This classic Denver Omelet recipe is a favorite at my local diner and loaded with ham, peppers, and cheese!

Stay in your jammies, sip your coffee, and serve this tasty breakfast omelet with a side of oven-baked bacon and a helping of fresh fruit salad.

close up of a Denver Omelette

This is an easy breakfast filled with veggies and cheese!

What is a Denver Omelet?

There isn’t much difference between a Denver omelet vs a western omelette; they are basically one and the same! If you order one at a restaurant, the terms are almost interchangeable, but most restaurants offer many variations on the fillings.

The fillings in this recipe include bell peppers, ham, and onions (and of course cheese)!

Omelets are so easy to make and so versatile! You can add any and all veggies and meats you like!

ingredients to make Denver Omelette


This recipe uses 3 large eggs for 1 omelet. If you want a slightly smaller omelet, use 2 eggs instead (or just egg whites if you’re watching calories)!

Diced ham, onion, red, and green bell peppers are all added but the sky is the limit! Try adding mushrooms, bacon, tomatoes, or even spinach if you have some on hand!

Sharp cheddar is best as it has great flavor.

Denver Omelette cooking in a pan on the stovetop

How to Make a Denver Omelet

These really are a super easy breakfast dish to make!

  1. Beat eggs, milk, salt & pepper with a fork. Set aside.
  2. Cook onion, ham, and peppers in a skillet until slightly softened.
  3. Add egg mixture to frying pan and let it cook for a  minute. Use a spatula to lift the edges of the omelet and allow the uncooked egg to run underneath.
  4. Once the eggs are almost set, add cheese and cover. Cook until cheese is melted and eggs are set.
  5. Fold in half and serve warm.

top view of cut Denver Omelette

Can an Omelette Be Reheated?

Cooked egg dishes can easily be reheated.

  • For microwave, place omelet on a plate and cover with a paper towel or microwave cover. Microwave for 1-2 minutes until heated through.
  • For stovetop, place the portion in a small pan and add a little water. Heat, covered, until the omelette has absorbed the steam and is fluffy again.

What to Serve with a Denver Omelet

Like any breakfast entrees, omelets go great with toast or muffins and butter or jam and jelly. Seasonal fruit and a glass of juice, a cup of coffee, and let the weekend begin!

Enjoy Eggs for Breakfast!

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Denver Omelet

With this easy recipe, breakfast or brunch for a crowd will be so easy to cook!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 omelette
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  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons white onion diced
  • 1 ounce ham diced
  • 2 tablespoons green bell pepper diced
  • 2 tablespoons red bell pepper diced
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded


  • Beat eggs, milk and salt & pepper with a fork. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in a 6” skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until slightly softened about 3 minutes.
  • Add ham and peppers. Cook an additional 3-5 minute or until peppers are tender.
  • Turn heat to medium-low and add egg mixture. Allow to cook about 2 minutes.
  • Run the spatula along the edges of the egg mixture while lifting the pan to allow raw egg to run underneath the cooked eggs.
  • Once the eggs are almost set, add cheese and cover. Cook until top is set and cheese is melted, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Fold in half and serve.
5 from 16 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 664 | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 741mg | Sodium: 1038mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2486IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 521mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
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  1. This is such a good omelet and the method is outlined perfectly. Only thing the outside of my omelet is too brown so watch how high you set your temperature. Still was amazing! Thank you!!

  2. For the sake of novice cooks, I don’t find where the recipe adds the veggies to the omelet. Since I’ve been cooking for around 60 years and have made many omelets, it wasn’t a problem for me, but just in case…5 stars

  3. Easy n nutritious, green red yellow pepps n onion, maybe mushrooms olives but i like bacon crumbles, sausage n ham too, I’ve done filet mignon slices too n reg American cheese melt over it all, 3 toasts n coffee makes 1st class breakfast imo

  4. Made this Omelet with left-over Easter ham. This was easy to make and so so delicious. I live adding the cheese at the end, which made it so cheesy – just the way we like it. This recipe deserves the five-star rating. It will always be my go-to recipe. Yum!!5 stars

  5. 5*s from me, since this has always been my favorite. It’s the only one I ever make. My family loves it too, including the kiddoes. Thanks for posting this.5 stars