Chayote squash is part of the gourd family. According to wikipedia it is also known as christophene, vegetable pear, mirliton, choko, citrayota, chow chow, cho cho, sayote, and pear squash and is originally from mesoamerica.
I stumbled across mine rather suddenly. I walked by it in a pile of acorn squash, butternut squash and pumpkins. I knew nothing about it but quickly discovered that it features relatively prominently in Mexican cooking. That’s probably because on it’s own, it’s rather bland. Pairing it with strong tasting flavors really works well.
My Complete Mexican South American & Caribbean Cookbook has many recipes using chayote so I’m making a recipe based on that.
Some recipes I found of it online.
- Steamed Chayote with colorful peppers
- Chayote with Tomato and Green Chile
- Chayote Soup
- Crunchy Jicama and Chayote Salad
- Sweet Chayote and Coconut Curry
I decided to make a chayote with corn and chile from the earlier mentioned cookbook. However that recipe is vegetarian, so I modified it a little.
Recipe: Chayote with Corn and Chilies
Summary: Adapted from: Complete Mexican South American & Caribbean Cookbook
- 3 fresh jalapeno chilies, dry roasted
- 2 whole chayotes
- 1 whole onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can corn kernels, drained
- salt to taste
- Dry roast jalapeno chilies, allow to cool for 20 minutes
- Peel the chayotes, cut in half, remove seed and cut into cubes.
- Add chayotes, onions, garlic, and corn to frying pan. Fry for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Slice jalapeno flesh into strips (or dice). Add to chayote mixture.
- Serve with salt to taste
Preparation time: 40 minute(s)
Cooking time: 20 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegan
Diet tags: Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 4
Peel and slice the chayote into chunks. Dice onions.
Place ingredients in the frying pan.
Fry for about 10 minutes.
It’s a nice little side dish. And would be wonderful addition to a Mexican Feast.
Note: For your omnivore eaters, the original recipe recommends using cream cheese mixed in with a Parmesan garnish.
Have you ever tried Chayote?