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Tostada de Nopales (Cactus Recipe)

Tostada de nopales is a Mexican dish that typically consists of a crispy tortilla topped with refried beans, chopped nopales (prickly-pear cactus), and various other toppings such as onion, tomato, radish, and salsa. The nopales are usually seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. The dish can be served as an appetizer or a main course and is often accompanied by guacamole, sour cream, or other condiments. Tostada de nopales is a healthy and flavorful dish that is popular in Mexican cuisine.

About this recipe

Tostada de Nopales brings the best of the cactus to your plate. It’s an ideal dish for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike looking for something refreshingly different.

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This unique dish hails from central Mexico and utilizes nopales, the pad of the prickly pear cactus. It’s a fusion of indigenous ingredients and modern flavors.

Timeline of Nopales in Mexican Cuisine

YearNopales Recipe
1500sNopales Salad
1900sNopales Stew
NowTostada de Nopales

Why make this recipe?

  • Healthy: Loaded with fiber and vitamins.
  • Versatile: Great for vegetarians and carnivores.
  • Easy to Make: Simple ingredients, big flavors.

What does Tostada de Nopales taste like?

Picture a crunchy tostada topped with tender, slightly tangy nopales, offset by a medley of fresh veggies and perhaps some cheese. It’s a flavor fiesta!

What is in Tostada de Nopales?

  • Nopales: The succulent star.
  • Tostada Shells: The crunchy base.
  • Fresh Veggies: Like tomato and onion.

Equipment required for this recipe

  • Grill or stovetop griddle
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Mixing bowls
  • Frying pan for tostadas


  • 4 nopales pads, cleaned and sliced
  • 4 tostada shells
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 onion, diced


  • Queso fresco
  • Avocado slices


  1. Grill Nopales: Cook until tender and slightly charred.
  2. Prep Veggies: Dice your tomato and onion.
  3. Crisp Tostadas: Fry or bake tostada shells.
  4. Assemble: Layer nopales and veggies on tostadas.
  5. Garnish: Add optional queso fresco and avocado.
  6. Serve: Enjoy while crispy!

How to serve Tostada de Nopales

Best served immediately for that perfect crunch. A squeeze of lime is a zesty addition.

What to serve Tostada de Nopales with

  • Guacamole
  • Mexican crema
  • A cold Margarita

My recommendations and tips

  • Opt for young, tender nopales for better flavor.
  • A sprinkle of chili powder adds a spicy kick.

Tostada de Nopales storage ideas

Keep the nopales and tostadas separate when storing. Nopales can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Potential ingredients substitutes

Original IngredientSubstitute
NopalesZucchini slices
Tostada shellsCorn tortillas

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 150
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbs: 18g
  • Fat: 7g

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I clean nopales?
  • Remove spines and edges with a knife.
  • Is it spicy?
  • Not inherently, but you can spice it up.


Tostada de Nopales is more than just a vegetarian option; nutritious, delicious, and easy to make, this dish deserves a place at your table. ¡Buen provecho!