Huevos con jamon or Mexican eggs with ham is a classic Mexican breakfast. It’s quick and easy to make, inexpensive and loaded with protein – you’ll love this healthier veganized version.
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What is Huevos con Jamon
Huevos con jamon in English means eggs with ham.
This traditional Mexican breakfast dish features scrambled huevos (eggs) with jamon (ham) and can be made in a variety of ways.
For vegan eaters, huevo con jamon can still be enjoyed as there are plenty of delicious vegan substitutes for both eggs and ham.
This vegan huevo con jamón recipe is just as flavorful as the original, so don’t hesitate to give it a try! It truly makes for an easy yet satisfying meal any day of the week.
This is a traditional and easy Mexican breakfast dish that can be on the table in no time. It’s a high protein meal so it’ll keep you full and energized until lunchtime.
As you may have guessed, this Mexican dish consists of just 2 basic ingredients: ham and eggs.
The oil or butter is heated, eggs are scrambled and chopped ham is mixed in, and that’s pretty much it.
I love this recipe because it’s perfect for busy mornings and it always leaves me feeling full.
More Mexican Breakfast Egg Recipes
- Tofu Huevos a la Mexicana
- Mexican Migas Made Vegan
- Huevos con Salchicha
- Huevos con Nopales
- Best Vegan Omelette
- Ejotes con Huevo
- Chorizo con Huevos | Huevos con Chorizo
- How to Make Nopales con Huevo
- Breakfast Tamales
Vegetarian Huevos con Jamón
The traditional Mexican ham and scrambled eggs is made using regular eggs and pork ham.
To make a vegetarian version use regular eggs but substitute the pork ham with your favorite vegan ham.
You’ll want to use 2 large eggs per person and about 1/4 cup of chopped vegan ham per person. Depending on your vegan ham that can be 1 or 2 slices.
Vegan Huevos con Jamón
Some traditional Mexican breakfasts are so easy to veganize, this recipe is one of them.
For starters meat-based ham can easily be replaced with vegan ham. There are tons of options nowadays. Use your favorite brand.
Regular eggs, for cooking, can be replaced with so many different vegan egg options.
Depending on where you live (or if you order from Amazon), you can find tofu, Just Egg, or different vegan egg powders to replace regular eggs with.
Today we’ll be using tofu or “tofu eggs” for this recipe.
The list of ingredients for this vegan huevos con jamon couldn’t be shorter.
- silken tofu: as the egg substitute
- turmeric powder
- black salt or kala namak
- vegan ham
- olive oil or vegan butter
Turmeric powder is used very sparingly to add the golden color that traditional scrambled eggs have. It adds very little taste, and remember that a little goes a long way.
Black salt or kala namak is a black rock Himalayan salt used in vegan cooking to give dishes an “eggy” taste and smell. This too, a little goes a long way.
You can purchase black salt at grocery stores or on Amazon. If you don’t have any you can simply omit it and add a little bit of salt to the tofu.
This recipe is pretty straightforward, but there are a few variations you could try.
Some people like to also use chopped white onion. You’d sauté it first until soft then add the egg or vegan egg and proceed. You could also add some minced garlic at the same time.
To give the eggs a spicy touch you could add some chopped jalapeño or serrano chiles. You’d sauté them with the onion too.
I’m using tofu egg for this recipe but you could also use Just Eggs to make the vegan egg scramble.
How to Make Huevo con Jamon
You need such little effort to make this delicious and easy Mexican breakfast. See the notes below if you want to use regular eggs instead of tofu eggs.
• Drain the silken tofu then crumble it up using a fork. Measure out the amount needed.
• Heat the olive oil or vegan butter in a pan. Once warm add the crumbled tofu and spread it around.
• Sprinkle in the black salt and the turmeric powder. Stir until well combined.
• Sauté the seasoned tofu for about 8 minutes. To allow some moisture to dissipate.
• Add the chopped vegan ham and stir until well combined. Cook for a few more minutes to warm up the ham.
• Serve with sliced avocado and tomatoes, some warm corn or flour tortillas, refried beans if desired.
Is This Dish Spicy
No it’s not, but you can add either jalapeno pepper to make it a bit spicy. Or drizzle your favorite salsa over the dish for a touch of heat.
Can I Add Cheese
Yes you can! It’ll give the dish another delicious taste. You can use vegan cheese or dairy cheese. Or I also will occasionally use nutritional yeast.
What Vegan Egg Can I Use
You can use either silken tofu or Just Egg to make the vegan scrambled egg.
Do I Have to Use The Black Salt
No you don’t. It gives the tofu an “eggy” taste and smell but you can omit it.
How to Serve
If you’d rather have it like a torta you can serve inside of a hollowed out bolillo. You could spread refried beans before filling with the egg mixture.
How to Store
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
If using regular eggs then consume within a couple of days. If you used tofu it’ll keep fresh for about 4 days.
I wouldn’t recommend freeze because it’ll drastically change the texture of the tofu.
How to Reheat
Reheat any leftovers in a microwave safe dish for about 20 seconds. On the stovetop use a nonstick pan and heat for about 5 minutes or until warm.
Easy Huevos con Jamon (Mexican Ham and Eggs) Made Vegan
- Drain the silken tofu then crumble it up using a fork. Measure out the amount needed.
- Heat the olive oil or vegan butter in a pan. Once warm add the crumbled tofu and spread it around.
- Sprinkle in the black salt and the turmeric powder. Stir until well combined. Sauté the seasoned tofu for about 8 minutes. To allow some moisture to evaporate.
- Add the chopped vegan ham and stir until well combined. Cook for a few more minutes to warm up the ham.
- Serve with sliced avocado and tomatoes, some warm corn or flour tortillas, refried beans if desired.
Nancy Lopez is a food blogger and author of the cookbook Mexican Tamales Made Meatless. Born in Mexico, raised in the US, and currently living in Southern Mexico, she has followed a meatless diet for almost 10 years. It is her passion and mission to share all she has learned about vegan Mexican cooking and vegetarian Mexican recipes. Mexican Made Meatless is a blog dedicated to preserving the authentic flavors of Mexican cuisine just without the meat. It’s a place to celebrate Mexican culture and all it’s delightfully delicious traditional foods. Read more…