Crockpot Calabacitas Recipe

Happy Tuesday!

run across bridge (800x800)

This morning I did a slow recovery 4 miler to check in with my body and see what’s up. I’m feeling good considering I ran 26.2 miles on Sunday. I bet that ice cream, I mean ice bath really helped.

morning run (800x800)

After the race on Sunday I went to my mom’s to hang out with the fam. My dad has a little garden and the tomatoes and zucchini are thriving. I stole this MASSIVE zucchini to make calabacitas.

huge zucchini from garden (450x800)

Calabacitas = Mexican Zucchini dish

Growing up my Grams would make calabacitas with zucchini, corn, beans and tomatoes. Then she’d top it with cheese to serve. It wasn’t until college when I was going through my vegetarian years that I really learned to appreciate it, and now I LOVE it. Her version is soupy, so mine it too.

Except… she used fresh homemade beans for her dish and I’m using canned. Busted! No one tell her or I’m not sharing the recipe.

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calabacitas recipe

Crockpot Calabacitas Recipe

{Vegetarian, Mexican, Gluten Free}


  • 3-4 cups chopped zucchini
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cans fire roasted  chopped tomatoes (regular is fine, but requires more seasoning)
  • 2 cups roasted corn
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed <- Add when almost done.
  • garlic powder, salt, pepper to taste
  • shredded cheese (add when serving)

crockpot calabacitas recipe vegetarian gluten free

Directions: Chop zucchini in 1-2 inch pieces. You want them a bit bigger than bite size as they cook down. Place all ingredients except  beans & cheese in crockpot. Stir. Cook on low 4 hours. Add beans about 10 minutes before serving to warm. Done! Serve with cheese!

crockpot calabacitas recipe vegetarian

easy vegetarian gluten free crockpot recipe

Since this dish has beans and corn it’s pretty filling so you can serve it as a main vegetarian dish over some rice. It also works as a side dish with chicken or meatballs (I made turkey meatballs too).

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Question: Do you grow any of your own food?

I really want to move out to the middle of no-where and have a huge garden and chickens.


  1. april says

    i’ve been craving a vegetable stew/chili-type dish and i have tons of zucchini – this recipe looks perfect! thanks for sharing =)

  2. says

    WOW that looks awesome!!
    My mom has some huge zucchini she wants to give me. I can’t grow plants. And if I somehow did, they would die!
    My mom grows sooo much stuff. Cantaloupe, zucchini, acorn squash, yellow squash, tomatoes, lettuce, kale, string beans, hot peppers, mild peppers, corn, broccoli, cauliflower and I think that’s it haha.

  3. says

    that looks delicious! I don’t have a yard, so that makes growing things difficult…next spring I really want to do a small boxed garden on my porch for herbs and tomatoes….and mint leaves for delicious cocktails.

    We get fresh produce from a local farmers program…one seasonal membership for more veggies than you know what to do with.

  4. says

    My neighbor came over and put a tomato plant in my front yard, so I’m growing those! haha. It’s pretty cool. I don’t have to do anything to it. She takes care of it, and I get tomatoes….which my 7 yr old eats like their apples!

  5. says

    That looks so good!! I need to try it!

    I don’t grow any of my own food yet. But I live in a tiny studio apartment and barely have room for myself. 😉

  6. Laura says

    Thanks for the recipe, I’m always on the hunt for more zucchini recipes. We have a garden with zucchini (they grow like crazy), tomatoes, red, yellow and green bell peppers, jalapeños, Serrano peppers, eggplant, and lots of herbs. It is really great to have!

  7. says

    Yum – this looks tasty!!! This would make great lunches for me (I guess I could share with the boys but…) I don’t garden – too expensive since I keep killing things I try to grow!

  8. says

    This looks great! Thanks for the recipe. What are “homemade” beans? Dried ones that have been hydrated or fresh from the garden beans? Once I get a house (hopefully this winter!) the first thing I am doing is building a garden!

  9. says

    That looks awesome and tasty! I have a little mini garden behind our townhouse, mostly full of stuff that’s hard to kill: tomatoes, jalapenos, banana peppers, basil, rosemary, and cilantro (though I did kill the cilantro). I try to only grow stuff I use all the time!

  10. says

    Mmmmm, this recipe looks delish! And healthy! That 26.2 mile run sounds even more delightful. How do you train for something like that? The most I’ve ever done is 5k. Your lengths are super admirable. Congrats! xoxo

  11. says

    I had no idea what calabacitas was before reading this post, but it sounds like something I’d LOVE! I live in a condo and don’t have much room for a veggie garden, but in my ‘grown up house’ (LOL – whenever that happens!) I fully intend to have my own mini produce department!

  12. Laura says

    Haha….I have a lovely garden as well as 6 chickens :) Though it is harder to run when you live in the middle of nowhere, versus living in town, it is certainly worth it. So I have to run on my treadmill if it’s dark and I don’t want to drive into town…it’s worth it when I pick my own food and collect fresh eggs!

  13. says

    This looks great for a summer dish! Too bad I can’t get any local corn or zucchini anymore :(

    I have a peach tree that produces an overwhelming amount of peaches. I always wanted to have a vegetable garden, but we have way too many deer!

  14. val says

    I TRY to grow a small garden each year. In return I get a few tomatoes, some Kale and a million jalapeno peppers. Nothing else seems to take..oh well. I love a fresh tomato and trying to grow fresh veggies gets my little ones involved in the kitchen and more willing to try the veggies I give them.

  15. says

    This summer (for the very first time) I tried my hand at growing tomatoes in a container. I probably didn’t get the right kind of tomatoes because they were an odd size; not small enough to be grape or cherry tomatoes but not big enough to slice for a sandwich. They were good but not what I was expecting and after about a month, I was over watering & feeding them. Maybe I’ll try one more time next summer.

  16. Catie says

    If you want to move to the middle of nowhere, right next door to my house is pretty much dead center of the middle of nowhere. Which totally sucks for running (no street lamps, night shifters half asleep on the way home, not a good combo) but is perfect for gardening. I have a large garden and 20 hens, which is awesome because organic produce and free range eggs in the middle of Kansas pretty much cost your soul.

  17. Brook says

    Thanks for posting such healthy yummy recipes! I tried this one too and it blew me away! I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be so tasty. I hardly had to add extra seasoning. Love that!

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