Homemade Calabaza con puerco recipe

Calabacita is a classic Tex-Mex dish that is slightly different everywhere you find it. This is my grandmother’s version, which I think is the best! Serve with hot corn tortillas.

This dish is undoubtedly a favorite in Mexico, and everyone loves it. It is also very easy to prepare and with ingredients that can be easily found almost anywhere in the world. Keep reading because I am telling you how to sub some of the ingredients and still enjoy a delicious and traditional Mexican dish.

1 1/2 pounds boneless pork sirloin steaks with bone cut into 1 inch pieces

3/4 teaspoon salt more to taste

3/4 teaspoon cumin

3/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

1 cup of water

2 tablespoons avocado or grapeseed oil or traditional pork lard!

2 cloves garlic sliced

1 cup white onion diced

1/2 cup red bell pepper sliced into 1/2 inch pieces

1/2 green bell pepper sliced into 1/2 inch pieces

3 large roma or vine ripe tomatoes roughly chopped

1 tsp tomato/chicken bouillon(if using) knorr brand

1/2 tsp Mexican oregano

1 cup corn fresh or frozen

1 medium zucchini sliced into rings or half moon shapes

1 tbsp cilantro chopped

Preheat a large skillet to medium/high heat for a few minutes. Add the pork and season with salt, pepper and cumin. Add 1/2 cup water, reserving the other half for blending tomatoes. Spread out evenly, cover and cook until all the water has evaporated. Once water has evaporated, uncover, add the oil and brown the pork a little more with lid off for a few minutes.
Add the peppers, garlic and onions and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Blend the tomatoes with the oregano and bouillon(if using), adding a little bit of water (1/2 cup) to help it blend easier. Set aside.
Add the corn and cook just for 2 minutes. Add the tomato mixture, stir well to combine. Mix in the zucchini in the cilantro. Cook at a low/medium temperature for another 10-15 minutes. Taste for salt.
Serve with your favorite rice, beans, salsa and warm tortillas.
Enjoy !!