Salsa de Nopales Recipe {Cactus Salsa}

Have you ever heard of Nopales?  If you haven’t, it’s a form of cactus plant that is edible and at the same time very good for you.  This Salsa de Nopales recipe (Cactus Salsa)  is one that you will want to try for sure. Nopales are used in many dishes in Mexican cuisine and is used in many different ways. It can be made with eggs, soups, blended for juicing and of course -Salsa!  This Salsa de Nopales recipe (Cactus Salsa)  is low in fat and high in fiber – and of course, no cactus needles.

salsa nopales recipe



1 lb Nopales

3 Tomatoes

2 Jalapeños

1 Small Onion

1 Lemon


salt and pepper to taste

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 Open package and and throughly wash and rinse the nopales in a colander in the sink.

salsa de nopales- cactus salsa recipe

Once the nopales are washed, place the nopales in a pot with water and 1/2 an onion and bring to a boil. In about 15-20 minutes the nopales will be soft.

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While the nopales are cooking, dice up the jalepenos, onion, tomatoes and cilantro. Place all ingredients in a bowl. Once the nopales are soft rinse with cold water and add to them to the bowl with the rest of the mixture. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the lemon juice into the bowl. You can use limes as well.  Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper and mix well. Doesn’t it smell so good?!?

salsa de nopales- cactus recipe

Try this Salsa de Nopales recipe (Cactus Salsa) for your next gathering!

Latina Mama Rama


  1. I haven’t had cactus since I was little. I couldn’t even tell you how I had it either, it has been so long. I’ll have to try this- I think the kiddos will love it.
    Thanks for sharing, love!
    Pinning to try with my family.

  2. I never even knew there was a cactus you could eat! I would love to try this, but I don’t know if its available here. Thanks for sharing it at #FoodieFriDIY…I will be keeping my eye out from now on and watching for cactus!

  3. RoseMaria says:

    Just as my Mom made them minus the jalapeño.

  4. Joanne Beltran says:

    My favorite salad yumm

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