Creamy Chayote Zucchini Side Dish

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A creamy chayote zucchini side inspired in mom’s original recipe is our suggestion for the weekly menu!

How to make the creamy chayote zucchini side dish
How to make the creamy chayote zucchini side dish

I grew up eating comforting side dishes that can be served as main dishes too. And this creamy chayote zucchini side dish is the perfect example. It could become a complete meal if served with a salad and a side of rice. Or could go along with grilled chicken or a bistec or thin steak.

Chayote and Zucchini are related
Chayote and Zucchini are related

My mom was used to make this recipe for us that is what inspired me to make it again for my family. However, I did a few changes to the original recipe. I have added chayote and roasted poblano peppers and a combination of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese instead of asadero or Chihuahua cheese.

Ingredients for making the creamy chayote zucchini side dish
Ingredients for making the creamy chayote zucchini side dish

Asadero cheese is similar to Oaxaca cheese but has milkier flavor. Many suggest to use mozzarella instead of asadero, but that cheese isn’t as flavorful as the Mexican original cheese. It is difficult to find it in my area same as Chihuahua cheese which resembles a mild Manchego. Both are perfect for quesadillas. I have had some luck on Amazon though.

Family memories and farming.

Comforting side dish that can become a main dish
Comforting side dish that can become a main dish

Northern cuisine in Mexico is all about milk, cheese, cream, beef, potatoes, and flour tortillas. Not to mention apples, peaches, quince, pecans, and wheat. All grown and harvested in that state.

My family is from Chihuahua, and one of my uncles had a milk farm. We were spoiled as we would get a supply of both asadero and Chihuahua cheese on a regular basis.

Make the Chayote Zucchini Side Dish

Nothing like a good homemade dish
Nothing like a good homemade dish

This recipe is very simple to make and it is ready in no time. Both the chayote and the zucchini cook fast and we like them al dente for a crunchy texture. Check all the details on the recipe card below.

How to make the creamy chayote zucchini side dish

Creamy Chayote Zucchini Side Dish

Chef Adriana Martin
The Creamy Chayote Zucchini Side Dish has chopped Vidalia onion, roasted poblano peppers, garlic, zucchini, chayote, crema Mexicana or creme fraiche, and chicken bouillon. 
4.97 from 27 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican Cuisine
Servings 6 servings
Calories 180 kcal


  • Pot
  • Cooking utensils


  • 1 Vidalia onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 3 zucchinis cleaned and cubed
  • 2 chayotes peeled and cubed
  • 2 poblano peppers roasted, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups crema mexicana or creme fraiche
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses


  • Saute the onions and the garlic with some cooking oil. Add the poblano peppers, the chayotes, and the zucchini. 
  • Season with chicken bouillon and add some water. Cook covered for 10 minutes.  
  • Add the crema Mexicana or creme fraiche and combine. Add the shredded cheese and cover for 5-7 minutes. 
  • Serve hot and enjoy as a side dish or as a main meal. 


It is recommended to cook this dish on a dutch oven for better results. 


Serving: 0gCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgPotassium: 0mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gVitamin A: 0IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 0mgIron: 0mg
Keyword chayote, zucchini
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Bon appetit, enjoy this easy side dish with your family and start using chayotes because those add fiber and texture to the meals. You can opt to try the creamy chayote soup too!

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5 stars
My husband (who has high culinary standards) and I thoroughly enjoyed this as the main dish at our dinner table. I had no poblano peppers or crema mexicana/creme fraiche and still don’t know what a chayote even is, but I substituted the chayote with corn cut fresh off the cob, put in 8 oz of coconut milk instead of the crema mexicana/creme fraiche and used the rest fo a jar of Mamma’s hot green salsa instead of the poblano peppers and it was absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for this inspired recipe.

Mary Bostow

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O, God! What a great recipe! This is a good idea too. Something very unique and colorful. Need to try it out.


5 stars
This sounds AMAZING! I saw chayotes in my store before, looks like I now know what to do with them!


5 stars
What a unique way to use zucchini! Definitely a great way to switch it up – can’t wait to try!

Lauren Vavala

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This soup would be a much welcomed change! I love the flavors and the fact that it’s creamy – yum!

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