WTF can I do with all this zucchini? #3

Today’s edition of “WTF can I do with all this zucchini?” is brought to you by Ben. He heard about this from a Colorado native at work and made up his own version. It’s called calabacitas and it’s freaking delicious. And easy!

Calabacitas Recipe


  • 2 T. vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3-4 cups cubed zucchini (Ben used 1 1/2 medium zucchini)
  • 1 cup corn (Ben used frozen)
  • 1 cup or more Quorn Chik’n Tenders (Ben used 1 cup because that’s what we had; more would’ve been better. You could substitute any sort of fake meat here if you like — seitan would be great, or pre-cooked tofu.)
  • 2 cups Colorado-style vegetarian green chili (I’ll post Ben’s recipe for this soon. It should be at least a little spicy. If you don’t have green chili, substitute a 15-ounce can of petite diced tomatoes and a 4-ounce can of hot green chiles. I would process the diced tomatoes because I don’t like tomato chunks and dice the chiles. If you go this route, you might want to add chili powder or cumin or both.)
  • 1/2 cup water (Add enough water so everything in the pan is covered with liquid.)
  • salt


Heat the oil and garlic in a medium pan (Ben used a saucier pan) over medium-high heat “for a few minutes, until it’s fragrant” (Ben said this). Throw in the onion, zucchini, corn, and Chik’n Tenders. Stir everything together and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the green chili, water, and a couple dashes of salt. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10-12 minutes, until zucchini is soft. Salt to taste if necessary. Serve hot in a bowl with warmed flour tortillas on the side. (It would also work as a side dish.) A quick consultation with google reveals that many people add cheese or put cheese on top, but I think cheese is absolutely not necessary here (and I love cheese).

This is the kind of dish that doesn’t really require a recipe. Once you understand the concept, you can pretty much do what you want. I love that kind of thing.

Here is a bad photo of our leftovers. Sorry about that. I didn’t take a picture before we ate because I didn’t know this would be post worthy. It is! It was super delicious!