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!


  • too bad… i don’t think i’ve ever seen nopalitos here in manila… wonder how it tastes like… but it does look good… btw, whatever it is that’s in your mind right now, hope everything will work out according to your plans… 🙂

  • I love fritatas, but this is a fascinating recipe because I’ve never heard of prickly pear pads. Thanks Ben.

  • Pictures like these make me wish I have a source for nopalitos. Looks really yummy!

  • I’m a big fan of smoothies. Had half a bag of prepared nopalitas so I decided to try them in a smoothie. First I put them in the blender – it was roughly one cup’s worth and I added half a cup of water and ground it up on a low speed.

    Yes, it was a slimy, but lovely consistency, a nice nutritious medium green colour. I then added a sliced banana, a very ripe nectarine, about a cup of chunked up watermelon and a large tablespoon of a very berry smoothie mix I get at the health food store. I filled the rest of the blender with a carrot-mango juice I just happened to have in the fridge and blended this concoction for about 2 minutes.

    It was superb! I highly recommend it!!!

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