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Calabacitas con Queso

Calabacitas con Queso is a vegetarian Mexican recipe made of squash and cheese. It’s a satisfying and tasty meal for Meatless Monday dinner, light lunch, or serve as a yummy side dish.
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 58kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 calabacitas
  • 1 serrano pepper finely diced
  • 1/4 onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 12-ounce panela cheese package, cubed


  • Heat oil.
  • Add the calabacitas.
  • Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • Add the remaining ingredients except for the cheese.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, or until the squash is tender.
  • Add the cheese.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Place a lid on the pot.
  • Let sit for 2 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy.


You can also add corn kernels, spinach, or green beans.
If you don’t like spicy food, omit the pepper. Serrano peppers are spicier than jalapenos.
Or for a mild spice, use roasted poblano peppers instead.


Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 466IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg