vegan mexican cactus

Vegan Mexican Cactus Dish

This is a delicious recipe, just don’t skewer your tongue!

… no seriously.

Vegan Mexican Cactus Dish

This is a delicious, lean Mexican meal.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 Servings

Nutrition facts: 200 Calories

6-8 napales (cacti), chopped
1 box beyond meat chicken, each piece sliced in half
2 avocadoes, chopped
For the rice:
1 1/2 cups brown rice
2 cups water
salt to taste
a bit of olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
handful of cilantro
1 lime’s juice

For the green sauce:
8 medium tomatillos,husked
2 cups water
2 tablespoons cilantro, diced
1/2 cup onion diced
2 cloves garlic, minced


  1. If your cactus has spikes, remove them.
  2. Boil the cactus in a saucepan with a pinch of salt until tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Start boiling your rice, only add a pinch of salt as this time.
  4. While the cactus boils, begin making green sauce.
  5. Place all green sauce ingredients in a pot and began to heat. Be sure to remove the green husk around the tomatillos.
  6. Bring to boil and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the tomatillos are soft and tender.
  7. While the sauce is simmering heat up chicken, add garlic and onion powder, with some salt to taste.
  8. When they are done boiling, place in a blender and blend until smooth.
  9. Place the salsa in the same saucepan and reheat until simmering and the sauce thickens a bit.
  10. Drain the cactus.
  11. Add the cactus and the beyond meat chicken into the green sauce saucepan
  12. Let them simmer, covered, for about 5 minutes on a low heat.
  13. When the rice is done boiling, fluff it while stirring in all the rest of the rice ingredients.
  14. Now everything should be ready to eat, so cut up an avocado
  15. Eat.

Vegan Mexican Cactus Dish Notes

When you heat up the beyond meat and the cactus, you just need to simmer them so they soak up the flavor. Do not do it for too long or everything will get soggy.
vegan mexican cactus

When you make the rice, obviously different rices take different times to heat up, so adjust the cook time accordingly.
vegan mexican cactus
Lime rice is soooooo good. I have always loved lime, lemon can suck it!

You can find the cactus at a few supermarket chains and just about any ethnic Mexican markets will have them. Try to find them with the spikes already removed, becuase de-spiking them is a hassle… and you might impale your thumb.
vegan mexican cactus