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This calabacitas recipe is a veggie-packed side dish with squash, corn, onions, and green chile, and you can make it all year round.


  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 zucchini chopped into quarters
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 can of corn drained
  • green chile about 4 ounces diced, pealed, drained
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese cheddar, Colby/Jack, Swiss, etc.


  • Heat oil in a medium skillet on medium heat.
  • Add onions; saute until fragrant.
  • Add zucchini; mix with onions.
  • When zucchini starts to get soft, add salt, pepper, garlic powder. Cook until veggies are caramelized (about 3-5 minutes).
  • Stir in green chile; once chile is heated through, mix in corn.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally; sprinkle cheese over veggies; stir to combine.
  • Turn off heat; move to serving dish and sprinkle remaining cheese over the top. Serve and enjoy!