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Nopalitos

 

 

Nopalitos

Nopal is the Spanish name for the prickly pear cactus. The pads are delicious and can be eaten as a salad or cooked, as below. The juice from the prickly pear cactus is also useful in Native American craftwork, specifically painting with earth paints.

1 lb pork
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp seasoning salt
Cumin (to taste)
Salt and pepper (to taste)
2 8 oz cans tomato sauce
1 lg can stewed tomatoes
1 lb green cactus, peeled & diced
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 lg onion, diced
3 c water

Cactus (fresh, small, thick pads): Remove spines with knife and peel or purchase at market in a jar, diced and packed in its own juices. You can usually find it at Mexican markets; the cactus referred to is generally prickly-pear cactus.

Cube the pork; fry in a skillet with onion and garlic. In a large Dutch oven, add all ingredients, salt and pepper to taste and 1/4 tsp. cumin and seasoned salt. Heat for one hour. Serve with crusty bread.


 

   
   
 

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