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Nopales Scramble

Serves 4

Total Time
35 mins

This easy breakfast or supper dish takes a cue from Mexico, where nopales are popular with eggs, and from America, where we like to add roasted potatoes.

su-Nopales Scramble

Photo: Iain Bagwell
 1 large thin-skinned potato, peeled, quartered, and thickly sliced crosswise
 1/3 cup very coarsely chopped red onion
  About 3 tbsp. olive oil, divided
 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
 1 large poblano chile
 1 large Roma tomato
 1 cup diced nopales (see "Nopales Basics," below)
 6 large eggs
 1/4 teaspoon pepper
 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  Hot sauce
Step 1

Preheat oven to 475°. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. On parchment, toss potato, onion, 1/2 tbsp. oil, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Set chile and tomato in corner of sheet pan. Bake, turning vegetables once, until browned, about 20 minutes.

Step 2

In a frying pan, sauté nopales over high heat with 1/2 tbsp. oil and 1/4 tsp. salt until pan is mostly dry, 3 to 6 minutes, then reduce heat and cook until barely tender, 3 to 4 minutes more. Set aside.

Step 3

Peel, stem, and seed chile; peel tomato. Chop both. In a bowl, whisk eggs with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and the pepper.

Step 4

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 tbsp. oil and the cumin; cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Stir in potato mixture, chile, tomato, and nopales. Cook until hot. Pour in eggs and cook, stirring often, until set, 3 minutes. Sprinkle cheese on top; stir a few times until it melts. Serve with hot sauce.

Step 5

Nopales Basics:

Step 6

BUY. Some supermarkets and Latino markets sell cactus with the spines, and others sell it de-stickered and ready to use--whole or cut up. When buying whole pads, look for ones that are smooth, crisp, and small to medium size.

Step 7

PREP. To remove spines from pads, put on dish gloves. Scrape a knife almost flat down the length of both sides of pads to shave off spines and barbed, fuzzy dots. Pare rims with a vegetable peeler. Trim bases; rinse pads.

Step 8

COOK. Once nopales hit the heat, they release a sticky juice (like okra), but it cooks off.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 357Calories from Fat 55
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g34%

Saturated Fat 6.7g34%
Cholesterol 332mg111%
Sodium 500mg21%
Total Carbohydrate 21g8%

Dietary Fiber 3.4g14%
Protein 16g32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.