Mexican Pintos with Cactus

11 Reviews 7 Pics
  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    4 h
  • Ready In

    4 h 10 m
Recipe by  KATZ002

“An honest Mexican recipe for pinto beans using bacon, chilies and cactus.”

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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  1. Place the pinto beans into a slow cooker, and fill to the top with hot water. Add the bacon, 2 tablespoons of salt, jalapeno and onion. Cover, and cook on High for 3 to 4 hours, adding water as needed, until beans are tender.
  2. Remove any thorns from the cactus leaves, and slice into small pieces. Place in a saucepan with 1 tablespoon of salt, and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water for 1 minute. Add to the beans when they are soft, and cook for 15 more minutes on High.

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Ok, I'm not exactly sure why this recipe only has a 3 1/2 star rating because it is fantastic! I didn't have time to do dried beans in the crockpot so I used a can of white kidney beans (I had them on hand) and I used jarred cactus. I had never had cactus before and didn't know what to expect. I can tell you that I will use this recipe as a staple side dish in my home from now's delicious!



Decent. I omitted the bacon since I didn't have any on hand, and I used jarred nopalitos because my grocer does not carry cactus leaves. If you want more spice, I would throw the jalapeno in about thirty minutes before serving. After sitting four hours in the crockpot, I couldn't even taste the jalapeno, and I didn't even remove the seeds before hand.

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My hubby loves this! His Mama has been making it for him, before me, for years! I made a pot of beans the other day and Share Bear convinced me to try the cactus. I found this recipe and went to the market and got a jar of cactus. I sauted some onions and added my beans. The cactus is vinegary and spicy. I mentioned to Carlos that they don't have a lot of flavor and he said "No they don't. That is the way they are!" I added 1/2 the jar and heated it up. Really good! The cactus by itself, tastes like pickled green beans. I will of course make this again. Thank You Katz002.

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Amount Per Serving (10 total)

  • Calories
  • 153 cal
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Carbs
  • 25.2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 9.5 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 3 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 2162 mg
  • 86%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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