Anytime's a Good Time for a Cinco de Mayo Brunch

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Who says your Cinco de Mayo party has to happen at night or on a Tuesday? Break out your most colorful dinnerware and shake things up this year with a Mexican-inspired brunch any day (or time of day) that you feel like having a fiesta.

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Verde Chilaquiles

brunch casserole

What's more perfect for brunch than a dish that got its start as a creative way to use up leftovers? Chilaquiles [chee-lah-KEE-lehs] typically consist of corn tortillas topped with chiles, cheese, and chorizo. But the possibilities are endless! We topped ours with chicken, eggs, radishes, and avocado.

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DIY Pom-Pom Garland

felt ball garland

All you need
Kitchen twine, Sharp large-eye needle, 2.5-cm or 1-inch felt balls in desired colors [We bought ours on Etsy.]

All you Do

  1. Cut kitchen twine to desired length, thread through a needle, and tie a knot on one end.
  2. Push the needle through a felt ball and slide ball to end of string; repeat until desired number of balls have been strung. Tie a knot on the other end of twine and space balls as desired. [For a garland 8 feet in length, we used 20 balls spaced approximately 4 inches apart.]
  3. Tie a loop at each end and hang from small nails, or simply affix to a wall using paint-safe tape.
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Iced Horchata Coffee

iced coffee

For a Mexican take on iced coffee, and cold brew to horchata [hor-CHA-tah]. The milky rice beverage is made by blending and soaking rice and nuts in water, straining, and then sweetening. For a kid-friendly decaf version, omit the cold brew.

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Smoky Grapefruit Paloma Cocktail

grapefruit cocktail

Give traditional Paloma a smoky spin by grilling limes and grapefruits. For even more smoky flavor, use mezcal instead of the typical tequila. This drink can be assembled and chilled about an hour ahead of time. Add ice and club soda just before serving.

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Air Fryer Churros

churros on serving plate

Churros [CHOOR-rohs] are a deep-fried Mexican treat. This air-fried version keeps the sweet-cinnamon flavors of a traditional recipe but with far less far. You can make these before guests arrive and keep warm in a 200 degree F oven.

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Jicama and Tropical Fruit Salad

fruit bowl

Crisp, crunchy jicama [HEE-kah-mah] teams up with juicy mango, pineapple, and kiwi -- all drenched with lime juice, honey, and mint.

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West Elm Fluted Acrylic Highballs

stacked pink cups

Add minimalist-modern flair to the party with these unbreakable glasses. Choose from three colors, including pink grapefruit (pictured).Their stackable design allows for streamlined storage when the party's over.

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Fiestaware Rectangular Baker

brunch casserole

Add a pop of cheery color with this ceramic 9x13-inch dish. It's dishwasher- and oven-safe, making it ideal for saucy chilaquiles. Choose from 13 party-ready colors, including lemongrass (pictured).

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State of Home Cooking

State of Home Cooking

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This article originally appeared in the April/May 2020 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.

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