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Calabacitas in a white bowl

Calabacitas (Mexican Style Zucchini)

Calabacitas is a delicious and healthy side dish recipe, perfect for any meal! It just might be the Best Healthy Calabacitas Recipe I’ve ever had. This side dish is good enough to eat on its own, but it pairs well with other Mexican recipes.
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