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Easy Denver Omelet Recipe (Spicy Western Breakfast)

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Start your morning out with this savory Denver omelet! Loaded with diced ham, onions, and peppers, and you can’t forget the cheese. A simple and easy breakfast recipe with eggs to fuel your body.

Denver omelet on a white plate with slices of strawberries and oranges.

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This delicious Denver omelet is very simple to make, and before you know it, you can make restaurant-quality omelets right in the comfort of your own home.

Want more delicious egg recipes to try out?  There are so many ways to serve eggs! One fun example is cloud eggs with cheese and chives, a great option for breakfast. Or go for a deviled egg pasta salad for something a little different.

Looking for more breakfast inspiration? Make some blueberry bagels as part of a breakfast buffet with savory bacon and cheddar scones. Or go healthy with papaya breakfast bowls.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Quick & Easy: Even on a hectic morning, this Denver omelet recipe comes together in minutes, offering a fast, satisfying, hearty breakfast option.
  • Highly Customizable: Feel free to play with the ingredients! Swap out the ham for bacon, or add mushrooms and spinach for a unique twist.
  • Nutritious: This meal is packed with protein from eggs and ham, plus a serving of vegetables, keeping you full and energized.
  • Family Friendly: Loved by adults and kids alike, it’s a versatile recipe that lets everyone choose and add their favorite ingredients.

What Is The Difference Between A Frittata And An Omelet?

While these are both egg-based recipes, the biggest difference is the method of cooking. Omelets are folded and cooked at higher heat, while a frittata is a mixture baked in the oven. Another difference is that an omelet often has a filling, whereas a frittata’s ingredients are mixed in with the eggs.

What’s in This Denver Omelet Recipe?

Ingredients for denver omelet sitting on a white table.
  • Butter: A small dab of butter is used to cook the vegetables and ham, adding a rich flavor and ensuring the eggs don’t stick to the pan.
  • Cooked Ham: The savory ham provides a slightly salty taste and a good dose of protein, making the omelet more filling and satisfying.
  • Onion (White): Adds a mild, slightly sweet flavor when cooked, bringing a depth of flavor to the omelet.
  • Bell Pepper: Both red and green peppers have a crunchy texture and a sweet, slightly tangy flavor that brightens up the dish.
  • Salt and Pepper: Essential seasonings that enhance the ingredients’ natural flavors, making every bite perfectly seasoned.
  • Eggs: The base of the omelet provides a high-quality protein that is fluffy and light, enveloping all of the fillings beautifully.
  • Milk: A dash of milk makes the eggs more tender and adds a slight richness to the omelet.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese: Melts into the omelet, adding a creamy texture and a bold, sharp flavor that ties all the ingredients together.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Meat – Swap the ham with cooked diced bacon, ground sausage, Canadian bacon, or even go meatless.
  • Eggs – I used whole large eggs, but you could easily use egg whites only if you want.
  • Vegetables—Toss in diced mushrooms, garlic, green onions, or other ingredients. Spinach would be a great option.
  • Cheese – Any variety of cheese works for the omelet recipe. Sharp cheddar is tangy, pepper jack offers a kick of spice, and so on.

How To Make A Classic Denver Omelette Recipe (step-by-step directions)

Collage of cooking a Denver omelet.
  1. Add butter to a nonstick skillet on medium heat and allow it to melt. (Photo 1)
  2. Cook the ham for a few minutes until it gets a golden brown sear. (Photo 2)
  3. Add the vegetables to the skillet, cook until they soften, then remove the ham and vegetables from the skillet. (Photo 3)
Collage of assembling ingredients for a Denver omelet.
  1. Put the rest of the butter into the skillet.
  2. Pour the whisked eggs into the skillet and cook according to the instructions provided. (Photo 4)
  3. Once the egg is set and no longer runny, add the cooked ham, vegetables, and cheese on top of the egg mixture.
  4. Continue cooking according to the instructions, and then fold the omelet in half to serve. (Photos 5, 6 & 7)
A plate of omelet with fruits on the side.

Recipe Tips

  • Saute the veggies to soften them. This will bring out the flavor of the vegetables and give them a softer texture. If you don’t saute, the veggies will be raw and crunchy.
  • If you overcook the eggs, they can become a bit rubbery on the outside.
  • To help melt the cheese, place a lid on top of the pan for a minute.

Storing Tips 

If you don’t want to eat all the omelet right away, place it in an airtight container and refrigerate for 2-3 days. Then, reheat it in the microwave when you are ready to eat.

The eggs will change in texture a bit once you reheat them in the microwave.

Omelet stacked on table.

Serving Suggestions

This delightful Denver omelet pairs wonderfully with a variety of sides to create a complete and satisfying meal. For a traditional breakfast, consider serving it alongside warm, buttered toast and a side of crispy hash browns or lemon and dill potatoes and a steaming cup of coffee.

Or, make a delicious breakfast buffet and add your other favorite easy breakfast recipes, such as pumpkin French toast or fresh fruits.

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Recipe FAQs

Can I make the Denver omelet ahead of time?

While it’s best served fresh, you can prepare the ingredients (dice the ham and vegetables) ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator. This way, you can quickly assemble and cook the omelet when you’re ready to eat.

Is there a way to make this Denver omelet recipe healthier?

Yes! For a healthier version, you can use egg whites instead of whole eggs, opt for a low-fat cheese, and increase the amount of vegetables. Using a cooking spray instead of butter can also reduce the overall fat content.

Can I bake this omelet instead of cooking it on the stove?

Yes, you can easily turn this recipe into a baked omelet or frittata. Simply mix all the ingredients together, pour into a greased baking dish, and bake at 375°F (190°C) until the eggs are set. This method is perfect for serving a crowd.

How can I ensure my omelet is fluffy?

The key to a fluffy omelet is in the whisking. Whisk the eggs and milk (or water) vigorously to incorporate air, which helps to make the omelet light and fluffy. Cooking on moderate heat also prevents the omelet from becoming too tough.

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5 from 7 votes

Easy Denver Omelet Recipe (Spicy Western Breakfast)


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Breakfast & Brunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Learn how to make this Easy Denver Omelet Recipe. This omelet recipe is loaded with onions, ham, peppers, and cheese. A must make egg breakfast recipe.

Ingredients 

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • cup (37 ⅔ g) Cooked Ham diced
  • ¼ cup (40 g) Onion Diced White
  • ½ cup (74 ½ g) Bell Pepper Diced Green or any color
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk or water
  • cup (37 ⅔ g) Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

  • Add butter to a nonstick skillet on medium heat and allow it to melt.
    2 Tablespoons Butter
  • Cook the ham for a few minutes until it starts to get a golden brown sear.
    ⅓ cup Cooked Ham
  • Add the vegetables to the skillet, cook until they begin to soften, then remove the ham and vegetables from the skillet.
    ¼ cup Onion,½ cup Bell Pepper
  • Put the rest of the butter into the skillet.
  • Pour the whisked eggs into the skillet and cook according to the instructions provided.
    3 Eggs
  • Once the egg is set and no longer runny, add the cooked ham, vegetables, and cheese on top of the egg mixture.
    ⅓ cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Continue cooking according to the instructions, and then fold the omelet in half to serve.

Notes

  • Saute the veggies to soften them. This will bring out the flavor of the vegetables and give them a softer texture. If you don’t saute, the veggies will be raw and crunchy.
  • If you overcook the eggs, they can become a bit rubbery on the outside.
  • To help melt the cheese, place a lid on top of the pan for a minute.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 Omelet Calories: 644kcal (32%) Carbohydrates: 11g (4%) Protein: 34g (68%) Fat: 52g (80%) Saturated Fat: 27g (169%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Monounsaturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 618mg (206%) Sodium: 1059mg (46%) Potassium: 562mg (16%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 6g (7%) Vitamin A: 4148IU (83%) Vitamin C: 107mg (130%) Calcium: 382mg (38%) Iron: 3mg (17%)

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love omelet. It looks so good with the combination of ham, onion and pepper. Can’t wait to make this today.

  2. 5 stars
    Incredibly tasty omelette! And filling, too. It was a hit for breakfast this morning. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    It’s the perfect combination of savory and spicy, and the flavors are out of this world. Plus, it’s so simple to make. This is definitely going to be a regular in my breakfast rotation!

  4. 5 stars
    Enjoyed this for breakfast this morning and started my day off right! Was quick, easy and delicious; definitely, a new favorite recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    We love a good Western omelet -I think I just figured out what to make for breakfast this weekend!

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