Nopales Recipes

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Tortas de Camaron

Rating: 4.5 stars
This is another recipe from my mother-in-law. She likes to serve this during Lent. It is shrimp patties fried and smothered in sauce and nopales. You may serve this with rice and tortillas (also some like to top it with cilantro), or I just eat it like a soup!

Lentil and Cactus Soup (Mom's Recipe)

Rating: 4.41 stars
This is an authentic Mexican recipe from Cueva Grande, Valparaiso, Zacatecas, Mexico. The only thing I changed was the addition of the potatoes.

Southwestern Cactus Salad

Rating: 4.32 stars
A delicious spicy salad, made from tender cactus, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, cilantro, and lemons. This is hot and spicy, so beware!

Mexican Pintos with Cactus

Rating: 4.37 stars
An honest Mexican recipe for pinto beans using bacon, chilies and cactus.

Mexican-Style Pork and Beans

Rating: 5 stars
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Nopalitos Con Papas

Rating: 4.48 stars
An authentic Mexican dish; tender cactus with potatoes. Cactus tastes like cooked green beans.

Slow Cooker Cactus Chili

Rating: 4.83 stars
A savory Southwestern chili.

Pollo con Nopales (Chicken and Cactus)

Rating: 4.21 stars
Don't let the cactus part fool you! They already sell it canned or peeled whichever you prefer. One of my bff's mom taught me this recipe and it goes great with just about anything. Not for the faint of heart if you're not into spicy things.

Pueblo Stew

Rating: 4.42 stars
Sliced cactus and spicy peppers are simmered with cubed pork and vegetables in this rich, south-of-the-border stew.

Big Star Cactus Cooler Drink

A very tasty drink, good for summer outings. The Cactus Cooler tastes more like fruit juice than an alcoholic beverage. Quite intoxicating -- make sure to designate a driver.

Guacamole with Nopales (Mexican Cactus)

Rating: 5 stars
Guacamole is served in many variations in Mexico - here it is combined with nopales, Mexican cactus paddles. [Recipe originally submitted to]

Mexican Lasagna with Cactus

Rating: 4.5 stars
This is the Italianization of a stacked enchilada. Great for a party where you need to bring something, and easy to make. Canned nopalitos (cactus) can be found in the Hispanic foods section of grocery stores.

Inspiration and Ideas

Mexican Lentil Soup with Cactus

Mexican lentil soup with cactus is a unique blend of nopale paddles, lentils, and pasilla peppers in a thick and rich chicken broth.

Baked Chimichangas with Nopales and Poblano

Low fat because you bake them! Nopales are a type of cactus that you can purchase in the Mexican food section in a jar.