Nopalitos With Sausage & Cilantro Rice


20160521_170847663_iOSI have been wanting cook nopalitos (prickly pear cactus) after having them fajita style at a restaurant in San Antonio.  They are growing abundantly all around us but I did purchase these already chopped from HEB.  I tasted them before I started and they have a flavor somewhat between celery and a green bean.  They are a bit slimy at first but nothing like okra.  I cooked these with A LOT of Hatch pepper link sausage and served them over cilantro rice.   I would love some more complex recipes—:)

IMG_1670On another note, I did actually find two yard sales this morning and bought a set of green ramekins (really didn’t need them) and a pair of Hollister plaid shorts.  It is always fun to go because you just never know what you will find.

This is how I made ours:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 package link sausage (I used Hatch Chile links)
  • 1 – 14 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped nopalitos
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • rice
  • (I also added 1/2 sliced tomato and 1 sliced mushroom just because I had them leftover)

Saute all ingredients until all are tender.  Add the link sausage and heat through.

All I did was cook the rice, cilantro, garlic powder and salt in chicken broth and toss it with butter when it was finished.


7 thoughts on “Nopalitos With Sausage & Cilantro Rice

  1. Happy Friday is right! I’ve had prickly pear just once, not bad but haven’t made anything with it before. Hey my daughter is down in Austin now with my sibs and parents (actually in San Antonio at the moment doing touristy stuff) because she wanted to tour UT Austin campus, which is my alma mater and two of my sibling’s too and she wants to go there after she graduates high school next year. Not really food-related but wish I were there too! 😀 xoxo

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      1. Lol. Pickled prickly pear-that’s a tongue twister. My neighbor says she has made jelly from the blooms. I know the liquor is a vibrant fuschia color so I bet the jelly is too. Mag try it. Have a good weekend. 😊

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