Calabacita con Puerco (Pork with Squash)


Calabacita is a classic Tex-Mex dish that is slightly different everywhere you find it. This is my grandmother's version, which I think is the best! Serve with hot corn tortillas.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 13 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 28 mins
8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 4 boneless pork chops

  • 5 calabaza squash, halved and sliced 1/2-inch thick

  • 1 cup whole kernel corn, drained

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 cups chicken stock, or more as needed


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook pork chops until no longer pink in the center, about 4 minutes per side. Cool until easily handled, about 5 minutes. Cut the pork into bite-sized cubes.

  2. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in the saucepan. Add cubed pork, calabaza squash, corn, onion, tomatoes, and garlic and cook until onion is transparent, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, cumin, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Pour in chicken stock and simmer, covered, until flavors are combined, about 2 hours. Stir occasionally and check periodically to see if more chicken stock is needed.

Editor's Note:

Calabaza is a squash popular in Central and South America. Pumpkin may be substituted for the calabaza.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

348 Calories
8g Fat
62g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 348
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 478mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 82mg 412%
Calcium 201mg 15%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 2492mg 53%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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