Calabacitas Recipe -
Calabacitas Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins


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"A light lunch, or serve with cheese and tortillas. Also good as a side dish with your favorite Mexican food."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    30 mins


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook, stirring until translucent. Add zucchini and poblano pepper, and saute until soft. Stir in corn and beans, and heat through. Season with salt to taste.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 29, 2003

This is delicious and unique! I love the combination of zuchinni, beans, and corn. I omitted the poblano and added about 1 tsp. of ground cumin and 1 tsp. of chili powder to perk up the flavors. I served with low-fat cheddar cheese and taco sauce. I can't wait to have this again!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 14, 2003

Somewhat bland. My grandmother's recipe always used jalapeno, diced red pepper, fresh cut corn off the cob, diced zucchini & yellow squash and perhaps a bit of cilantro and no beans. We use this as a filling for a warm tortilla. It's a nice meatless meal.

May 06, 2008

Easy! I prepared this the night before and carried it to a pitch-in. It was a great side with the fajitas that were served. I did add a can of tomatoes and chilis. I am glad I did. I think it would have been a bit bland. It was also great warmed up and covered with a bit of cheese. I'll make it again.

Jun 13, 2011

I tend to take the best of all recommended changes to recipes and make my own personal masterpiece. And I did with this dish, which came out delicious. I made 12 servings for a friend's Cinco De Mayo party, which was more than I expected, yet most of it was eaten up, mostly as a side dish, but also as a main course for the two vegetarians at the party. Here's the changes I made to the four (4 ) serving recipe originally shown on Instead of 4 zucchini, I used 2 zucchini and 2 butternut squash (for color). I used 1 can of Ro*Tel tomatoes because they're lightly spicy, and 1 tablespoon of cilantro. I then covered and sauteed until soft, over medium heat, stirring about once a minute. Then, I stirred in the recommended amount of corn, but reduced the beans by 1/3, about 10 ounces. While that mixture was heating, I added the recommended amount of salt, plus 1 fresh lime, 1 teaspoon of chili powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of cumin. Continue to cook uncovered, stirring about once a minute. I also found out it's just as delicious cold as warm. If you can let it sit for a few hours in the refrigerator, and then thoroughly stir it, and microwave it (or serve it cold), it tastes even better.

Nov 23, 2008

I really like this recipe! Easy, lots of veg. Needed a little more seasoning, since I don't like spicy food and omitted the poblano. I also tried it as is and then with a can of diced tomatoes. The tomatoes definitely added a lot to the flavor. Thanks for the recipe!

Aug 25, 2007

I love green chilis so I add them. I omit the beans. I dice everything but the garlic. That I mince. And where are the tomatoes? I didn't have any fresh so I put in a can of Ro*Tel. Tomatoes really add something for me and so does the pepper jack cheese I had on hand. I also added Texas Gunpowder which is dried ground jalapeno in a shaker. I needed more salt too. My husband eats this with sour cream on a tortilla and loves it (so do I). We aren't vegans so if I have it, I'll even add some leftover pork or chicken. You really can't mess this up. You gotta love that!

Jun 23, 2010

For all that color and contrast it was like a trick on your tastebuds once it hit your mouth - where did the flavor go?

Apr 28, 2008

A little bland, but a great starter recipe. I had to add some cumin and fresh lime juice.


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  • Calories
  • 212 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.8 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 4.6 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 11.1 g
  • 44%
  • Protein
  • 10.1 g
  • 20%
  • Sodium
  • 818 mg
  • 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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