Introduction: Mexican Style Nopales

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Nopales have been traditionally used in Mexican dishes. Either as a side dish or consumed in a taco, Nopales are a delicious and healthy meal. This tutorial will show you how to make a Nopal salad using only fresh ingredients.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

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For this dish you will need the following items/ingredients:

1 pound of Nopales (prickly pear cactus)

2 Roma Tomatoes

2 Fresh Jalapeños

1 Clove Of Garlic

1/4 Cup Of Diced Onion

4-5 Arbol Chili Pods

Salt (As desired)

Sauce Pan

Cutting Board

Knife

Strainer

Fork

Step 2: Remove the Thorns

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Nopales are sold ready to cook, but if you really want a fresh dish, then start of by removing the thorns off of each stem. Use a fork or tongs to hold on with a grip. Continue to slide a knife across at an angle in order to remove all the thorns.

Step 3: Rinse Your Ingredients

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Make sure to rinse all ingredients carefully.

Step 4: Dice the Nopales

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Stack up at least two Nopales at a time. Begin by cutting the Nopales lengthwise and then make perpendicular cuts. Once you've diced your Nopales, place them in a strainer to give them a second rinse. Nopales can have a slimy texture to them.

Step 5: Cook the Nopales

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Bring some water to a boil. Place a clove of garlic in the sauce pan and the diced Nopales. Boil in high heat for 10 minutes.

Step 6: Dicing the Fresh Ingredients

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Dice the tomatoes, jalapeños, onion, and chili pods as shown on the pictures.

Step 7: Nopales Are Ready to Be Cooled Down

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After the Nopales have boiled for 10 minutes, pour the contents of the saucepan into the strainer and remove all the water. Allow the Nopales to cool down for 10-15 minutes.

Step 8: Add the Remaining Ingredients

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Once the Nopales have completely cooled down, mix the tomato, jalapeño, onion, chili pods, and salt.

Step 9: Serve and Enjoy

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Enjoy as a side dish salad or with a tortilla.

Comments

ThunderLaugh (author)2016-06-22

One of my favourite forms to eat nopales <3

Saula1 (author)2015-06-11

I want some of it with tortilla.

KimberlyV1 (author)2015-06-11

A VERY POPULAR MEXICAN DISH I SEE, I LOVE IT, ITS ONE OF MY FAVORITE .

karlaa (author)2015-06-11

This dish looks very healthy.

xochitla1 (author)2015-06-02

OMG, I wish i had some of it with Carne Asada. I love it!! :)

jasminisawesome (author)2015-05-24

Delicious!

MayraxoxMoisesH (author)2015-05-22

These look delicious!

seamster (author)2015-05-19

I've never had prickly pear, but this certainly looks tasty!

janetandrade81 (author)seamster2015-05-19

Thank you seamster!

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