinctly Mexican. It's perfect on a chilly morning, or anytime you want a sweet treat.

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    Traditional Mexican Buñuelos


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    Start your Cinco de Mayo with a special treat and make these traditional Mexican Buñuelos. This round, fluffy version is similar to beignets, but they can also be made flat like American elephant ears. Try them plain, dusted with powdered sugar, or with piloncillo syrup.

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    Breakfast Migas

    Breakfast Migas

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    If you need to clean out the fridge, look no further than these breakfast migas. While this recipe calls for fresh tortillas, you can also crumble tortilla chips—a perfect way to use up those at the bottom of the bag. Add additional veggies to the bell peppers in this recipe for extra nutrition, or swap the salsa verde with salsa roja or another spicy sauce to top it all off.

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    Salsa Verde Chilaquiles

    Salsa Verde Chilaquiles

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    Salty, crunchy, and saucy, these salsa verde chilaquiles are the perfect brunch for Cinco de Mayo, or the morning after. The slightly greasy, messy platter is just what the doctor ordered. Don't skimp on the chips, either—frying up your own gives them the perfect texture to stand up to the eggs and cheese. If you use store-bought chips, get thicker ones for that crunchy-creamy texture.

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    Sweet Corn Griddle Cakes

    Gorditas de la Villa

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    Travel through Mexico, and you'll see Gorditas de la Villa served from street carts as a warm, slightly sweet snack that's also great for breakfast. Serve them with dulce de leche, jam, or all by themselves. They're also perfect as an afternoon snack, especially with a cup of Mexican hot chocolate.

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    Baked Avocado Eggs

    Baked Avocado Eggs (With Variations)

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    Sick of avocado toast? Go for baked avocado eggs instead, for a filling, protein-packed variation. Just halve and pit an avocado, crack an egg into each, and bake for the basic version. Add bacon, sausage, salsa, cheese, or whatever other ingredients strike your fancy. We've included a few suggestions to get you started.

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    Mexican Fruit Salad

    Gazpacho moreliano

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    Try this light and delicious gazpacho fruit salad, which originates in the city of Morelia. It's nothing like the tomato-based gazpacho we're used to and includes a surprise ingredient: onion. Finely chopped onion adds a lovely acidic element that balances out the sweet fruit.

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    Traditional Rosca de Reyes

    Rosca de Reyes relleno de chocolate y nuez

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    This sweet. circular Rosca de Reyes, or Three Kings Bread, is made for the Epiphany holiday. But it's great as a light breakfast or part of a brunch spread anytime. If you're celebrating, bake a little Jesus figurine right into the dough. The person who finds it traditionally has to bring the tamales the next day, but don't worry—we won't hold you to it.