A One Pot Meal: Hearty Calabaza Stew, a Tex-Mex Recipe

This Hearty Calabaza Stew is packed full of flavor and is made in just one pot!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword goulash, Mexican, squash, stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 381 kcal
Author Stacey aka the Soccer Mom


  • 1-2 lbs ground chuck
  • 1 green and 1 red bell pepper
  • 2-4 Mexican calabaza squash
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 ears of corn may substitute 1 can of corn
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 TB tomato paste
  • 2 cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp diced garlic
  • 1 tsp garlic powder if all you have is powdered, just double this amount
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 package pasta we used quinoa pasta-- elbows, spirals,or shells work well


  1. Prep Veggies: De-vein and dice peppers, dice onions.
  2. Shuck corn and then remove kernels from the cobs. (It's easiest to do this over a bowl to avoid corn going everywhere.) Cut the cobs in half and set aside. Don't throw them away yet!
  3. Cut the ends off the calabaza. Cut each squash in half lengthwise; chop into 1/2 inch slices.
  4. Begin adding ingredients to pot: Add onions, peppers, and diced garlic; sauté in olive oil until soft.
  5. Add ground beef, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika and cook until beef starts to brown. (For a lighter version, pause here to drain the oil from the beef.)
  6. Add canned tomatoes and tomato paste.
  7. Add calabaza, corn cobs and bay leaves. Add pasta. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Leave covered and cook for 20-30 minutes. The longer everything stews together, the more intense the flavors will be.
  8. Remove corn cobs and bay leaves before serving.
Nutrition Facts
A One Pot Meal: Hearty Calabaza Stew, a Tex-Mex Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 506mg22%
Potassium 1485mg42%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 27580IU552%
Vitamin C 88.9mg108%
Calcium 169mg17%
Iron 4.8mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.