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.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
2 hrs 13 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
2 hrs 28 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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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 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.

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  • 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

348 calories; protein 15.4g 31% DV; carbohydrates 62g 20% DV; fat 8.3g 13% DV; cholesterol 21.8mg 7% DV; sodium 477.5mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2018
Very good flavor. Just like you would have in Southwest Texas. Very easy to make. It's a winner! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2018
This is one meal that has been a favorite in my family for many generations with one difference. We use chicken instead of pork. Not as much liquid or maybe none needs to be added since the squash (Calabacita) releases a lot of juices. The dish is simmered on low heat with a tight lid as a last step. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2018
Very good flavor. Just like you would have in Southwest Texas. Very easy to make. It's a winner! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2020
I make this often. Love it!! Read More
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