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Best Recipe for Zucchini – Carla’s Calabacitas

Best recipe for zucchini - Carla's Calabacitas

Too much zucchini on your hands? No such thing with this recipe. “Calabacitas” means “little zucchini” in Spanish. This dish is tasty and comes together quickly. Use it as a side dish, a taco filling, or add chicken or pork to make it a meal. 

I first had calabacitas in Rocky Point, Mexico. Carla, the house cook, made it for us and we couldn’t get enough. She kindly shared her recipe, and now I can make it at home. Wish I could look out my window and see the waves rolling in, but this dish takes me right back to Mexico. 

Best Recipe for Zucchini - Carla's Calabacitas


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ of an onion, diced
  • 8 small zucchini, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large tomato, diced (if tomatoes aren’t in season, use a can of petite-diced)
  • 2 or 3 4-oz cans diced green chilis (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 2 cups corn (fresh, frozen or canned) 
  • 2 teaspoons chicken-flavor bullion (Caldo de Pollo)
  • salt to taste
  • Shredded Monterey cheese


Melt butter in large sauté pan, add onions, and cook until tender. Add chicken bullion zucchini, tomatoes, chilis, and corn to pan. Cook with the lid on until vegetables are tender. Add salt. Top with shredded Monterey cheese. Once cheese is melted, serve immediately. 

Best Recipe for Zucchini - Carla's Calabacitas
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Monday 11th of April 2022

Garlic salt and/or fresh minced garlic are always welcomed additions.....num num. Can't wait for my zukes to start producing. first time with a SERIOUS garden ;-) Hopefully it turns out after all the blood sweat and tears hahaha. I may have to add a bit of ground beef tho.

Angela Judd

Monday 11th of April 2022

Yum! Sounds good. Best of luck to you this season!

Margie Trujillo

Thursday 29th of July 2021

The Must-Have ingredient is garlic salt. Use liberally!