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Nopalitos Guacamole

Nopalitos Guacamole: Prickly Pear Twist

Elevate your guacamole game with a twist of Mexican flair in Nopalitos Guacamole.

This recipe combines the creamy goodness of avocados with the unique texture and subtle flavor of nopalitos (cactus pads), creating a dip that’s both familiar and refreshingly different.

Key Takeaways

  • Who this guacamole appeals to: Guacamole enthusiasts, those seeking a new and intriguing flavor profile, anyone ready to savor a blend of creamy avocados and tender nopalitos.
  • Estimated duration: A quick and delightful preparation taking approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • Nutrition facts: A nutrient-rich guacamole featuring the unique addition of cactus pads.

About this Recipe

Nopalitos Guacamole introduces the earthy and slightly tart flavor of nopalitos to the classic guacamole. This recipe guides you through creating this fusion dip, ensuring a perfect harmony of textures and tastes.


  • 3 avocados, peeled and mashed
  • 1 cup nopalitos (cactus pads), cooked and diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Prepare Nopalitos:
  • If using fresh nopalitos, clean them thoroughly to remove thorns.
  • Boil or grill the nopalitos until tender, then dice them into small pieces.
  1. Mash Avocados:
  • In a mixing bowl, mash the peeled avocados until you achieve your desired level of creaminess.
  1. Add Nopalitos:
  • Fold in the diced nopalitos into the mashed avocados.
  1. Combine Ingredients:
  • Add finely chopped red onion, diced tomato, chopped fresh cilantro, and finely chopped jalapeño to the avocado-nopalitos mixture.
  1. Squeeze Lime Juice:
  • Squeeze the juice of two limes over the guacamole.
  1. Season:
  • Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Mix all ingredients until well combined.
  1. Chill and Serve:
  • Allow the Nopalitos Guacamole to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. This enhances the flavors.
  1. Serve and Enjoy:
  • Serve the guacamole with tortilla chips, tacos, or as a flavorful topping for your favorite dishes.

Side Suggestions

  • Radish slices for a peppery crunch
  • Extra lime wedges for squeezing
  • A dash of hot sauce for additional heat

Storage Options

Nopalitos Guacamole is best enjoyed fresh, but if you have leftovers, store the guacamole in an airtight container with plastic wrap directly on the surface to minimize browning. Consume within a day for the best flavor.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Nopalitos: If fresh nopalitos are not available, you can use canned or jarred nopalitos, ensuring they are well-drained before use.
  • Jalapeño: Adjust the quantity based on your spice preference.

Alternatives to this Dip

Experiment with additional ingredients like diced mango, roasted corn kernels, or crumbled queso fresco for a unique twist on your Nopalitos Guacamole.

For alternatives, check out guacamole and salsa verde.


Nopalitos Guacamole adds a touch of the Mexican countryside to a beloved classic. With the subtle crunch of nopalitos and the creamy richness of avocados, this guacamole invites you to savor the fusion of flavors. ¡Buen provecho!