This isn’t one of those fancy recipes so it shouldn’t be too hard, especially if I can put it together. Just a quick meal that we make every now and then. They are cactus tacos which are made from Nopales cacti but you may know them as prickly pear cacti. You can grow your own prickly pear or buy it prepared from most stores in the southwest. If you grow your own you will have to remove all the thorns and outer skin before you prepare them. Here is a link to how to do that on YouTube
They are kind of like a mix between green beans and bell peppers together.
Nopales cacti have so many benefits to them which are:
Aids in weight loss
Anti cancer potential
Boost immune system
Builds strong bones
Reduces inflammation in body
I just used a tablespoon of the cacti to a corn tortilla, added some enchilada red sauce and about a tablespoon of shredded cheese.
My husband makes his own sauces, hopefully I will have some more time to do a more detailed post on that when he makes some later.Although with some of his sauces he keeps things a secret from outside the family. I think they are family recipes passed down from the Italian side.
On a cast iron pan I added a little oil and heated the tortillas up with all ingredients listed above in it. Then I folded one side over and flipped each side to cook a little more.
After I cooked the tacos I added lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. You can add avocados, more peppers, black beans, rice…tacos are fun like that. I have even made green chilli and cheese tacos when in a hurry and the family is hungry for something quick and easy.
Our side dishes were brown rice and pinto/black beans. This was really inexpensive to make, each dish was under $3 to make ourselves.Plus all these colorful ingredients are good for us.
We also bake our own tortilla chips to cut back on oils and salts. The ones premade in the bags are special treats we have occasionally, otherwise we just take corn tortillas and cut them into triangles and bake ourselves then add then to a big paper bag.
We love going out to eat but that can get expensive for a family of four.It can cost up to $50 for these plates of food we make ourselves. Nothing wrong with a treat out now and then but if you are trying to stick to a budget then it is also fun being creative making up your own types of combination plates.
There are over 400 plants in the Sonora desert that are edible. Look into the area you live in, God has all kinds of food out there in our world just waiting for us if we know what to grow and look for. Research plants and which ones are edible. I remember once my husband and a chef at his aunt’s villa in Tuscany had to make lunch for some guest and they did not have any greens. They just went out and found supplies to make a salad with items growing out in the wild. A plate of pasta added to it and it was really good meal.
I am very good at preparing ingredients already here but it is my husband who has the real talents when it comes to cooking, we all have our gifts. Use them and share them with others as much as possible. Happy cooking everyone.