Squash with Pork, Calabacita con Puerco

Squash with Pork, Calabacita con Puerco

Mexican gastronomy has hundreds of dishes, thousands of variations, the deliciousness never stops.  It’s true for  every great cuisine on the planet, but there are always staples that are core, and represent the traditional flavor of the cuisine.  Squash with pork, Calabacita Con Puerco, is one of the core Mexican staples, a tradition that melds native calabacita with the Spanish-imported pork.  This recipe is the San Antonio, Texas version that I grew up enjoying.  It always takes me home.

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Squash with Pork, Calabacita con Puerco

Ingredients (serves 4)

1 pound pork loin cut into 1-inch pieces 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 cups tomatoes, small diced
1 white onion, sliced
1 serrano chile, sliced crosswise
2 large Mexican tatuma squash (calabacita), cubed. You can substitute zucchini if tatuma is not available.
Optional: 1 cup fresh or canned whole-kernel corn.
1 cup water


1. In a Dutch oven or deep skillet, heat the canola oil. Add the pork and brown it on all sides.

Tatuma Squash, Calabacita
Calabacita – Tatuma Squash

2. Add 1 cup of water and scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen all the brown bits.

3. Add the tomato, onion, chile, garlic, cumin, and salt. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.

4. Add squash (and corn if using) and cook, covered, for 15 more minutes.

5. Taste and adjust the salt.

Serve with hot corn tortillas.

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