Nopalitos con Papas (Cactus with Potatoes)


Tender cactus (nopalitos) and potatoes (papas) are sautéed with onion, tomato, and jalapeño in this easy Mexican-inspired side dish. Cactus tastes like cooked green beans!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into strips

  • 1 (16 ounce) jar sliced nopalitos, drained and rinsed

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 1 small tomato, diced

  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper, minced (Optional)

  • salt to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add potatoes, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Stir in the nopalitos, onion, tomato, jalapeño, and salt. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and translucent and potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

220 Calories
7g Fat
36g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 220
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 55mg 275%
Calcium 215mg 17%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 1170mg 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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