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Recipe: Indian Succotash

Corn is the star of this delicious Indian Succotash recipe! In fact, the word succotash refers to the use of corn and lima beans as the primary ingredients of this dish — and with good reason! Corn is an important source of magnesium, while lima beans contain fiber and carbohydrates. These nutrients are all used by your body to keep it up and running. Your body uses carbohydrates as an energy source, magnesium maintains healthy muscles, and fiber helps with digestion.

That means that this Indian Succotash will be an important part of your healthy diet! It can be prepared very quickly as a low-calorie snack or side dish. This makes six servings, with only 160 calories in each serving. This recipe is also very flexible! Vegetarians can leave out the beef, and people who prefer a leaner protein can substitute the beef for chicken or turkey. These all sound like pretty good reasons to add this recipe to your repertoire as soon as possible!

Don’t forget to visit your local farmer’s market to support local agriculture and get some corn for your recipe while it’s in season!


1 cup lean ground beef*

1 cup lima beans (frozen, cooked and drained)

1 can corn (15 1/2 ounce, drained)**

1 can tomatoes (15 1/2 ounce, broken up)***

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg


1. Brown ground beef in pan. Drain excess liquid.

2. Add remaining ingredients except nutmeg. Cover and simmer 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

3. Sprinkle with nutmeg before serving

Nutrition Information: 

Total Calories: 160


Total Fat: 3.5 g


Protein: 10 g

Carbohydrates: 19 g


Dietary Fiber: 4 g


Saturated Fat: 1 g


Sodium: 420 mg




*To reduce fat, use ground beef that is 90% lean or higher.
**May use “no salt added” canned corn and tomatoes for less sodium.
***May use pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or ginger in place of nutmeg.


Recipe courtesy of United States Department of Agriculture.