Cinco de Mayo Cactus Recipes

Cinco de Mayo Cactus Recipes


Cinco-de-Mayo (fifth of May) celebrates the Mexican victory over France in1862 at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).

Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated much in Mexico, but in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, especially in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include eating delicious Mexican cuisines, participating in parades and mariachi music performances at street festivals in cities and towns across the American Southwest.

Since cactus is symbolic of Mexican culinary tradition, it is logical that it is very popular in Cinco-de-Mayo recipes. Join us as we showcase some cactus recipes to share at festive occasions to commemorate Cinco-de-Mayo.


 John's Cactus Salsa

Cactus Salsa Recipe

  John's Cactus Salsa Recipe
All of the ingredients can be adjusted for taste.
two pounds of cactus prepared and diced
a lot of diced tomatoes, or a couple cans of diced tomatoes
three or four pickled jalapeno peppers (or to taste)
three cloves or more (to taste) of garlic
an onion or two, diced
a can each of red kidney, black bean, and pinto beans
a can of sweet corn
pinch of basil
a bunch of chopped cilantro
quarter cup of olive oil
couple dashes of salt and some ground black pepper will add flavor
a handful of shelled sunflower seeds, shelled and crushed pumpkin seeds, or crushed pine nuts, or any mix of them
For a real crowd pleaser at a picnic or party make this cactus salsa ahead of time and allow it to blend its flavors in the refrigerator for a few hours or more.
Just mix all the ingredients above that you can obtain.
Some hot peppers are always in favor here in the Southwest,
but other folks may need it tamed down on the hot peppers some.
One can use this as a dip for tortilla chips, or a relish and garnish on burritos, meat dishes or a general spicy condiment over eggs or other foods.