Stewed Nopales (Cactus Paddles)

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It might seem strange to much on a cactus but this Stewed Nopales (Cactus Paddles) recipe is unbelievable. You will fall in love with the bold flavors in this Stewed Nopales (Cactus Paddles) recipe. Let us know about your experience in the comments below. We love to read about our users experiences to better the recipes. You can also give this recipe a star rating so other users can follow along. Enjoy this Stewed Nopales (Cactus Paddles) recipe!


  • 3 nopales
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 arbol chile
  • 2 tablespoons tomato


  1. Nearly fill a large pot with water, leaving 3 or 4 centimeters at the top. When it comes to a boil, add the salt, baking soda, and nopales. Cook until soft, for approximately 20 minutes.
  2. Drain the nopales and rinse in cold water. Set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a hot skillet, saute the onion, garlic, and arbol chile. Once the onion has softened, add the nopales and cook for 1 or 2 minutes.
  4. Add the salsa and cook for 1 minute more.
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Brenda G. 25 Jun 2015
At the end it says add salsa what salsa? My father wants to make this and im trying to translate the instructions for him but I'm not sure I understand haha
Lynn H. 2 Jun 2015
I grew up on stewed napolas! My grandmother served a similar recipe over rice with a side of black beans and generous serving of corn cake or bread. This was the first time I tried it myself! It was tender and tasty! Thank you for the memories!