Nopales are cactus here I used cooked cactus. I like using Nopales strips in a jar. They can found in grocery stores on the ethic found isle, in the Hispanic section.
For some of you this dish might seem like a very odd and foreign thing. I assure you, if you’re looking to expand your taste horizons and ‘tried foods’ repertoire, this dish is worth your time. As a child I was not too keen on the Nopales my mother prepared for us, but since her passing it’s been something I crave…
For you Momma. ❤️
Start with the sauce, or salsa. You’ll find that this sauce can stand on it’s own (in a bowl that is) as a table salsa. It’s really quite tasty.
Ready to blend…
You’ll need to break up the chorizo in the pan
Another way to enjoy this dish…
- 1 dried chipotle or one canned chipotle chile
- 2 to 3 chile de arbol
- 1 jalapeño, sliced
- 1 to 2 cloves garlic
- 3 roma tomatoe
- Olive oil spray
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
- To a small skillet, add the chipotle, chile de arbol, jalapeño, garlic and tomatoes.
- Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, turning often so that the dried chiles and garlic does not burn.
- To that same pan, add 1/2 cup of water and 1 tsp salt and cook for another 5 minutes to soften the dried peppers a little more. Transfer to blender, add the bouillon and blend on high until smooth, set aside.
- 6 ounces uncooked mexican chorizo
- 1 cup thinly sliced white onion
- 1 jar of Nopales (27 oz.), drained and rinsed
- 1/3 cup water
- Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
- Add the chorizo to a large skillet and heat to medium. Cook for 8-10 minutes.
- Add the onions and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Add the nopalitos and salsa fom blender and 1/3 cup water.
- Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 20/30 minutes, when the onions and cactus strips are soft it’s done.
- Taste for salt and pepper
Serve as is with rice, beans and warm tortillas.
Or as a taco filing.
Or top with a poached, over easy egg or egg cooked to your liking, and salsa as pictured above.
*I enjoyed my breakfast version (w/poached egg) with a corn tortilla, you might like that too. Of course a flour tortilla would have been great too.
Enjoy friends! g