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Nopales and Eggs Recipe

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  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Nopales and Eggs Recipe is made with oil, cactus paddles, tomatoes, salsa verde, and eggs anyway you want them.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cactus paddles (nopales), cleaned
  • 1 cup salsa verde, homemade or store bought
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese


  1. In a large skillet, add oil and on medium high heat and wait for it to shimmer. Add two nopales flat onto the skillet and cook for 3 minutes. Lower to medium heat, then flip the nopales and add four slices tomato on the skillet (I like to use two slices for each nopal). 
  2. After 2 minutes, sprinkle cheese on each nopal until it starts to melt. Place 2 slices of tomato on each nopal and remove from heat, and cover for 5 minutes until the cheese melts. 
  3. Make your eggs any style you want in a separate skillet. Place the eggs on each nopal, top with salsa, and enjoy.


  • Choose fresh nopales: Look for bright green cactus paddles with no blemishes or discoloration. Avoid paddles that are too thick, as they can be tough and stringy.
  • Clean the nopales thoroughly: Use a vegetable brush to scrub the cactus paddles and remove any prickly spines. Rinse them well under running water before slicing.
  • Cook the nopales before adding eggs: Sauté the sliced nopales in olive oil over medium-high heat until they're tender and slightly browned. This helps remove excess moisture and ensures the eggs cook evenly.
  • Don't overcook the eggs: Cook the eggs over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally, until they're just set but still moist. Overcooking the eggs can make them dry and rubbery.
  • Add your favorite toppings: Nopales and eggs pair well with a variety of toppings, such as salsa, chopped tomatoes, avocado, and cheese. Customize the recipe to your liking and experiment with different flavors.
  • Serve hot and fresh: Nopales and eggs taste best when served immediately after cooking. If you must store leftovers, follow the proper storage guidelines to ensure they stay fresh.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 135.0
  • Sugar: 1.7 g
  • Sodium: 208.5 mg
  • Fat: 5.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.8 g
  • Fiber: 3.6 g
  • Protein: 14.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 213.1 mg