This recipe was given to me by my grandmother. I have revised it a little. It is one of my family's favorites!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until evenly brown. Drain, and set aside.

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  • Heat the oil in the skillet over medium heat. Mix in the squash and onion, and saute until tender.

  • Mix the tomatoes and water into the skillet. Season with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover skillet, reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

195 calories; protein 14.4g 29% DV; carbohydrates 7.9g 3% DV; fat 11.6g 18% DV; cholesterol 46mg 15% DV; sodium 154.9mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2006
Yum! This is so delicious. I used minced garlic mixed in with the squash and onions but didn't change anything else. It smelled delicious while cooking. I served it over plain white rice and I think that was a good addition. Thanks for recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/03/2006
Easy...Easy...Easy!!! I sauteed the onion with a minced clove of garlic (instead of garlic powder) then added the meat and browned it. At step 3 I was pretty heavy handed with the chili powder and cumin and also added a bouillon cube and some italian seasoning because otherwise I think it would have been pretty bland. Next time I think I'll add something spicy. Fast healthy simple and tasty! Read More
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  • 3 star values: 6
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2006
Yum! This is so delicious. I used minced garlic mixed in with the squash and onions but didn't change anything else. It smelled delicious while cooking. I served it over plain white rice and I think that was a good addition. Thanks for recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2007
This is a great and easy recipe. Lots of flavor and yummy. I used my crock-pot to make it and it was great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/03/2006
I really liked this dish! I cooked the squash and onion along with the beef as it browned. That shortened the time needed as well as eliminating the need for the oil. The recipe does not instruct when to add back in the ground beef but this took care of that. I will definitely increase the spices the next time. They could easily be doubled for good flavor. Instead of the canned tomatoes I used my own fresh tomatoes from my garden. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/08/2007
Family LOVED it over some brown rice. I also doubled the spices and used fresh garlic (alot). I served it with grated cheese sour cream cilantro and hot sauce to suit everyones flavors. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/03/2006
Easy...Easy...Easy!!! I sauteed the onion with a minced clove of garlic (instead of garlic powder) then added the meat and browned it. At step 3 I was pretty heavy handed with the chili powder and cumin and also added a bouillon cube and some italian seasoning because otherwise I think it would have been pretty bland. Next time I think I'll add something spicy. Fast healthy simple and tasty! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2011
Calabacitas! Great recipe! I changed the amount of spices a bit and used about 1 tbsp minced garlic 2 tsp chili powder and a heaping teaspoon of cumin (love the spices). When I simmered everything for 30 minutes I added a Serrano pepper which I cut in half and let simmer with everything else for an added kick. Served over Jasmin rice. The family loved it. I will make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2006
This was great! My boyfriend prefers food with more flavor than most people so I almost always double seasonings. I doubled cumin and chili powder used two garlic cloves instead of garlic powder and I added a quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder. I also used ground turkey instead of ground beef. I would definitely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2007
I made it to get my toddler to eat vegetables. My family loved it and wanted me to make it again the next night. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/12/2012
This was very good but would have been far too bland without adding extra spices. I doubled the chili powder and cumin and I added about 1/2 tsp. thyme and lots of fresh minced garlic. I used vegetable broth in place of the water. Still with bumping up the spice my husband and I added some crushed red pepper at the table. I will definitely make this again when I have extra squash to use. I may try it with sausage instead of ground beef which would make it less bland. Read More
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