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Mexican Squash

Mexican Squash with Cheese:

Mexican Squash is a vegetable native to Mexico, it is called “Calabacitas” there. It is a vegetable of the gourd family and its dishes and recipes are, without a doubt, palatable and savoury. It can be eaten either as a main dish or can be served as a side dish or can be made into tacos with warm corn tortillas.

Ingredients:

  • 3 plum tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4th cup of water
  • 2 medium Calabacitas/ Mexican squash, diced
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • Cilantro/Parsley (optional)
  • 200g Mexican Panela Cheese/Queso Panela, diced 
  • Fresh ground black pepper and salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Cut the tomatoes and garlic and blend them in your mixer grinder with the water until a puree is made.
  1. Put a medium-sized skillet on the stove on medium flame and pour in the oil and butter, once heated, add the chopped onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  1. Add the tomato puree to the onion and cook for another 4 minutes.
  1. Then, add the diced squashes, salt and black pepper, and cook for 10 more minutes until the squash pieces become tender.
  1. At last, add parsley and the cheese (optional). Enjoy your hot, mouth-watering Mexican squash.

Tips and Suggestions:

You can always use zucchini in place of squashes as they are sometimes hard to find. Cutting squashes into small cubes instead of regular-sized ones can give the dish a better look.

Mexican Squash Soup:

Mexican Squash Soup

This soup might just be one of the best soups you have ever tasted, it is easy to make and saves you a lot of time. It can also be served with cheese, avocado, toasted nuts and tortilla chips.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 4 cups diced peeled Mexican Squash 
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano and hot pepper flakes
  • 7 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 cups frozen corn kernels
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped coriander 
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, diced (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized pan, pour vegetable oil, heat it and then put in the cumin, onions and garlic cloves, cook them for 3 minutes until light brown.
  1. Then, stir in the diced Mexican squash, cook for 2 minutes.
  1. Further, add oregano, pepper flakes, and broth.
  1. Boil it and then leave it to simmer on low flame for 10 minutes. Then, add corn, salt and black pepper, and cook for another 5 minutes.
  1. Season with coriander and serve hot.

Mexican Squash Casserole:

Mexican Squash Casserole

This recipe requires minimum efforts and provides you with infinite satisfaction as it is prepared with all these ingredients which are loved by almost everyone. After reading the recipe, you might definitely want to give it a try, so go on reading ahead for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium Mexican squash, sliced 
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 100g chopped green chillies
  • 100g diced jalapeno peppers, drained
  • 1/4th cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup salsa sauce
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • Salt and black pepper to taste.

Directions:

  1. Take a large-sized bowl, whisk squashes, 2 cup cheese, onion, chillies and jalapenos. Sprinkle this with flour, salt and black pepper, mix them again.
  • Preheat the oven at 400 degrees.
  • Transfer the matter of the bowl into a greased baking dish, cover it and bake it in the oven for around 40 minutes, until the squash becomes tender.
  • Take it out, layer it with salsa and then sprinkle it with the remaining cheese.
  • Cover it again, bake for another 10- 15 minutes until it becomes golden brown.
  • Leave it untouched for 10 minutes, then uncover it, season it with parsley, red and green onions.
  • Serve it hot.

Tips and Suggestions:

If you like your meals spicy, try adding more pepper and chilli flakes when you add salsa and cheese.

Summary:

Mexican squash is a wonderful vegetable and can be used to make different dishes, and curiously all these dishes have a distinct taste from each other, with only one similarity being their tempting smell and succulent taste. Three such recipes made out of squashes are Mexican squash (with cheese), Mexican squash soup and Mexican squash casserole. All of them are delicious and will make you want them again and again.