Texas Jalapeno Squash Casserole – Yellow Squash Casserole (no crackers)

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Texas Jalapeno Squash Casserole is a new take on our favorite yellow squash casserole featuring diced jalapeno for a bit of heat and crushed Frito chips for a crunchy topping. This summer squash casserole (no crackers) is a great summer side dish.

Summer or yellow quash is a great base for baked casseroles. They don’t have a ton of flavor allowing your other ingredients to really shine. We like to use squash instead of potatoes or even pasta in our cheesy casseroles making them a slightly “lighter” side dish.

Texas Jalapeno Squash Casserole Recipe:

I guess you could say I’m a bit of a connoisseur of yellow squash casseroles.

For instance, I make a mean Kentucky Summer Squash Casserole.

Kentucky Southern Squash Casserole is the perfect way to turn those yellow squash into a family friendly side dish. Starring butter crackers and cheese, it's the perfect combination of flavor and texture. This recipe will soon become a summer staple.

And let’s not forget my Cheesy Squash Casserole.

With a buttery, crunchy top, this Cheesy Summer Squash and Zucchini Casserole is a perfect side dish. 

Bacon Cheeseburger Squash Casserole

What do you get when you combine your favorite summer sandwich with a humble summer vegetable?  Bacon Cheeseburger Yellow Squash Casserole is a great way to amp up all those summer squash and convert them into a meal fit for your entire family. 

All of these summer squash casseroles are staples at my house. But, I now have a new summer squash recipe in my repertoire.

Yellow Squash Casserole (no crackers)

I love this spicy, Tex Mex version of yellow squash casserole. It features diced jalapenos and a crunchy topping of crushed corn chips. The spicy jalapenos and the salty chips pair nicely with the mild flavor of yellow squash.

I found this new version in my Vegetables on the Side Cook Book. I made a few minor adjustments (including the Fritos). Even my kids ate it up without complaining. Even though this is a Spicy Tex Mex Squash Casserole, I tend to stay on the less spicy spectrum by removing the seeds in the jalapenos.

But, the spice level is up to you. If you are a heat-loving family, add in the jalapeno seeds.

Ingredient List for Yellow Squash Casserole without crackers

Yellow Squash (also called summer squash), cut into small cubes

Butter (or margarine)

Onion, diced

Jalapeno, chopped

Dried Oregano

Salt

Black Pepper

Cheddar Cheese, grated

Fritos (Frito corn chips), crushed

How To Make Tex Mex Summer Squash Casserole:

  1. Steam (or boil) cubed yellow squash until crisp tender; drain if needed.
  2. In a small skillet, sauté chopped onions in butter until translucent.
  3. Mix together steamed summer squash, cooked onions, diced jalapeno, dried oregano, shredded cheese, salt and pepper; pour into a 1 1/2-quart baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Sprinkle crushed Frito corn chips (or tortilla chips) over the top.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbling.

For the full instructions and ingredient amounts for summer squash casserole with jalapenos, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Notes About Yellow Squash Casserole with Jalapenos:

  • This recipe is called Texas summer squash casserole because it features diced jalapenos and a crushed Frito corn chip topping.
  • For more heat, leave the jalapeno seeds in the casserole, or for less, remove the seeds.
  • Substitute out Fritos for crushed butter crackers or buttered bread crumbs, if desired.
  • To prepare the summer squash, either steam it in a boiler pan or boil in water.  Be sure not to over-cook it. The end result should be crisp-tender, not mushy.
  • Colby Jack or Monterrey Jack cheese can be substituted for Cheddar cheese.
  • I prefer to grate my own cheese for this Texas Style Squash Casserole as opposed to using the pre-shredded type. But in a pinch, the bagged kind works just fine.
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More Yellow Squash Recipes:

Roasted Summer Squash with Parmesan:

Summer Roasted Vegetables takes your favorite garden bounty and makes the perfect side dish.  Roasting vegetables in olive oil, salt and pepper brings out incredible flavor, and the addition of Parmesan cheese at the end takes it over the top. You will soon be adding this to your list of favorite side dishes. 

Stewed Yellow Squash and Tomatoes:

Stewed Summer Squash and Tomatoes is a light side dish that can be served along the meat of your choice or eaten alone for a vegetarian option.  A base of onions, tomatoes and peppers compliment zucchini and yellow squash, and it's made in one skillet, making kitchen clean-up a cinch. 

Ground Beef Stuffed Squash

What can I make with yellow squash? Here's a solution to too many southern squash growing in the garden. Ground Beef Stuffed Squash is a Southern Stuffed Yellow Squash Recipe that is cheesy, beefy and delicious.

Pan Roasted Summer Squash

Wondering how to use up yellow squash? Pan Roasted Summer Squash is healthy and delicious with only five total ingredients. The result is a sweet side dish that meets a keto, low carb and clean eating diet. 

Does yellow squash need peeled before cooking?

Yellow squash, also called summer squash, has a thin, edible peel on the outside.  There’s no need to peel if before cooking. Just give the squash a good wash down in water, chop it up and use it in your favorite yellow squash recipe.

Can you eat the skin of yellow squash?

Yes, yellow squash has a very thin skin that makes it edible and easy to digest.  Leave the skin on before preparing your favorite summer squash dish.

Texas Jalapeno Squash Casserole - Yellow Squash Casserole (no crackers)

Texas Jalapeno Squash Casserole is a new take on our favorite yellow squash casserole featuring diced jalapeno for a bit of heat and crushed Frito chips for a crunchy topping.  Summer squash casserole (no crackers) is a great summer side dish. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spicy summer squash cassserole, Summer Squash casserole, tex mex summer squash casserole, Texas Jalapeno Squash Casserole, texas style yellow squash casserole, Yellow Squash Casserole, yellow squash casserole with jalapenos, yellow squash casserole without crackers
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 176kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 4 cups diced yellow summer squash
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (with or without seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup crushed Frito corn chips

Instructions

  • Steam diced summer squash in a double boiler until crisp tender, approximately 5 minutes. (Or boil in water until crisp tender, and drain well).
    Texas Jalapeno Squash Casserole is a new take on our favorite yellow squash casserole featuring diced jalapeno for a bit of heat and crushed Frito chips for a crunchy topping.
  • In a small skillet, melt butter and saute onions until translucent.
  • Mix together steamed squash, sauteed onions, diced jalapeno, oregano, cheese and salt and pepper.
    Texas Jalapeno Squash Casserole is a new take on our favorite yellow squash casserole featuring diced jalapeno for a bit of heat and crushed Frito chips for a crunchy topping.
  • Pour mixture unto a 1 1/2 quart baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
    Texas Jalapeno Squash Casserole is a new take on our favorite yellow squash casserole featuring diced jalapeno for a bit of heat and crushed Frito chips for a crunchy topping.
  • Sprinkle with crushed Frito corn chips.
    Texas Jalapeno Squash Casserole is a new take on our favorite yellow squash casserole featuring diced jalapeno for a bit of heat and crushed Frito chips for a crunchy topping.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.
    Texas Jalapeno Squash Casserole is a new take on our favorite yellow squash casserole featuring diced jalapeno for a bit of heat and crushed Frito chips for a crunchy topping.  Summer squash casserole (no crackers) is a great summer side dish. 

Notes

  • The reason this is called a Texas summer squash casserole is because it features diced jalapenos and a crushed Frito topping.
  • For more heat, leave the jalapeno seeds in the casserole, or for less, remove the seeds.
  • Substitute out Fritos for crushed butter crackers or buttered bread crumbs, if desired.
  • To prepare the summer squash, either steam it in a boiler pan or boil in water.  Be sure not to over-cook it. The end result should be crisp-tender, not mushy.
  • Colby Jack or Monterrey Jack cheese can be substituted for Cheddar cheese.
  • I prefer to grate my own cheese for this Texas Style Squash Casserole as opposed to using the pre-shredded type. But in a pinch, the bagged kind works just fine.
  • Try a couple more yellow squash casseroles including Kentucky Squash Casserole and Cheesy Squash Casserole

Nutrition

Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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