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Washingtonians take brunch very, very seriously -- it's pretty much a religion! We spend Monday-Friday planning for brunch, while Saturdays and/or Sundays are reserved for brunching... and brunching hard! (Image: Ashley Hafstead)
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You can host this chic taco brunch any time of the year

Washingtonians take brunch very, very seriously -- it's pretty much a religion! We spend Monday-Friday planning for brunch, while Saturdays and/or Sundays are reserved for brunching... and brunching hard!

Instead of opting for the same restaurant weekend after weekend, spice things up by hosting your own killer brunch. And instead of serving the typical eggs benny, avo toast and waffles, wow your guests with a build-your-own taco bar! This is especially great for a large crowd -- the more hands-on the food the easier it is for the cook,because you're greatly reduced the amount of plating and serving you need to do.

The best part about tacos is pretty much anything goes, and the more toppings you offer the better. Start with the main filling: an egg bake is super easy and quick. Guests then simply dish up egg, meat and cheese in a single spoonful into their tortilla, and choose whatever toppings want. Of course, you need the topping staples such as cheese and salsa, but don't be afraid to think outside the box for topping options.

Egg Bake Recipe

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 12 eggs
  • 1 lb. ground chorizo
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Cook chorizo in pan, then drain the fat
  3. Mix all ingredients (besides eggs) in a large baking dish
  4. In a bowl, whisk eggs and pour over dish, tossing to combine
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes

Optional Taco Toppers

  1. Pepper Jack Cheese
  2. Bell Pepper
  3. Onion
  4. Heirloom Tomatoes
  5. Black Beans
  6. Bacon
  7. Queso
  8. Cilantro
  9. Jalapeno
  10. Guacamole
  11. Salsa
  12. Pickled Onions
  13. Yellow Rice
  14. Hot Sauce
  15. Sour Cream
  16. Lettuce
  17. Corn
  18. Sliced Avocado
  19. Cotija Cheese

Table Decor

Now that the taco bar menu is set, it is time to focus on making your table look as vibrant and festive as that mouthwatering taco bar!

Textiles

Layer different patterned tablecloths on top of each other and mix and match your napkins for a fun and festive feel. The key to pattern mixing is to stick to a basic color palate such as green, blue, and white. Then mix large patterns with small or medium patterns to avoid a busy look.

Dishes, Silverware and Glassware

Mix and match these as well -- as long as you are staying in the same color palate, this adds a bit of whimsy to your table. And don’t be afraid to mix metals too: copper, silver, and gold work wonderfully together.

Centerpiece

Source your closet. Add colorful beaded necklaces to the center of the table, or grab some colorful bracelets to wrap around a votive candle holder. Bracelets also make great napkin rings. Unexpected textural elements add interest and depth to your table.

Go Green

Add fresh cilantro in jars down the center of the table or grab your house plants and add them as a centerpiece. Living and vibrant green colored plants will warm up any table!

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