What does Succotash mean?

Succotash is a very old Native American dish often made from two staple crops native to the Americas, corn and beans. Natives often added meat, butter or even bear fat to their recipes. The name comes from the Algonquian Indian word msickquatash, which means boiled whole-kernel corn or also, broken to bits.

What’s in it?

Traditionally, lima beans are an essential ingredient. Sadly, the delicious lima bean may not be available to everyone, so some folks use green beans, and some use navy beans. Succotash can be a dish that tells the story of your region, depending on what you add to it. In the South, we like to add okra!

Okra Succotash YumMAKE IT!


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound fresh or frozen cut okra

1 cup frozen corn

1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies (mild)

1 (15-ounce) can white navy beans, rinsed and drained

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat and stir-fry okra for several minutes. Add remaining ingredients, mixing well.
  2. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes or until okra is tender, stirring occasionally. Season to taste.

Makes 8 servings


Kids can help measure out 1 pound of okra in the scale at the supermarket. Teach kids that eating with color is the key to nutrition – check out the colors in this dish!

Get Up & Geaux Activity!

While your Succotash simmers, get down with this fun activity!



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