Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

I don't know where Nee got the name of this recipe but she made it for over 40 years and it is a family favorite.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large skillet, fry bacon until crispy.
  2. Drain, crumble and set aside, reserving 2 tablespoons bacon grease.
  3. In the reserved bacon grease, saute' the onions until clear.
  4. Add the ground beef to the onions and cook until well browned.
  5. Drain the meat, if necessary to remove most of the grease.
  6. Add the tomatoes, zucchini and squash, cover and cook until the squash is tender.
  7. Place cooked mixture in serving dish.
  8. Salt and pepper to taste, and top with crumbled bacon.
Most Helpful

Your recipe for Calabacita is very similar to my grandmother's and other latino grandmothers who have been making this dish in the South Texas area for over 70 years, though they did not use Rotel. If you salt and pepper your meat when browning you will find it enhances the flavor. Use a cast iron skillet, it works the best.

sblair13 September 16, 2007

My translation would be "little squash". Please correct me if I've missed the mark. Sounds really good. I'll give it a try soon and post a few stars for you.

Ladyfarmeror August 22, 2007