Nopalitos con Huevos

Nopalitos con Huevos
  • 30M Total Time

  • 15M Prep Time

  • 12 Ingredients

  • 4 Servings

Nopalitos con Huevos, or Cactus with Eggs, is a Sonoran Mexican dish that’s sure to make your taste buds sing. Serve with warm corn tortillas, salsa, and refried beans, or enjoy them all on their own – you can’t go wrong!


This recipe was developed for the Egg Nutrition Center by Egg Enthusiast Christy Wilson, RD

Christy Wilson, RDN


  1. In a medium bowl scramble eggs and set aside.

  2. Over medium heat, add oil to a medium sized skillet (a cast iron pan works really well).

  3. Add onion and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant and translucent, then add nopales. Cook an additional 1-2 minutes before adding in tomatoes. Stir to combine all ingredients.

  4. Add chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper to the vegetables and stir until coated with seasonings.

  5. As they continue to cook, push vegetables to the outer area of the pan to create an empty space in the middle. Pour eggs in the center of the pan and scramble. As the eggs begin to cook, fold vegetables into the center of the pan and mix all ingredients together.

  6. Once the eggs are soft-cooked and no longer runny, turn off the heat and top with cilantro and cheese. Cover pan to allow the cheese to melt a little. Serve immediately.


  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/3 cup diced white or brown onion
  • 1 cup jarred nopalitos, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried Mexican oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup queso panela, diced (can substitute queso fresco or Monterey jack cheese)

To ensure food safety, eggs should be cooked until both the yolk and the white are firm. Consuming raw or undercooked eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially for those with certain medical conditions. For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served, use either pasteurized shell eggs that have been treated to destroy Salmonella, or use pasteurized egg products.

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