Quick and Easy New Mexico Style Calabacitas • I am New Mexico

Quick and Easy New Mexico Style Calabacitas

This is a very simple and very traditional recipe New Mexicans have been making generation after generation, and for good reason. This dish is not only easy to make, but it’s packed with great flavor and a spicy kick.

If you haven’t made this dish, it’s super easy and super delicious. There are a few variations of this recipe, so have fun creating your own perfect recipe using this as a template.


New Mexico Style Calabacitas

New Mexico Style Calabacitas Recipe / Photo by ig @shweeties

Ingredients for New Mexico Style Calabacitas

  • 2 cups Fresh or frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1 lb Zucchini (you may also use different types of squash); cut into 1/4″-1/2″ slices
  • 2 tbsp Butter or margarine **or more
  • 1 cup Hatch Green Chile or other New Mexico Green Chile
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 medium onion **Optional

New Mexico Style Calabacitas Preparation

In a large pan on a medium-high heat, add your butter. Once it has melted and reached a good frying temperature, add the corn, zucchini, green chile and garlic powder.  Sauté vegetables stirring frequently until zucchini has wilted and cooked. Serve with homemade tortillas. You may also serve with browned ground beef. Garnish with shredded cheese or eat plain.

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