This is a traditional New Mexican side dish. Calabacitas means “squash” in Spanish. You’ll find this side dish offered in most of the restaurants that serve Mexican food in New Mexico.
It’s a favorite in my household and come summer time it can’t be beat on the scale of deliciousness when fresh corn and zucchini are at their peak. It’s an easy and a healthy dish to make.
Make it once and I guarantee you will want to make it again.
Calabacitas (New Mexican zucchini and corn dish)
Makes 4-6 servings
- 2 cups whole kernel corn or kernels from two ears of corn (use fresh from the cob if you can)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1-2 TBS vegetable oil
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- chopped green chile (optional) to taste
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 medium zucchini squash, diced
- Shredded Monterey Jack cheese (optional)
- Combine all ingredients, except cheese, in a large saucepan.
- Cook on medium heat until squash is tender.
- Garnish with cheese before serving.
By: The Kitchen Door