Calabacitas con Elote (Courgette with Sweetcorn)

    50 min

    This is an extremely popular Mexican side dish. So good, in fact, that Mexicans often double the recipe and eat this as a main with warm tortillas.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 375g fresh sweetcorn kernels
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 4 tablespoons chopped onion
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 450g courgette, sliced
    • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 fresh poblano chilli or long green pepper - seeded, deveined and chopped
    • salt and black pepper to taste
    • 4 tablespoons crumbled cotija cheese

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Place the sweetcorn in a saucepan with enough water to cover; bring to the boil. Place a cover on the saucepan, reduce heat to medium, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat; cook and stir the onion and garlic in the hot oil until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Mix the courgette and tomato into the onion and garlic; cook together 5 minutes. Stir the sweetcorn kernels into the mixture; add the green pepper. Season with salt and pepper; stir. Cover the frying pan with a lid and cook until the courgette is tender, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with the cotija cheese to serve.

    Cotija cheese...

    Cotija is a sharp, hard Mexican grating cheese. If you can't find cotija, use Parmesan, Pecorino Romano or Mizithra (a hard Greek grating cheese).

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    Easy to make, lovely blend of flavours and textures and so colourful too. This has become my favourite courgette dish!  -  26 Jul 2017


    very yummy and easy to make  -  13 Oct 2010


    cotija is a mexican cheese that is white and crumbly, similar to feta - i would try that if you can't find cotija!  -  09 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)