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Zucchini Santa Fe

Chopped green chilies give this summer side dish lots of zip - a popular flavor around Mom's Arizona home. It's a tasty way to use up a bounty of garden vegetables. -Karen Wingate, Coldwater, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 cups sliced zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese


  • In a large skillet, saute the zucchini and onion in oil for 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add the chilies, tomato, salt if desire, pepper and garlic powder. Cook and stir for 3-4 minutes. Spoon into a serving bowl and sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 58 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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  • JoanieK53
    Jun 27, 2019

    This is always my go to zucchini recipe. Easy and delicious.

  • lshaw
    Jun 10, 2015

    Although I love zucchini, the rest of my family basically tolerates it for my sake. This dish is one way they're willing to eat it. I do add some extra zippy seasoning, such as cajun spice mixtures for a bit of "kick". I also increase the number of tomatoes, since grocery store tomatoes do not always provide good flesh all the way through and I end up throwing away parts of some. As other reviewers suggested, other types of cheeses would also be acceptable.

  • PTuttle
    Jul 9, 2013

    I made the recipe pretty much as given, except I used minced fresh garlic instead of powder and added pinch of dried Mexican oregano for a little more flavor. I also used a shredded 4 cheese Mexican cheese blend instead of a single cheese. This reminds me of a Mexican dish called calabacitas. To make the traditional dish you would add some corn, preferably frozen or fresh. Next time I'll keep adding the oregano and add the corn. Overall, a tasty recipe for zucchini. Thanks for sharing.

  • becky66
    Jan 27, 2013

    I had to eat a lot of zucchini as a I confess that it has not been one of my favorite vegetables. But when I found this recipe, it changed my mind. The combination of zucchini with the tomato and green chilies along with the seasonings makes a great-flavored side dish. Substituting parmesan cheese for the cheddar or Monterey Jack works great too.

  • ehselman
    Nov 4, 2012

    Good, but it might not even the cheese.

  • prplangelfrogz
    Jun 17, 2008

    I substituted red and orange bell peppers for the tomato, used olive oil instead of the vegetable oil, and added yellow summer squash. The result was fabulous! My whole family loved it, and have already requested for future meals.