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Calabacitas in a white bowl

Calabacitas (Mexican Style Zucchini)

Calabacitas are a delicious, healthy & easy to do side dish that's typical in Mexican kitchens.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 130kcal
Author Ana Frias


  • 2 medium zucchinis sliced
  • 1/2 large roma tomato chopped
  • 1/4 medium onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup corn kernels frozen or canned
  • 1/2 Tbsp light butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded Chihuahua or light mozzarella cheese or any other melting cheese
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco crumbled (Mexican fresh cheese) (Optional)


  • In a large skillet, heat the oil and butter over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and cook about two minutes.
  • Add the zucchini, tomato, corn salt & pepper. Mix all ingredients well.
  • Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 8 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle the shredded cheese.
  • Replace the cover on the skillet and allow to sit until the cheese melts, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Serve warm and sprinkle with some of queso fresco



I use chihuahua or even mozzarella cheese if I can't find a good Mexican melting cheese.  Make sure it's light flavor so that it does not over power the taste of the zucchini.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 345mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g