Cacti are so hot right now, and we are聽100 percent on board! We鈥檝e brought you everything from cacti聽apartment decor with聽pillows聽and chairs聽to聽cactus-inspired fashion. Today we bring you cactus in edible form,聽a traditional Mexican dish 鈥 nopales tacos. I鈥檝e聽tried them聽before in restaurants but had never聽prepared cactus myself. Surprisingly to me, it was easy and delicious! I聽paired these babies with prickly pear margaritas, for a cacti-filled meal.

Nopales Tacos



Begin by聽removing the spines of the cactus pads and trimming the outside edges of the pads.

Next, cut the cactus into two-inch strips.

Using the olive oil, saut茅 the strips until they are slightly blistered and blackened.

I was super surprised at how much the cactus pads cooked down. Next time I would definitely grab a couple more to cook up!

Taco time! Extra avo for me plzzz!

Prickly Pear Margaritas



Pulling off聽this marg is SO easy. Start by making a prickly pear simple syrup.

Place the prickly pears in a pot and almost completely cover them in water. Bring to boil. Turn off heat and let steep 30-45 minutes. Mash the pears, until a beautiful, deep pinkish red takes color.

Strain the mashed pears from the water.

Return the strained prickly pear water to the pot and add 1/2 cup of sugar. Bring to boil and let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, squeeze one lime into the syrup, and let it cool before you make your cocktail.

You鈥檙e ready to get mixing! Salt the rim, then add ice and two ounces of tequila. Add four tablespoons of the prickly pear syrup and Topo Chico to the top!

Lastly, garnish with edible flowers and a lime wheel.

Seriously, so pretty and tasty!


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DIY Production and Styling:聽Cassidy Miller

Photography: Brittany Griffin