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Cheesy Mexican Potatoes Recipe

These cheesy Mexican potatoes with ham are one of our most requested breakfast recipes. They’re great on their own or served as a delicious Mexican potato side dish to eggs or pancakes. Next, you’ll have to check out papas a la Mexicana.

Cheesy Mexican potatoes with ham on a white plate.

These cheesy Mexican potatoes are also known as papas con jamón y queso. Which translates to potatoes with ham and cheese.

There are many versions of this dish and in our opinion ours is the best way! It can be easily adapted to what you like and what you have in your kitchen at the moment. So there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give them a try!

Ingredients needed for these Mexican style potatoes

These cheesy Mexican potatoes or papas con jamón y queso are super easy to make. You only need a few ingredients and here are the key ones:

Potatoes

Potatoes are a staple in our kitchen. We use them in a variety of recipes including Mexican steak and potatoes as well as potato taquitos. We’re using Yukon Gold potatoes for our dish. There’s no need to parboil the potatoes because they’ll cook up nicely in our skillet with a little oil. You can also choose to leave the skin on just make sure to clean your potatoes well and pat them dry before sauteing.

Chopped Ham

We like to keep ham available in our house because we use it quite frequently. You can do so many things with ham besides your typical torta de jamón (ham sandwich). Some great ways to use ham include Mexican pasta salad with ham, huevos con jamón and Mexican white spaghetti. While our potatoes provide carbs to our meal, chopped ham will add flavor and protein. The chopped ham adds a layer of richness to our dish since the ham is extremely savory with a slight sweetness to it. If you don’t have ham, any kind of leftover deli meat or bacon will be a good swap for this recipe. Cheesy bacon potatoes are also really yummy! You can also try using cooked chorizo. But definitely make sure you add one of these because it will provide that flavor-punch.

Mozzarella Cheese

We like to use mozzarella in our cheesy Mexican potatoes for its mild flavor and super melty powers. We like to use pre-shredded mozzarella. We use it in many dishes including molletes, quesadillas and rajas.

Serrano Pepper

Typical in Mexican cuisine, serrano peppers will add that fiery heat to our potatoes. Serrano peppers are similar in taste to jalapeños but on the Scoville scale, they’re up to five times spicier. We only use one serrano pepper in this recipe and don’t find it overwhelmingly spicy. However if you are sensitive to spicy foods you can always reduce the amount of serrano or you could even replace it with a jalapeño. Another option is to completely omit the spicy green peppers from this recipe entirely.

Seasoning and Aromatics

We’ll let the simple flavors of the potatoes shine in the dish. The ham will lend our savory flavors while our aromatics – granulated garlic and onions will deepen it. Salt, pepper and olive oil will all play a part by adding a subtle taste that will surely make you want more.

How to make cheesy Mexican potatoes (papas con jamón y queso)

Heat up the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes while stirring ocassionally.

Diced potatoes in a skillet.

Next add the sliced onion and the chopped serrano pepper to the skillet. Season with salt and black pepper.

Then add the granulated garlic and stir. Cook for 4 more minutes or until the onion has softened.

Diced potatoes, onion and serrano in a skillet.

Now it’s time to add the chopped ham. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes while stirring frequently.

Then reduce the heat to medium low and cover. Cook for another 5 minutes.

Papas con jamon in a skillet

Remove the lid and add the shredded mozzarella. Cover and let cook for about a minute or until the cheese has melted.

Mexican cheesy potatoes in a skillet.

The cheesy Mexican potatoes are now ready to serve! They only took about 20 minutes to fully cook.

I know some cooks like to parboil the potatoes before adding them to the skillet. I however don’t.

To me it’s easier this way as I don’t have to dirty up another dish. Plus these Mexican style potatoes really don’t take that long to cook in a skillet as long as the potatoes are chopped into small bite sized pieces.

Mexican cheesy potatoes in a skillet.

What to serve with it

You can serve these cheesy Mexican potatoes as a side to many dishes. It doesn’t have to be for breakfast only. Try them inside of homemade taco shells. I like to serve them with a side of Mexican pinto beans.

This potato dish also goes well with many other main dishes such as cajun seasoned chicken or chicken milanesa. Move aside potato gratin, cheesy Mexican potatoes will make your Sunday meals shine brighter.

These potatoes also go great with some salsa or topped with sour cream and green onions much like baked potatoes – only cheesier!

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Mexican style potatoes with ham and cheese on a white plate.
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Cheesy Mexican potatoes

Cheesy Mexican potatoes are an easy and delicious recipe that’s perfect for breakfast.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword cheesy mexican potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 370 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 4 gold potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1/2 white onion thinly sliced
  • 1 serrano pepper finely chopped
  • 1 cup ham chopped
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat up the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  2. Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally.

  3. Next add the sliced onion and the chopped serrano pepper to the skillet. Season with salt and black pepper.

  4. Then add the granulated garlic and stir. Cook for 4 more minutes or until the onion has softened.

  5. Now it’s time to add the chopped ham. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes while stirring frequently.

  6. Then reduce the heat to medium low and cover. Cook for another 5 minutes.

  7. Remove the lid and add the shredded mozzarella. Cover and let cook for about a minute or until the cheese has melted.

  8. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Mexican potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 370 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 603mg26%
Potassium 871mg25%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 207IU4%
Vitamin C 35mg42%
Calcium 168mg17%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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