• 2lb. Diced cacti
  • 1lb. Tomatillos
  • Green jalapeño peppers (to your taste)
  • ½ Fresh cilantro
  • 1 Medium onion
  • Garlic 1 ½ spoon full
  • Salt
  • 1 chicken broth Knorr cube
  • 3 tbs. Oil


  1. In a medium pot place the cactus, ½ onion, 1 garlic bulb and salt.
  2. Pour water until the ingredients are covered. Cover the pan and leave until they boil and are soft.
  3. In another smaller pot add the vegetable oil and the other ½ onion to fry. Once the onion is fried, place it in the blender along with the tomatillos, pepper and ½ teaspoon of garlic.
  4.  Once all of these ingredients are blended place them in the original smaller pot with oil then add the cacti, cilantro, 1 chicken broth Knorr cube and a glass of water. Cover the pot and let it boil for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Nopales comes from the Nahuatl word nohpalli for the pads of the cacti plant. The plant is a common ingredient in Mexican dishes and can be served as a toping. However, this recipe serves as a main dish. It was my favorite growing up along with the agua de nopal.