Active Time
25 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 10 MIN
Serves : Makes 2 cups

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large bowl, toss the cactus paddles and jalapeños with the salt and let stand for 45 minutes. Drain well. Transfer the cactus and jalapeños to a heatproof bowl.

Step 2    

In a medium saucepan, combine the water with the vinegar, sugar and paprika and bring to a boil. Pour the brine over the cactus and jalapeños and stir well. Let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for 2 days before serving.

Make Ahead

The pickled cactus and jalapeños can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.


Most nopales are sold with the spikes removed; any stray spikes can be removed with a sharp paring knife.

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