Mexican zucchini rounds simmered in stewed tomatoes, onions, and garlic then loaded with mild cheddar cheese. One of my favorite comfort foods from my childhood.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat; cook the onion and garlic in the hot oil until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the zucchini slices and stewed tomatoes and stir gently. Cover and cook until the zucchini is tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat, season with salt, and add the Cheddar cheese; allow to sit until the cheese has melted.

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Nutrition Facts

97 calories; protein 4.8g 10% DV; carbohydrates 5.8g 2% DV; fat 6.6g 10% DV; cholesterol 14.8mg 5% DV; sodium 202.2mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2009
A simple and tasty dish! I also used olive oil instead of vegetable oil and added a pkg. of frozen corn (as used in the traditional mexican recipes) and about 1/2 cup chopped green chile for zing. Also added 10 minutes to the cooking time and served it with baked chicken. A perfect low-cal but filling dish! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/31/2014
Four zucchinis is a LOT - it crowded my skillet and there wasn't enough liquid to coat them. So some of them came out tasting very dry and plan. Even adding too much salt didn't help to liven up the flavor. I also used sharp cheddar instead of mild - still nothing. Read More
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122 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 87
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2009
A simple and tasty dish! I also used olive oil instead of vegetable oil and added a pkg. of frozen corn (as used in the traditional mexican recipes) and about 1/2 cup chopped green chile for zing. Also added 10 minutes to the cooking time and served it with baked chicken. A perfect low-cal but filling dish! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2009
Loved loved loved this!! I didn't need the cheese -- I liked it as-is! I didn't use stewed tomatoes but fresh tomatoes and added enough chicken broth to just cover the bottom of my 10-inch skillet (I will use just a little less next time though). I also added frozen roasted corn (as corn was suggested by the top review). I also used olive oil instead of vegetable oil. This is now one of my favorite ways to eat zucchini! I will definitely make this again I could eat it alone for dinner! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2009
This simple dish is so delicious!! I followed the recipe as written except I used olive oil instead of vegetable. Such a wonderful blend of flavors from the slightly sweet stewed tomatoes to the tang of the mild cheddar. I needed a quick recipe to use some zucchini and this is it. Wonderful as a side or as a vegetarian main dish with crusty bread. My boyfriend who doesn't care for zucchini loved this I was amazed. Thanks NghtSkkyyStarz for sharing this I will definitely make this again:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/07/2009
I too remember this dish! If you look around many super markets now carry the small round calabacitas. You can fill them with the cheese and the "stew" the little squashes in the tomate/garlic/onion sauce with the lid on. A slow cooker works well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2011
I just made this dish for the first time this evening and I have to say wow! I was hunting for a Mexican vegetable dish to go with my chicken enchiladas and this definitely fit the bill! I grew up in Southern California and love Mexican food but had never had anything like this before. It was delicious and will be my go-to vegetable for serving with Mexican meals from now on! My opinion isn't the one that counts though. My husband invited a young family over on the spur of the moment. I was a little worried about serving them something I had never made before but decided I couldn't go wrong with all the rave reviews. It was this or meatloaf and chicken enchiladas just seem a better "company" meal to me. Anyway I had everything just about ready when they got here and I discovered that the husband is actually Mexican! I'm talking native Mexican! When he saw these calabacitas on the table his eyes absolutely lit up! He said they looked exactly like the ones he makes. But the real compliment came when he tried them. He said this is authentic Mexican! It's one thing coming from a gringo like me. But you know it's good when a native Mexican tells you so! You can't get a much better compliment than that! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! It's definitely a keeper as written! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2009
I think I accidentally cooked my zucchini a bit too long when I made this recipe but it was still very tasty! I used one very large zucchini and about 1/4 of a mammoth zucchini...I wasn't quite sure what size of zucchini should have been used in the recipe! I also used my own frozen homegrown tomatoes instead of the canned ones and adjusted the seasonings accordingly. I also used sharp cheddar cheese (family preference!) Thanks for sharing...this is a really simple tasty healthy and comforting side dish! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2012
Yum! I really really enjoyed this. I scaled the recipe to "2" as I was the only one eating this. I didn't have stewed tomatoes so I used a can of tomato sauce and instead of cheddar cheese I used shredded pepperjack. I also added a dash of cayenne pepper for added flavor (and left out the salt). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2011
This was so easy and extremely good! Because of the cheese I found I didn't find a need to add any salt. Sometimes supplement two of the zucchini with two yellow squash for variety. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2011
This was SO easy and delicious. Can be made without cheese to be a vegan/vegetarian friendly side dish however the flavor isn't so bold without the cheese. Even re-heats great. Will make this again. HEALTHY TOO! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/31/2014
Four zucchinis is a LOT - it crowded my skillet and there wasn't enough liquid to coat them. So some of them came out tasting very dry and plan. Even adding too much salt didn't help to liven up the flavor. I also used sharp cheddar instead of mild - still nothing. Read More
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