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Best Recipe for Zucchini – Carla’s Calabacitas

Too much zucchini on your hands? There’s no such thing when you have the best zucchini recipe – Carla’s Calabacitas. “Calabacitas” means “little zucchini” in Spanish. This dish is tasty and comes together quickly. Use it as a side dish or a taco filling, or add chicken or pork to make it a filling meal. 

Best Recipe for Zucchini - Carla’s Calabacitas

Best recipe for zucchini – Carla’s Calabacitas

Best Recipe for Zucchini - Carla’s Calabacitas

I first tried 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. I wish I could look out my window and see the waves rolling in, but this dish takes me right back to Mexico. 

Our family in Rocky Point, Mexico

Carla’s Calabacitas

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 bouillon (Caldo de Pollo)
  • Salt to taste
  • Shredded Monterey cheese


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

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!