Nopales or in English young tender pads of the Prickly Pear cactus. They are tasty and reported to have several health benefits. These include stabilizing blood sugar and are have anti-inflammatory effects. Nopales are also high in fiber, antioxidants, and carotenoids and help with hangovers. To read more about the health benefits, check out this article by the Mayo Clinic.
These are not even close to authentic street tacos. But they are a gout friendly version of the tacos that I grew up eating. I grew up eating the tacos closer to Taco Bell than the ones I have had in Mexico.
We will make a very simple roasted salsa Roja (red salsa) cooked in an air fryer for today’s recipe. This recipe is better than what you will find at most Americanized Mexican restaurants. The best part is you can adjust it to your taste. If you are like my Wife and think cilantro is soapweed, then leave it out.
This is an updated recipe with better pictures and more information that I have learned from making this recipe several times.
I love Mexican salsa verde, the kind made with slightly tart tomatillos. It’s a very versatile salsa. You can throw everything in a blender raw, blend, and serve, or you can roast over an open fire. The most common method is to blister on a plancha (flat grill) or dry pan.