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Nopalitos Con Papas


"An authentic Mexican dish; tender cactus with potatoes. Cactus tastes like cooked green beans."
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40 m servings 220 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Calories:
  • 220 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 36g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 5.4 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 134 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally until they begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Stir in the nopalitos, onion, tomato, and jalapeno. Season to taste with salt, and continue cooking and stirring until the onion has softened and turned translucent, and the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes more.

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  1. 17 Ratings

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This was great, only I used fresh cactus as I don't like the canned ones.

Most helpful critical review

If you like that okra with tomato mixture, you will enjoy this because it has the same flavor, just not as wet. If you don't like that, I'd recommend you find a different way to cook your nopale...

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This was great, only I used fresh cactus as I don't like the canned ones.

this recipe was really good. i had been looking for another way to use the nopales. it was so delious but the only thing that i added was some tomato bouillion which gave it extra flavor. so goo...

I found this recipe quite simple to make yet very tasting. Though to add a bit of spice, I added a habanero pepper as well.

Great recipe! I used fresh nopalitos and prepared them by boiling in water for 5-6 minutes, draining them, and boiling again for 5-6 minutes.

I had half a 30-ounce jar of nopalitos leftover from pollo con nopales (a friend's recipe), so I decided to give this a try. It's excellent! I was worried it would be a bit bland, but with the...

We love Mexican food and this is a fabulous recipe. Very easy to make. I didn't have fresh tomatoes but used canned diced tomatoes which worked just fine. Thanks!

Excellent flavor, easy prep. Only question: is the Nopales supposed to get a bit gooey? I love it even still.

We loved it! I added 1 lb. extra lean ground beef and it was yummy. The beef actually made the nopalitos not gooey. It was delicious!

Made this today and was pleasantly surprised! My mother has never had nopales before, so I had her try it before telling her what it is. She absolutely loved it! I was initially worried that the...