Guisado de Calabacita Con Maíz – Squash Corn Stew

Guisado de Calabacita Con Maíz – Squash Corn Stew

Guisado de calabacita con maíz is a traditional combination that’s unbeatable for depth of flavor and texture.  No creams or cheesy additions are needed here. Paired with steaming, comal-rosted corn tortillas, this ancient combination makes beautiful tacos.  Careful, people may actually fall in love with you.

Map of Mesoamerica
Map of Mesoamerica, birthplace of heirloom tatuma squash and all squashes

Tatuma is the heirloom squash that’s been living on this planet for over 10,000 years.  Called calabacita, it’s a variety of the Cucurbita pepo species, native to Mexico and Mesoamerica. Absolutely delicious, it is full flavored, with some sweetness and no bitterness.  It has been generously nourishing us, as travel and communication took it from south to north.

Zucchini is a better known Cucurbita pepo variety, also descended from Mesoameria, developed around the mid 1800s in Italy. It has a different flavor, with some bitterness. I don’t prefer it for this guisado, but it still makes a good dish, so it’s a good option if you can’t find the Mexican tatuma, calabacita.

This guisado, stew, combines tatuma with corn because it’s traditional and I can’t think of a combination that could be more natural.
Make tacos with this guisado, for sure.

Recipe for Guisado de Calabacita Con Maíz, Squash Corn Stew

Guisado of Tatuma Squash with Corn

Ingredients (serves 8)
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil or canola or vegetable oil
1 cup sliced onion, yellow or white
2 tsp minced garlic
1 chile serrano, seeds and white membrane removed, and minced
2 lbs tatuma squash, calabacita (or zucchini if tatuma are not available), sliced 1/4″ thick and cut into quarter moons or half moons, depending on your size preference.
2 cups fresh corn kernels or 15 oz. canned corn
1 small tomato, thinly sliced
salt to taste

1. In a large skillet heat oil over low heat and sauté onions for about 15 minutes until they become translucent. Add the garlic and chile serrano and cook for another 2 minutes.
2. Add the squash, corn, tomato and salt.  Stir everything together, cover and cook on low heat for 15-20  minutes until the squash is cooked. It should hold its shape, be slightly soft, not mushy.  Correct the salt.

Serve hot with corn tortillas.  Make tacos, topped with Green Serrano Salsa or Chile De Arbol Salsa.


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2 thoughts on “Guisado de Calabacita Con Maíz – Squash Corn Stew”

  • Good morning, Yolanda, and thanks for your comment. You can plant seeds for tatuma squash. That’s the original “calabacita.” I have found it online, so just google “tatuma seeds.” Make sure that the seed are non-gmo and that they are heirloom seeds.
    It’s good news to me that you will bre planting this calabacita, congratulations!! Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

  • My father loved to be in his garden and took pride in growing Mexican zucchini and making chicken calabasita. He passed in 2018 at 90 and I hoped to get seeds to grow in my own garden. Tradition means so much to me. Do you know how I can obtain these seeds? I have truly enjoyed your information and shared history of my ancestors.

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