The Main Ingredient Of The Dish: Nopal

Nopal is a nutrient-rich vegetable native to Mexico and Central America that has been used in traditional cuisine for centuries. Rich in vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and protein, it can be incorporated into dishes as a nutritious addition. Here are five dishes where Nopal is the star of the dish:

1. Nopal Tacos: Thinly sliced nopal strips are marinated in lime juice and garlic, and then cooked with onion, jalapeño and cilantro until they are tender and juicy. They are tucked into warm tortillas along with diced tomatoes, cheese and guacamole for a delicious and nutritious taco.

2. Nopal Salad: Cubed nopales are cooked in a skillet with onion, garlic and chiles until tender. Add tomato, cilantro, lime juice and salt to taste. Serve on a bed of lettuce or crunchy tortilla chips for an easy-to-make salad.

3. Nopal Quesadilla: Cooked nopales are layered inside a quesadilla with cheese, onion and jalapeño for a gooey, cheesy snack.

4. Nopal Soup: A delicious soup made of cooked nopales, tomatoes, onions and garlic is simmered until everything is tender. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and avocado for a hearty meal.

5. Nopal Burrito: Cooked nopal strips are combined with rice, black beans, cheese and salsa wrapped in a warm flour tortilla for an easy-to-make burrito that’s packed full of flavour and nutrition.