Mexican Zucchini (Calabacitas) is a quick and tasty way to use up some of your zucchini or summer squash. It can be a light dinner on it's own or a side dish to some grilled chicken , steak, or pork, or throw in some left over grilled chicken and serve it on flour tortilla's for Mexican Garden Taco's. The green chile's give it a little bit of a kick, but I only like mild foods and even I love it! so it's not too hot for most people.
The basic recipe I'm sharing today came from a family cookbook and was shared by my cousin Christy. I love to serve it as a super quick side dish during the summer months. It only takes about 5-10 minutes total to make from start to finish so is easy to do while your meat is cooking on the grill.
I have added to it over the years and will often toss in a cup of black beans, left over rice,corn, cubed grilled or rotisserie chicken to make it a light meal. Today I'm eating it in a soft flour tortilla as a taco while my husband eats it as a side dish to his grilled salmon. (I dislike fish, seafood, anything that swims!)
Jan's tip: Make it even faster (and out favorite!) by substituting one 12 oz. canned of diced tomatoes with green chile's (drained) instead of the fresh tomato and canned green chile's
3 lbs. zucchini or summer squash diced. (I don't peel mine)
1 large tomato quartered or diced
1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chili's
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. garlic powder or 1 clove minced fresh garlic
4 strips of bacon (cooked and crumbled)
1 cup shredded cheese or crumbled Queso Fresco cheese
Optional; 1 cup of cooked rice, corn, black beans, etc.
- Over medium heat in large skillet, combine diced zucchini, tomatoes, green chile's water and garlic and any optional add-in's such as rice, beans or corn.
- Cook, stirring occasionally till zucchini is tender (3-5 min. approx.)
Jan's Tip for cooking the Zucchini to just perfect (and not overcooked to mushy) You want it to be soft with a little bit of crunch. The trick is that as soon as you see it turning transulcent in color, turn off the heat and move the skillet off the burner.