Cactus soup

Sp. Sopa de Nopales
All pictures on this page borrowed from the internet

Nopales—which refers to several subtropical varieties of the fig cactus family (prickly pear)—are cultivated commercially in Mexico for human consumption. These cactus leaves are readily available in many southwestern grocery stores, either whole or already cleaned and diced. (nopalitos)


This is what you need for 2 servings:

  • 1 lb. nopales, cleaned and cut
  • 1 medium onion, chopped coarse
  • olive oil
  • 2 tsp. flour
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled, chopped
  • ½ chipotle chile or 1 tsp. powder
  • 1 qt. chicken or beef stock
  • 1 sprig epazote
    substitute with cilantro 
  • parsley
  • 2 celery stalks
  • S&P
  • optional:
    • 2 eggs
Pic1: nopal soup, not blended, no eggs



nopales on the internet


Pic2: cleaning and cutting nopales
Pic3: the same combination pan-fried, on a soft tortilla