Nopalitos Frittata

I got nothing today for you. I have a couple of recipes I wanted to post, but I have a lot in my mind right now that I can concentrate. I hope you understand. That’s why I am posting this very easy breakfast that I made last week. Nopalitos frittata. It’s nothing fancy. The main ingredient for this is prickly pear pads (2 to be exact) cleaned, cut in small squares, boiled for 10 minutes and drained. Like they say, pictures say more than words so here are some pics:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Sautee some onion and garlic in a cast iron skillet.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Saute some onion and garlic in a cast iron skillet.

Add prickly pear pads and cook for a couple of minutes.

In a bowl beat 4-6 eggs with oregano, salt and pepper to taste. Add to the skillet and cook just until it starts to coagulate.

Add some cheese on top and bake for 20 minutes.

Hmmmm, delicious nopal frittata!

Hmmmm, delicious nopal frittata!

¡Buen provecho!


  • Wow, this is the first time I hear about prickly pear pads, I missed your previous post. However, I looked it up in Wikipedia and Greece and Cyprus are full of them but we don’t eat them. We do eat the fruit though is and it is absolutely delicious when it is ripe. I have a question though, aren’t there any thorns on these cactus?

  • those prickly pear are so green! looks like a hearty breakfast

  • Lovin’ that cast iron skillet, I see. That looks fantastic. I wish I could find nopales around here.

  • This looks like a lovely frittata Ben! I’ll get over to the forums…

  • I love frittata in any shape or form..this is a great idea to incorporate the crunchiness of the nopalitos.

  • Sounds like a great recipe. Frittatas and Spanish tortillas are two of my favorite ways to make eggs, so it’s nice to see recipes for different flavors.

  • Oh Ben,
    You may cause me to break the Pantry Plan this week with these! I love nopalitos and I love frittatas. Yup, you may be the downfall of The Pantry Plan.

  • Oh Ben. I never thought of using nopalitos in a frittata. That’s excellent. I love frittatas, now I can make a new one, with nopales. Thanks Ben. Love the post.

  • I saw some Nopalitos today and was curious. I know they are said to help diabetes. What does it taste like. Like green pepper? They had fresh and some already peeled and cubed in the produce section. I am shopping in the grocery stores in the Mexican parts of Chicago lately because I find the produce and meat/fish value way better. It worth the extra miles.

  • It’s breakfast time here, hint hint 😛 I’ve never eaten nopalitos but they look like they fit in really well in your frittata. Yum!

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