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Nopales with ground beef

Nopales with ground beef, This is a very delicious way to prepare nopales, the addition of the tomato sauce creates a complete meal.
Course Beef, Salsas
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 273kcal
Author Mely Martínez - Mexico in my Kitchen


  • 1 Lb tomato
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons piquin pepper*
  • 2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 Lb. ground beef
  • ½ cup white onion diced
  • 2 cups Nopales chopped and cooked. (About 1 ½ lb. raw)
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • Sal and pepper to taste


  • Place tomatoes and peeled garlic cloves in a saucepan, and cover with water. Cook over medium-high heat until tomatoes are soft, about 8 minutes.
  • While the tomatoes are cooking, roast piquin peppers over a medium heat. Use a griddle or frying pan for this purpose, making sure you do not burn the peppers. It will take about 30 seconds to roast them. If you are not used to roasting peppers, turn the exhaust fan on. Set the peppers aside to cool.
  • In a large frying pan, heat the oil, once it is hot, add the ground beef to cook. Stir occasionally to have an even cooking. After 5 minutes, stir in the chopped onion. Keep cooking.
  • While the meat is cooking, place cooked tomatoes, garlic cloves, roasted piquin peppers, and 1 cup of the cooking water in your blender. Process until you have a smooth sauce.
  • Pour sauce over the meat, and cook for 5 minutes. Add the nopales, and with your finger crush the dried oregano and stir in as well as the cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Keep simmering for another 5 minutes to allow the flavors to blend, and the sauce has reduced a little.

Serve with rice, warm corn tortillas and enjoy!


    Piquin pepper can be substituted with arbol peppers, just reduce the amount to 4 peppers. Remember that you can adjust the spiciness to your own liking by adding more peppers.


    Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 568mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2110IU | Vitamin C: 16.1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2.1mg