14Ingredients
120Calories
70Minutes

Nopal cactus has been a versatile and tasty part of Mexican diets for a very long time. The cactus pieces provide a crunchy texture to any dish. This Nopal soup is aromatic, creamy and hearty. This recipe combines nopales with hearty spices and flavors for a powerful palate pleasing soup. It not only is low in calories, it also tastes great and is perfect for a cold winter day. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound nopal (washed and cut in to squares.)
  • 1 onion (cut in half)
  • 2 sprigs coriander
  • 4 chile peppers (Guajillo, seeded and soaked in boiling water until soft)
  • 5 tomatoes (cooked)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons corn oil
  • 3 sprigs coriander
  • chicken stock
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • salt
  • 4 cups water
  • corn flour (optional)

Directions

  1. Place a casserole or pot on the stove, and add the nopal and water into it. Bring to a boil. Strain the nopal from the water. Clean the nopal completely.
  2. Throw the nopal in the pot again and fill the pot with more water.
  3. Add the onion and coriander and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain the onion, coriander and nopal again and place the cooked ingredients in the pot.
  5. Pour the chicken stock into the pot, and let it cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  6. Grind or liquefy the tomatoes and chile peppers, using the water where the peppers were left to soak. Strain the mixture while allowing the fluids to pour into a pan.
  7. Cook the mixture with enough cooking oil for 3 minutes.
  8. Add this mixture to the pot along with water, chicken stock, cumin, and a pinch of salt.
  9. When the water begins to boil, cover the pot and let it cook under low heat for 15 minutes. If you would like the soup to have a thicker texture, you may add the corn flour.
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NutritionView more

120Calories
Sodium14%DV330mg
Fat9%DV6g
Protein12%DV6g
Carbs4%DV11g
Fiber8%DV2g

PER SERVING *

Calories120Calories from Fat50
% DAILY VALUE*
Total Fat6g9%
Saturated Fat0.5g3%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol5mg2%
Sodium330mg14%
Potassium430mg12%
Protein6g12%
Calories from Fat50
% DAILY VALUE*
Total Carbohydrate11g4%
Dietary Fiber2g8%
Sugars5g10%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Calcium
Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Reviews(1)

Yummly User
Rachel W. 2 Jun 2015
This is a good way to use neopla. I added the corn flour for thickening and garnished with chopped, green onion and a sprig of cilantro. This could also be poured over rice.