‘Cactus soup in Mexico’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

Travelling with a Group by bus in Mexico, we stopped at a small town to have lunch. What I found interesting in the menu was ‘Cactus Soup’ – in Mexican ‘Sopa de Nopales’. I ordered it for the sheer sake of novelty. It was attractive looking, not thick and had the taste of a vegetable soup and was good and was served with fresh tortillas.  And yes. There were so thorns in it.

Here is a recipe of this soup for those interested:


*1/2 C. onion, chopped
*1 Tbs. olive oil
*1 lb. nopalitos (de-thorned prickly pear cactus pads, boiled and cooked with jalepeno peppers)
*4 C. chicken broth
*sour cream, to garnish
*diced tomatoes, to garnish
*chopped fresh cilantro (green dhania leaves), to garnish


Saute onion in olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add nopalitos and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Garnish each serving bowl with sour cream, diced tomatoes, and cilantro before serving.
(Source of this recipe) http://www.mexicanrecipe4living.com/soup-recipes/315-mexican-cactus-soup.html).

Provecho (The Mexican Bon Apetit)!

Photo, text & copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath

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