ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A New Way to Cook Zucchini (Calabacitas)

Updated on August 29, 2012
Zucchini, everywhere there is zucchini!
Zucchini, everywhere there is zucchini! | Source

Zuccinin Dish (savory) Known as Calabacitas Here

     This is one thing that has remained constant in my life;  No, not just zucchini but the extreme availability of zucchini when they are in season.

     We had a joke back in the Midwest about getting rid of your over-abundance of zucchini by placing bags of them at your neighbor's front door, ringing the doorbell and then running away. (Well, we said like he!! but this is more of a family site, isn't it?)

     My first run-in with Calabacitas was at a local restaurant where the veg that came with the Friday Night Special was Calabacitas. SO, you got them whether you wanted them or not. Well, they were immediately recognizable as zucchini; BUT THE TASTE!   I could not put my finger on just what made these zucchini sing with flavor. Now I know what the added ingredient is BUT it is NOT an in-your-face-chile taste. It is delicious though.



1 T. (or more) olive oil

1 med. onion sliced

2 C. zucchini, diced

2 C. Summer Squash, diced


1 NM Chile preferred or Poblano or Anaheim chile, seeded and diced    Remember the amount of seeds left in will adjust the taste to hot, hotter, and hottest, your choice. In this house I remove all the seeds. And be sure to wear those throw-away dollar store type gloves when you chop the chile!! (Yeah you can use the little cans of chiles…but not as good OR fresh tasting…try the REAL thing the first time!!)



A bit of butter

Sauté the onion until transparent in a Dutch oven. Add the zucchini and the chile. You will need to add a bit of water. Gently stir and cook until soft.

Serve topped with chopped up cilantro and a bit of butter.

And as in all home cooking, some people add corn, and other ingredients that happen to be in season. I have added tomatoes but prefer it with just zucchini and summer squash.

Oh, did I tell you that the restaurant where I first had Calabacitas is owned by the Mayor? Well, I also get my hair cut by the former Mayor. Small town.

The Farmers' Market is this afternoon. Oh boy. WIll find something fun from there....will let you know!!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • NMLady profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      That is good too! We just have so much that I am always looking for a new way to cook zucchini. Have you tried coating them with olive oil, bread crumbs, parm, cheese and baking them until crisp? Good....dip in ranch dressing. NOT lo-cal though!! LOL

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      this sounds good, will have to try. I fry mine with butter and garlic and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. yum


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)