Side Dishes/

Summer Squash with Garlic Mojo and Güero Chile

Calabacitas Rostizadas al Mojo de Ajo con Chile Güero
Servings: 4as a side dish


  • 3 or 4 fresh güero chiles (aka hot or mild banana peppers)
  • 2pounds summer squash (the tear-drop shaped, light-skinned tatume or the round ronde de nice are similar to what’s available in Mexico—both have a gentle sweetness and compact texture), skin on, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4cupRoasted Garlic Mojo
  • Salt
  • A handful of cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • A fewtablespoonsfreshly grated Mexican queso añejo or other garnishing cheese such as Romano or Parmesan, for serving


Roast the chiles over an open flame or close up under a preheated broiler, turning regularly until the skin is blackened and blistered all over, about 4 minutes for an open flame, 6 minutes for a broiler. Cool, then pull off the stems, slice the chiles in half lengthwise, gently scrape out the seeds, then flip the chiles over and scrape off the charred skin.  Slice the cleaned chile pieces crosswise into ¼-inch strips.

Lightly salt the squash. In a heavy, dry, large (10-inch) skillet over medium-high heat (or on a grill pan or prepared charcoal or heated gas grill), dry-roast (or dry-grill) the summer squash in a single layer, turning frequently, until lightly charred on all sides but still a little crunchy, about 12 minutes.

When you’re ready to serve, combine the summer squash, chiles and ¼ cup of the garlic mixture in the skillet over medium heat. Stir until hot, then taste and season with salt (usually about ¼ teaspoon). Scrape into a warm serving bowl, then sprinkle with cilantro and cheese. You’re ready to serve.

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