Last year I had the great fortune of being able to visit my sweet family in El Paso, Texas. I spent many a wonderful summer there when I was just a girl. The trip for me, was like going home again, albeit a home away from home.
One evening my cousin, 2 of my dearest aunts and I decided to cook a meal together. What fun we had, cooking, sharing stories, and recipe secrets. This was one of the side dishes we prepared with the fruits of my cousin in laws labor. He maintains a garden during spring and summer. From what I understand, his zucchini harvest each year is extraordinarily good.
I know the zucchini that evening sure was!
Oh my yumminess. You will not be disappointed with this recipe.
I like to add the cheese when I serve it up.
It’s a fair amount of chopping, but so worth the effort. Healthy and delicious.
The cooking process goes quite fast.
and there you go… I give you, Calabacitas Tejano
Now… prep, prepare and eat.
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/4 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 zucchini, chopped
- 1 medium tomato, chopped
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- pepper to taste
- pinch of crushed oregano
- shredded cheddar cheese for topping, to your liking
- in a stock pot heat the oil to medium heat
- add the chopped onion to the stock pot, cook onion until translucent
- if using jalapeño for spice add that in now
- next, add in the garlic, cook till lightly brown (be careful it burns easily)
- add in the zucchini, continue to cook all for about 5 more minutes
- next, add the chopped tomato, cook for just 2/3 more minutes
- add salt, pepper and pinch of crushed oregano
- next, add the chicken broth
- add the milk
- next, add in the frozen corn
- bring mixture to a simmer, keep at simmer for 5 min.
- remove the pot from the heat, zucchini will continue to cook in the hot broth
- adjust the seasonings to your liking
- at service (when you serve it), top your warm zucchini with shredded cheese
This is best served soupy, I like to served is over a bed of white rice, topped with the shredded cheddar cheese… it’s a Tejano culinary delight!
This goes really good with my Salsa de Chile Japones Everybody Salsa, just go light, the salsa can be spicy.