Cactus Salsa

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Earlier this week I shared some ideas for creating healthier appetizers at holiday time. Today, I wanted to share with you an app that you may not have ever considered: Cactus Salsa

Yes, really.

Growing up in Southern California, I was exposed to a wide range of flavors at an early age and cactus happened to be one of them. Our family trips to Olvera Street for carnitas soft tacos also included a plate of nopales. And my mom often made this cactus salsa for us at family get-togethers. It’s delicious and full of vegetables and herbs.

Serve Cactus Salsa with chips or as a topping for tacos.

Cactus, also called Nopalitos, usually comes in a jar. I’ve bought it at Walmart in Olathe, Kansas, so I’m pretty sure you could buy it anywhere Latin American foods are sold.

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Have you ever tasted cactus?

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  1. oooh i’ve totally had the same salsa before, my friends call it ‘texas’ something or other (not salsa), but never with cactus. what does cactus taste like?

    • Jessica says

      @sarah k. @ the pajama chef, I think you’re thinking of “Texas Caviar” which has some of those vegetables with black eyed peas. If you make it with black beans it’s called, “Santa Barbara Caviar.” My mom started making this about 35 years ago, but she just called it, “Nopales.”

      As for taste, I don’t really know how to describe it. It’s a tender texture, but not mushy. You’ll have to try it! 😉

      • @Jessica, oh that’s right! but i just checked, and the recipe i’ve been given for texas caviar is basically the same–just more lime and corn. i’ve never had it with black eyed peas. sounds good though! just goes to show that there are a ton of ways to make the same(ish) thing 🙂

  2. Sarah says

    Thank you for this! My mom used to make cactus salsa and I bought a jar a short while ago wanting to try it. I forgot all about it. Now I don’t have to go searching for a recipe!

  3. AllieZirkle says

    I LOVE nopales tacos! This sounds tasty, right up my alley. Thanks for posting!


  4. sarah says

    Interesting. I’ve seen the cactus pads for sale, but i’ve actually never seen them in a jar before. Oddly, I don’t think I’ve ever had nopalitos, either – despite being from southern Arizona.

  5. That sounds really good! I bought a big jar of those and was wondering how I can use them all up. I had Cactus before, it was cooked with shredded meat and served in homemade corn tortillas.

  6. I’ve never had cactus, but this looks delicious!

  7. Jenny says

    Delicious. Had to revisit this post to write the recipe down. Its going with us to our extended family “soup and snack” supper. Thanks!

  8. Lorrie says

    Interesting fact: Napales are an excellent food to eat on a regular bases for diabetics. Check it out!

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