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Looking for authentic Cinco de Mayo food ideas? Then you have to try this easy, garden-fresh calabacitas recipe with your favorite Food Should Taste Good™ Tortilla Chips and Mexican beer.

A few years ago, we were on a summer road trip when we stopped for a quick lunch at a Mexican restaurant. I was expecting the same, familiar choices you find at many American Mexican restaurants. But the cuisine at this particular restaurant was unique, delicious and authentic.

My husband and I were most taken with a simple side dish of zucchini and corn, known as calabacitas con elote.

Looking for some Cinco De Mayo food to serve besides traditional salsa? Check out this garden-fresh, calabacitas-style salsa made with zucchini, corn, squash, onions and jalapenos. It's great paired with your favorite chips and Mexican beer. #foodshouldtastegood #sponsored

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, I put a twist on the traditional calabacitas recipe by whipping up a chunky salsa that pairs well with any of my favorite varieties of Food Should Taste Good™ Tortilla Chips and Mexican beer.

Looking for some Cinco De Mayo food to serve besides traditional salsa? Check out this garden-fresh, calabacitas-style salsa made with zucchini, corn, squash, onions and jalapenos. It's great paired with your favorite chips and Mexican beer. #foodshouldtastegood #sponsored

In addition to zucchini and corn, this salsa includes squash, jalapenos, red onion and queso fresco cheese and spices.

Looking for some Cinco De Mayo food to serve besides traditional salsa? Check out this garden-fresh, calabacitas-style salsa made with zucchini, corn, squash, onions and jalapenos. It's great paired with your favorite chips and Mexican beer. #foodshouldtastegood #sponsored

You’ll love how well these simple flavors blend.

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Calabacitas Salsa
 
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This chunky, garden-fresh calabacitas-style salsa is made with zucchini, squash, corn, onions, jalapeno peppers and spices. Serve it hot as a side dish or cold as a salsa with your favorite tortilla chips.
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Recipe type: Side Dish, Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • 1 Tabespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 cups corn
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 2 yellow squash, diced
  • 1 or 2 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and finely diced
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 lime
  • salt
  • 1 cup queso fresco cheese, crumbled
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add corn and saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Add zucchini and squash and saute for 2 minutes more
  4. Add red onion and jalapeno and saute until vegetables are tender.
  5. Season with the juice of one lime and salt liberally, to taste.
  6. Allow to cool completely, then toss with crumbled queso fresco cheese.
  7. Serve with Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips.

 

Looking for some Cinco De Mayo food to serve besides traditional salsa? Check out this garden-fresh, calabacitas-style salsa made with zucchini, corn, squash, onions and jalapenos. It's great paired with your favorite chips and Mexican beer. #foodshouldtastegood #sponsored

One really great thing about this recipe is that it can be served hot as a side dish, or cold as a salsa. Either way is delicious.

Looking for some Cinco De Mayo food to serve besides traditional salsa? Check out this garden-fresh, calabacitas-style salsa made with zucchini, corn, squash, onions and jalapenos. It's great paired with your favorite chips and Mexican beer. #foodshouldtastegood #sponsored

But since it’s almost Cinco de Mayo and it is also prime time for hanging out on the deck or patio, I’m really loving it as a salsa.

Looking for some Cinco De Mayo food to serve besides traditional salsa? Check out this garden-fresh, calabacitas-style salsa made with zucchini, corn, squash, onions and jalapenos. It's great paired with your favorite chips and Mexican beer. #foodshouldtastegood #sponsored

I paired it with an assortment of Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips, which are all made from simple, wholesome ingredients. Food Should Taste Good believes in crafting better snacks, as they know food tastes best when it’s made with real ingredients. The chips are also non-GMO, certified Kosher and certified gluten-free.

Looking for some Cinco De Mayo food to serve besides traditional salsa? Check out this garden-fresh, calabacitas-style salsa made with zucchini, corn, squash, onions and jalapenos. It's great paired with your favorite chips and Mexican beer. #foodshouldtastegood #sponsored

There are so many terrific flavors, but we really like Jalapeno with Cheddar, Multigrain, Cantina and Lime flavors with my calabacitas.

The Lime and Jalapeno with Cheese varieties really complement the flavors in the recipe. The Multigrain Tortilla Chips are thick enough to stand up to a chunky dip like this, plus they’re super delish, with a slightly nutty flavor. And you can’t go wrong with crowd-pleasing, crispy Cantina Tortilla Chips when celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

Looking for some Cinco De Mayo food to serve besides traditional salsa? Check out this garden-fresh, calabacitas-style salsa made with zucchini, corn, squash, onions and jalapenos. It's great paired with your favorite chips and Mexican beer. #foodshouldtastegood #sponsored

My husband can’t handle food that is super spicy, so I only used one diced jalapeno pepper, with the seeds removed, when I made this dish.

But I like a little more spice, so I added some fresh, sliced jalapenos as a garnish. You’re welcome to add as many spicy peppers as you can handle when making the recipe.

Looking for some Cinco De Mayo food to serve besides traditional salsa? Check out this garden-fresh, calabacitas-style salsa made with zucchini, corn, squash, onions and jalapenos. It's great paired with your favorite chips and Mexican beer. #foodshouldtastegood #sponsored

Just be sure you have a light Mexican beer, like Tecate, on hand to chase the heat.

Looking for some Cinco De Mayo food to serve besides traditional salsa? Check out this garden-fresh, calabacitas-style salsa made with zucchini, corn, squash, onions and jalapenos. It's great paired with your favorite chips and Mexican beer. #foodshouldtastegood #sponsored

Don’t forget to pin this calabacitas recipe. It’s the perfect Cinco de Mayo dip and an all-round spring and summertime snack.

I’ll be sharing more snacks, drink pairings and outdoor entertaining party ideas featuring Food Should Taste Good over the next several weeks.

In the meantime, check out these recipes. You’ll find lots of ideas for Cinco de Mayo food:

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This Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Dip is always the hit of the party! And it's so easy to make! Sometimes called "white trash dip," it's made with just three ingredients. Just dump them all into the Crock Pot, stir and heat!

Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Dip



Comments

  1. That looks so tasty! Pinned!

  2. I want to make that RIGHT now! And those chips look awesome.

  3. I’d never heard of this before, but the flavor combination sounds tasty. Thanks for partying with us on Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays.
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  4. This looks delicious! Love Mexican inspired food.

  5. I’ve had this before, so good!! Love your photos. I want to eat it off my screen! Thanks for stopping by #HomeMattersParty

  6. This looks marvelous and so different from anything I’ve had before! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!

    Mollie
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  7. I’ve made corn salsa but, this recipe looks yummy! Another to try. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight Party. Pinned & shared.
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