Skillet Mexican Zucchini

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Skillet Mexican Zucchini is incredibly delicious with a little bit of a kick from the jalapeño topped with melted queso blanco. So easy and quick, a must try!

This zucchini is incredibly delicious with a little bit of a Mexican kick from the jalapeno then topped with melted queso blanco. It's also easy and quick, a must try!
Mexican Zucchini

I can’t get enough of zucchini in the summer, in fact I have an entire section of Zucchini Recipes in my index if you need more ideas.

I’m a bit of a cookbook addict. It’s a problem as I’m running out of room in my home for all my books, but that never stops me from buying new ones. But the biggest problem is that I kinda neglect them. But this weekend I was thumbing through the Aaron Sanchez’s (who is one of the judges on Chopped – one of my favorite shows) cookbook Simple Food, Big Flavor (affil link) who is also one of the judges on Chopped and I came across his Mexican recipe for zucchini.

You MUST try this! I only made a few tweaks using less oil, and and rather than making a cilantro pesto, I added minced cilantro pickled jalapeno for kick. It totally exceeded my expectations.

How To Make Skillet Mexican Zucchini

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Mexican zucchini in a black cast iron skillet with a wooden spoon.
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Skillet Mexican Zucchini

102 Cals 5 Protein 8 Carbs 6 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Yield: 4 Servings
COURSE: Side Dish
CUISINE: Mexican
Skillet Mexican Zucchini is incredibly delicious with a little bit of a kick from the jalapeño topped with melted queso blanco.


  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb zucchini, diced
  • 1 large tomato, cored, seeded and diced
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp minced pickled jalapeño
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso blanco, or queso fresco, cotija or feta
  • fresh lime juice, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Cook the garlic in oil in a large skillet over medium heat 1 minute, stirring until sizzling.
  • Add zucchini and cook stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes or until slightly softened.
  • Add the tomato and green
 onion and cook about 3 minutes.
  • Remove skillet from heat and add cilantro, jalapeño and lime juice.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with queso blanco. Serve hot.



Serving: 1/4th of the recipe, Calories: 102kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 211mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g
WW Points Plus: 4
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  1. Yum. So tasty. Delish! Just a few words to describe thos recipe. Served it with grilled corn and grilled pork chops. Has a kick but just flavorful and not hot. Iadded a few shakes of chili powder. I could turn it into a veggie main if I put it over rice. Easy to prepare. Big flavor!

  2. Deee-licious! I doubled up on the garlic, added a yellow squash, an ear of corn and a can of black beans. Added more tomato and extra cilantro and scallion as some taco seasoning. This is a great adaptable recipe, thanks!

  3. This was amazing! I made it for a family dinner to be “my side” with the meal for my keto diet. And my family all ended up demolishing it too. I was scraping the few bits left from the pan for me 😂

    I used feta since I couldn’t find cotija. I think I’m going to make it again tomorrow…

  4. Very tasty and fresh!! Finally a veggie side to go with Mexican food instead of starchy beans and rice!!

  5. As usual skinny taste is not fail to deliver! This recipe is outstanding just a few simple things turns a zucchini into something absolutely delicious!