Tag: nopal

Nopalitos, Cactus with Red Chile

Nopalitos, Cactus with Red Chile

Nopal, cactus, is delicious and nutritious. The diminutive form of nopal, nopalitos, signals that it is one of the most endeared and important Mexican indigenous foods. Ascribed the scientific name, Opuntia ficus-indica, nopalitos are native to central and southern Mexico. Cactus spread from there throughout […]

Nopalitos Shrimp Gorditas – Cactus Is Perfect Party Dish

Nopalitos Shrimp Gorditas – Cactus Is Perfect Party Dish

Nopalitos shrimp gorditas evoke two very different landscapes of the Texas-Mexico food region:  the Gulf coast and the semi-dessert. The map shows the region of south Texas/northern Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas sharing the Gulf of Mexico.  It remains a cohesive culinary region, sharing the same […]

Nopalitos Con Huevo – Cactus With Egg Taco

Nopalitos Con Huevo – Cactus With Egg Taco

Serve nopalitos con huevo with freshly made corn tortillas. The tang and crispness of the nopalitos are wonderful for breakfast.  It’s a classic Mexican dish that’s enjoyed all over the US and Mexico, and certainly everywhere in the Texas Mexican region.  Moreover, nopalitos are a […]

Cactus Salad Is Delicious, With A Rich History

Cactus Salad Is Delicious, With A Rich History

Someone always brings cactus salad to my potluck parties.  Robust and earthy is how I would describe the flavor of cactus, and in this salad the bright colors make it an inviting buffet dish. Did you know that the cactus is  also an enduring, elemental […]