Calabacita Con Puerco

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 9m
Ready In

Recipe: #38041

January 06, 2022

"(Mexican style squash with pork) Serve over rice"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (679.2 g)
  • Calories 555.4
  • Total Fat - 13.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 100.4 mg
  • Sodium - 714.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 68.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 11.6 g
  • Sugars - 11 g
  • Protein - 43.2 g
  • Calcium - 98.2 mg
  • Iron - 3.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 54 mg
  • Thiamin - 1.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Brown seasoned pork with the onion in oil

Step 2

Add garlic and Chile powder

Step 3

Once cooked

Step 4

Add rotel-do not drain

Step 5

& chicken stock

Step 6

Cook 60 minutes until pork is tender

Step 7

Add calabacita (squashes)& tomato and corn

Step 8

Add salt and pepper to taste,

Step 9

Bring to boil

Step 10

Simmer for 30 minutes

Step 11

Take out bay leaf


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting the pork shoulder, look for pieces that are well-marbled with fat for more flavor.
  • For the best flavor, use fresh vegetables when possible. If using frozen, make sure to thaw them before adding to the dish.

  • Substitute the pork shoulder with 2 pounds of ground turkey. This substitution is beneficial as it is a leaner option and is lower in fat and calories.
  • Substitute the Rotel tomatoes with 1 can of diced tomatoes. This substitution is beneficial as it is a healthier option and has no added sugar.

Calabacita Con Pollo Replace the pork shoulder with 2 pounds of chicken breasts, diced. Add 1 teaspoon of cumin to the chili powder. Simmer for 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender.

Mexican Style Rice: This dish combines long-grained white rice with diced onions, garlic, tomatoes, and spices for a flavorful side dish that pairs perfectly with Calabacita Con Puerco. The bold flavors of the rice complement the Mexican-style squash and pork for a complete meal.

Mexican Street Corn: This classic Mexican side dish is a delicious accompaniment to Mexican Style Rice. Grilled corn is combined with mayonnaise, lime juice, cotija cheese, and chili powder for a savory and zesty flavor. The creamy and spicy flavors of the corn contrast nicely with the bold rice for a flavorful meal.


Q: What type of pork is best for this recipe?

A: Pork shoulder is the best cut of pork to use for this recipe. It is very flavorful and has a high fat content, which helps to keep the meat moist and tender when cooked.

Q: How long should I cook this pork dish?

A: The cooking time will depend on the size and cut of the pork. Generally, you should cook the pork for about 20 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C).

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: Calabacita Con Puerco is a popular dish in Mexico and is even served in some of the country’s most famous restaurants. It is said to have been created by celebrity chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless.

Fun Fact 2: Calabacita Con Puerco is a traditional dish that dates back centuries. It is believed to have originated in the Aztec culture and has been enjoyed by generations of Mexicans ever since.