Jamon Bocadillo

Jamon Bocadillo on fried pork cracklings on a plate

When people think of Spanish food, they usually aren’t thinking of a sandwich. However the classic jamon bocadillo is one of the most simple sandwiches around. You can find them all over the country, and the most popular only has three ingredients!

Spain cuisine is most famous for their olive oil, tapas, and some state of the art Michelin starred restaurants. But what do people eat when they are on the move? A bocadillo of course. These simple baguette sandwiches are so good – especially when they use high quality ingredients.

What Is A Bocadillo?

loaf of Spanish bread on a cutting board with a bread knife

A bocadillo, or sometimes a bocata, is a simple sandwich popular as a street food or bar snack in Spain. The sandwich uses a Spanish baguette and is filled with a variety of ingredients, from meat and cheese, to seafood, or even completely vegetarian.

The important thing is to use very high quality ingredients, because a simple sandwich like a bocadillo doesn’t have much to mask low quality.

Making A Jamon (y Queso) Bocadillo

Jamon Bocadillo ingredients on a counter

If you go to bocadillo shops in Spain you’ll often see the classic two ingredient jamon bocadillo front and center. This is simply slices of Spanish ham on bread. I like to add some manchego cheese to mine for a really delectable lunchtime meal.


1 Spanish Baguette – if you can find something artisanal you should definitely get it. Otherwise a simple grocery store baguette works if it’s fresh.

100 grams Jamon – this cured Spanish ham is delicious and absolutely necessary for this sandwich. The best is the jamon iberico de bellota, but you can use any jamon iberico you can find.

100 grams Cheese – slices. I recommend a semi-curado manchego if you can find it.

Jamon Bocadillo with manchego on a cutting board

Slice your bread lengthwise and layer on the cheese and cured ham. If you find it easier to cut the baguette in half first then do that.

Jamon Bocadillo before being tied up and wrapped

To get that real bocadillo shop feel, you can wrap the sandwich in a bit of paper and tie it with a bit of twine. This is a super unnecessary step; I just did it for the photo. But it does make the sandwich look nicer for presentation purposes.

jamon bocadillo wrapped in paper and served atop some chicharrones pork skin cracklings on a plate
jamon bocadillo wrapped in paper and served atop some chicharrones pork skin cracklings on a plate

Jamon Bocadillo

The jamon bocadillo, or ham sandwich, is a very popular Spanish grab and go meal. With high quality jamon iberico, and the addition of manchego, this sandwich is just an absolute delight to eat.
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Course: Lunch, Main Course, Main Dish, Sandwich
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: Cheese, Ham, Ham and Cheese, Sandwich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 435kcal
Cost: $10


  • 1 Bread Knife


  • 1 Baguette
  • 100 grams Jamon Iberico or other high quality cured Spanish ham
  • 100 grams Cheese Sliced. I recommend sliced semi-curado manchego, but you can use other high quality Spanish cheese as well.


  • Slice the bread lengthwise and layer on the cheese and jamon. Serve.


Calories: 435kcal
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