One-Pot Wonders

Calabacitas Cochinas

April 22, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

The first time I visited my boyfriend's family in his home town his mother made this recipe for us. I remember waking up to the smell, that was perfuming the entire house. This is one of those simple recipes that comes together to be so delicious that its hard to believe it has so few ingredients. You cook the vegetables until they break down into a sauce that surrounds the pork pieces. I could eat it everyday! Serve with corn tortillas, and Mexican crema. —The DuelingDoctors

What You'll Need
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 3 tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound pork chops, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 ears of corn, kernels removed
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cilantro, chopped
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat add the olive oil and zucchini. Sweat the zucchini for 5 minutes, do not brown it.
  2. After 5 minutes, add the tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, garlic, pork, and cumin. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes, until the vegetables start to break down into a thick sauce.
  3. Once the vegetables cook down add the corn kernels. Cook for 5 minutes and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Garnish with cilantro, and serve with corn tortillas and Mexican crema (or sour cream). Enjoy!

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4 Reviews

fearlessem April 24, 2011
This sounds fantastic, and I am itching to make it! Quick question -- when you say pork chops -- as in regular pork loin chops? Or should it be something fattier like pork shoulder / boneless country-style ribs? I just wasn't sure if loin chops would get too dry...
The D. April 25, 2011
I can't wait for you to try it! Pork loin chops will work perfectly and they won't dry out. Let me know what you think when you make it!
StacyG April 23, 2011
I made this last night and it is so good! This recipe is delicious comfort food and will definitely make my repertoire. My family loved it. The zucchini cooks down into a sauce and everything melds together perfectly.
The D. April 24, 2011
I'm so glad you enjoyed it!