Stewed Chayote with White Wine, Raisins, Pumpkin Seeds

Stewed Chayote in White Wine




Yield 4 servings

Chayote, white onion and raisins stewed in white wine and garnished with pumpkin seeds or pine nuts. A delicious vegan Mexican recipe.



  1. Peel the chayote. Remove the seeds and chop into 1"pieces.
  2. Chop the onion into 3/4" pieces.
  3. Heat up the oil gently and add the garlic, onion, and half a serrano chili (de-seeded). Let cook for a few minutes and then add the raisins, chayote and white wine. Cover and simmer on a low light for 20 minutes.
  4. The chayote will be firm and crunchy, but tender when ready. While the chayote is simmering toast the pine nuts (or pumpkin seeds) until brown.
  5. For the last few minutes uncover the chayote so the wine cooks off. Add salt and pepper. Pour the chayote into a serving bowl and top with the nuts.


Cooking tip:

My friend Alicia taught me this old Mexican trick to avoid the after-effects of chili oil on your hands that can in turn sting your eyes. After handling the chili do not wash your hands. It will only spread the oil. Instead rub your hands through your hair (if bald, find someone else’s hair!) the hair will absorb the oil perfectly. Then you may wash with soap and water.

Courses Vegetable

Cuisine Mexican

Recipe by Mexican Food Journal at