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Denver Omelette

Homemade Ham and Pepper Denver Omelette with Cheddar Cheese

A true classic; the Denver Omelette. Loaded with fresh veggies and diced ham, eggs never tasted so good. Hearty, filling and so easy to prepare you really can’t go wrong with this simple egg dish. 

Why You’ll Love this Omelette With Peppers and Onions

This Denver omelette uses just a few simple ingredients and makes a hearty and satisfying meal out of them. 

Easy to prepare, this Denver omelette is a great breakfast, lunch or light dinner. Leftovers are perfect the next day too. Make a double batch and stash some of these eggs in the fridge for an easy breakfast or lunch a few days later. 

Don’t worry about staying true to the fillings, omelettes are easily customizable so go ahead and use your favorite vegetables or whatever you have available in your fridge. Frozen vegetables are good too if that’s all you have on hand. 

This Denver omelette is perfect to serve at your next weekend brunch. Double or triple the recipe, cut the omelette into portion-sized triangles and place them on a serving platter to display on the buffet table.

Or, send a lunch-sized portion in the kids’ lunchboxes for a filling and satisfying lunch that will keep them energized for the rest of the day. 

Helpful Equipment To Make a Denver Omelette

Denver Omelette Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup grape tomatoes halved
  • 2 whole eggs
  • ¼ cup diced ham

How To Make This Denver Omelette Recipe

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Be careful not to let it burn.

Once the butter has melted add the onion and bell pepper and saute for a few minutes or until they have softened. 

Whisk the eggs in a bowl and then pour the egg mixture over the onion and pepper in the skillet. 

Add the tomatoes and ham and cook for a few minutes. Flip the eggs over like an omelette and cook for a few more minutes until cooked through. Serve hot straight from the pan.

All About the Denver Omelette

The Denver omelette, also known as the Western omelette, contains ham, onions and bell peppers. A few versions of this omelette also include cheese. 

Some historians theorize that the Denver omelette was created by Chinese immigrants who worked the railroads in the western US. Thus they named the omelette after a western US city, Denver. 

Homemade Ham and Pepper Denver Omelette with Cheddar Cheese

Variations

If green bell peppers are not your thing feel free to use a red bell pepper instead. Yellow or orange peppers will also work.  Or leave them out altogether. 

Satisfy the cheese lover in you and sprinkle grated cheddar cheese, mozzarella, swiss or even feta on top of the omelette. You can also add it before you flip the omelette over but I prefer to sprinkle it on top once the omelette is cooked. 

Use chopped bacon instead of ham. Cut the bacon into tiny, bite-sized pieces.

Change up the vegetables and use mushrooms, asparagus, spinach or any of your favorite omelette vegetables. Fresh or frozen vegetables are both good options. 

Enhance the flavor of the omelette with some fresh herbs; basil, rosemary or parsley are all good options. 

Drizzle some sriracha or hot sauce to add a touch of spice or you can sprinkle the omelette with  red pepper flakes. 

Tips and Tricks/Notes

Invest in an omelette-sized frying pan. It really makes a difference in cooking the eggs. 

Make sure to coat the skillet well so the omelette doesn’t stick to the pan. Nothing is worse than an omelette that falls apart. 

Dice the vegetables into small pieces so they can soften fairly quickly. 

How To Store The Denver Omelette.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can also store leftovers in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

FAQs

What is a Denver omelette made of?

A Denver omelette, also known as a Western omelette, is made with ham, onion, bell peppers and sometimes cheese. 

Why do they call it a Denver omelette?

Research tells us the omelette was named after this western US city and that Chinese immigrants were responsible for its invention. These Chinese immigrant men were working on the railroads in the western US and created this particular omelette, it seems, to mask the stale flavor of eggs that were transported by the railroad. 

Is the Denver omelette keto?

Yes, the Denver omelette can be eaten by those following a keto diet as it is low in carbohydrates.‌

Homemade Ham and Pepper Denver Omelette with Cheddar Cheese

Conclusion

This Denver omelette is a classic meal on its own or serve it with a side of crispy hash browns and toast. Ideal for a quick meal at any time of the day or even for a post-workout high-protein snack. Hearty and satisfying, it will keep you full for hours. 

Looking for other breakfast ideas? I’ve got you covered. Try these Vegan Pancakes, this Cherry and Banana Smoothie, or these Cauliflower Cheese Muffins are all great options. 

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Homemade Ham and Pepper Denver Omelette with Cheddar Cheese

Denver Omelette


  • Author: Sam
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

Description

A true classic; the Denver Omelette. Loaded with fresh veggies and diced ham, eggs never tasted so good. Hearty, filling and so easy to prepare you really can’t go wrong with this simple egg dish. 

Looking for other breakfast ideas? I’ve got you covered. Try these Vegan Pancakes, this Cherry and Banana Smoothie, or these Cauliflower Cheese Muffins are all great options.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/4 cup ham, chopped

Instructions

  1. Take a skillet and place it over medium heat
  2. Add butter and wait until the butter melts
  3. Add onion and bell pepper and Sauté for a few minutes
  4. Take a bowl and whip eggs
  5. Add the remaining ingredients and stir
  6. Add Sautéed onion and pepper, stir
  7. Microwave the egg mix for 1 minute
  8. Serve hot!
  • Prep Time: 4
  • Cook Time: 3
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: International

Keywords: Omelette recipe

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