Cinco de Mayo is the perfect day to level up your breakfast game with this amazing Tres Leches French Toast. You know the famous tres leches cake – the one made with three kinds of milk? Well I turned this luscious dessert into a breakfast worth celebrating!

Stack of tres leches french toast with cinnamon whipped cream and strawberries.

T-minus one week.

That’s right folks. We are exactly seven days away from one of my FAVORITE food holidays, Cinco de Mayo! Can I get a what-what?

I have a minor obsession with all things Mexican and culinary, from margaritas to sopapillas. You’d think I would have some kind of Hispanic blood running through my veins, but no, I am full on honky.

In the Grier household, we eat at least one Mexican-themed meal a week, possibly two. I keep telling myself I should buy stock in Chipotle because our Thursday nights usually consist of piled high chicken burrito bowls or some version of nachos.

So, what are you doing to celebrate this sassy, tequila-filled holiday? Do you go out? Have a fiesta at home? Since we are starting to show signs of old balls, Mr. B and I will probably stay at home, sip jalapeno margaritas, and whip up some spicy pork tacos

We will, however, be starting the holiday with Tres Leches French Toast! 

French toast sizzling in a pan.

Making Tres Leches French Toast for Cinco de Mayo – or Anytime!

We’ve all heard of tres leches cake. It’s like an angel food cake and it’s made with evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk — the “tres leches” or three milks. 

Eggs, milk, bread and whisk.

I turned this dessert into breakfast and made a Mexican French toast. Using the traditional tres leches ingredients, I combined the three milks with eggs and vanilla. Then I dipped in some fluffy bread and let it sizzle in a hot pan with butter. The result? A rich, flavorful french toast recipe that’s just WAY better than the usual.

Tres leches french toast with cinnamon whipped cream and strawberries.

I top it off with dollops of cinnamon whipped cream and garnish with fresh fruit and cocoa powder. Then pour maple syrup on top. 

Warm, crispy, gooey, and sweet. Could there be anything better? 

tres leches french toast with cinnamon whipped cream

Tres Leches French Toast

Level up breakfast with Tres Leches French Toast. Using three milks – just like the famous cake – this Mexican French toast is delish!
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  • 8 slices brioche bread
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • fresh fruit, garnish
  • cocoa powder, dusting
  • maple syrup

For the whipped cream:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs, whole milk, and vanilla extract.
  • Preheat a non-stick pan to medium-high heat and melt one tablespoon butter.
  • Take a slice of bread and dip it into the milk/egg mixture. Place slice of bread onto the skillet followed by another slice of bread and cook on one side for about 3 minutes. 
  • Flip slices and cook for another 2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan. Repeat process with remaining slices of bread.

For the whipped cream:

  • In a bowl, combine cream and cinnamon. Whip until soft peaks form.
  • Dollop the tres leches french toast slices with whipped cream and garnish with fresh fruit and cocoa powder. Pour syrup over top.
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