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Grilled Cactus Tacos with Beans and Salsa Roja

  • Yields: 2 Servings
  • Cook time: 6 minutes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes

This is a super easy, affordable meal for anyone to make! I grew up eating cactus very often with my family and so I always feel so nostalgic when I eat it. My family always keeps a large cactus garden whether here in Georgia or in Guanajuato. We find ourselves rooted through it.

Ingredients

  • 3 cactus paddles
  • 4 - 6 tortillas
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 lime
  • 1 bundle of cilantro
  • 2 morita peppers
  • 2 jalapeno peppers

Instructions

  1. Grill 3 cactus paddles on the grill. While the coals are still medium-high heat, grill each side for 1.5 – 2 minutes. A nice char mark is desired, and you are looking for color of the cactus to go from a bright green to a turtle green. Chop your cactus into bite sizes; be sure to season each side with salt and set aside.
  2. Make the salsa. Place the tomato, pepper, and onion on the grill and cook each side for 1 – 2 minutes (or until the peppers and tomatoes are blistered and onion has some charred marks). With a blender or molcajete, blend all the salsa ingredients together. Season with salt.
  3. Heat up tortillas on grill, layer with chopped cactus paddles and salsa.
  4. Enjoy!

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