Dona Maria Nopalitos - Tender Cactus Nopales - 15 oz

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Dona Maria Nopalitos - Tender Cactus Nopales
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Nopales - Sliced Prickly Dona Maria Nopalitos Pear cactus shoots, cooked. Nopales. Cactus Pads.

Video Nopales y Carne de Res con Mole Dona Maria

Hispanics believe that nopales (the flower of cactus plants) helps diabetes. This belief is actually true for the nopales have very few calories and a high fiber content. Meals containing nopales tend to be filling and discourage the excess consumption of calories.

Nopales provide dietary aid for diabetes sufferers, and their high fiber content is beneficial to nearly any diet. Natural produce nutritionists tout nopal en polvo (powdered prickly pear pads) and Opuntia (Opuntia is the scientific name for prickly pears) capsules as dietary supplements useful in promoting weight loss. Numerous other nutritional and health benefits have been linked to this fleshy vegetable also called nopalitos.


Nopalitos - Cactus, or Nopal, is a typical sight in the Mexican landscape. It is not strange that it should find its way into the local cuisine. The use of Nopalitos has its origins in the Roman Catholic observance of serving meatless dishes during Lent; now they are a part of everyday cooking.
The paddle, or tender pads, of the plant (called prickly pear in the U.S.) are eaten as a green vegetable in Mexico. The best young shoots are packed fresh, pickled or preserved.
Sliced for convenience, their use lends itself to a variety of dishes, such as traditional nopalitos salad or soup. Combined with seafood, omelets, quiches, and casseroles, nopalitos adds a delicious and authentic flair.

It is believed that one of nopalitos (nopal cactus) properties is a natural diabetes and cholesterol medication, and its also used in the treatment of obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, skin ailments, and viral infections.


2 (15 oz) jars DONA MARIA nopalitos, drained and rinsed


Nopalitos Dona Maria

Nopalitos Dona Maria, rebanadas de nopales en agua con sal.

Los Nopales o Nopalitos son muy populares y se acostumbran comer mucho en la época de Cuaresma, sobre todo los días que es vigilia y no se puede comer carne, de acuerdo a la tradición de la Iglesia Católica: Miercoles de Ceniza y los viernes de Cuaresma, en especial Viernes Santo. Este producto sustituye al pescado por ser mas caro. Los nopalitos se pueden preparar de muchas formas, convirtiéndose en un platillo vegetariano muy sabroso. Entre las principales recetas de Nopalitos en Cuaresma se acostumbra: ensaladas de nopales, sopa de nopales, omelette de huevos con nopales, y otros sabrosos platillos de la comida Mexicana como: reboltijo o romeritos que utilizan el mole y tortitas de camarón seco.


El consumo de nopales o nopalitos ayuda a las personas que padecen diabetes. El nopal incrementa los niveles y la sensibilidad a la insulina logrando con esto estabilizar y regular el nivel de azúcar en la sangre. Se ha comprobado científicamente el poder hipoglucemiante del nopal, es decir, como un efectivo tratamiento para la prevención de la diabetes. El nopal disminuye las concentraciones de glucosa en sangre. La ingestión de nopal antes de cada alimento, provoca la disminución del peso corporal y reduce las concentraciones de glucosa, colesterol y triglicéridos en sangre. Esto se da solamente en personas que son resistentes a la insulina, o sea en pacientes con diabetes tipo II, pero para las personas que tienen diabetes tipo I (que no producen insulina), el consumo de nopal no sustituye las inyecciones de ésta.

Receta con Nopales

Carne a la Tampiqueña con Nopales y Mole Dona Maria (2 porciones)

1/4 vaso de Mole Doña María de 8.25 0z.
2 tazas de caldo de pollo preparado
1/2 frasco de nopalitos Dona Maria de 15 oz.
2 tampiqueñas de 200 g
sal y pimienta recién molida
- Fría el Mole Doña María y diluya con el caldo de pollo y reserve.
- Cueza sobre una sartén con el aceite los nopales y las tampiquenas sazonadas con sal y pimienta.
- Coloque en el plato una cucharada de mole, los nopales y la carne por encima.
- Acompañe si lo desea con arroz y rebanadas de aguacate.


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100% Recommend this product (12 of 12 responses)
By Geri M.
Tijuana, Baja California, MX
Nopalitos very tasty
February 20, 2022
I was checking this website to see if its okay to not drain and rinse before cooking. Because I love the juice that it comes in. I like drinking it. I read the label too late. It says to rinse and drain. Does anyone know about that?
Plus it is healthy especially if you are pre diabetic.
I mixed them with eggs and topped with parmesan cheese and it hit the spot.
By Jessica G.
Park City, Montana
Gravy has never tasted better!
April 13, 2021
This cactus adds an AWESOME twist to white gravy for chicken fried steak...and I bet biscuits and gravy! I can't wait to make more dishes with this tasty product!
By Joe
New Jersey
June 5, 2020
Very good product. I have always loved the taste and these had some very good spice to them.
By Mary G.
Santa Ana, CA
reminds me of home
March 23, 2019
I love Nopalitos with scrambled egg for breakfast, my Mom use to make this for us as kids, Mom made flour tortillas every morning so this was breakfast!
  • easy and ready to use
By linda
Boulder City, NV
June 11, 2018
I first had these in Santa Fe, NM. Just loved them. They are not available where I live so I ordered them online. Bought extra to share. :-)
By Linda
Perfect on a hamburger!
June 4, 2018
My sister just showed me these nopalitos while shopping today. I took them home and put them on a burger with a slice of provolone. Delicious! I can’t wait to have them on eggs. They are Keto friendly and very healthy.
  • Very good for you.
By Romero
Austin, Texas
Dona Maria Nopales
April 12, 2018
I love your product and because I'm prediabetic its good for me. This past 2 months I've been to 3 HEB grocery stores here in Austin , Tx. , Walmart, and Randalls, all were out and said no shipments have come in. Please send them some, I need.
San Diego
The best
April 20, 2015
I like it with the vinegar of a can of Embasa Carrots in escabeche
By Paul
Los Gatos, CA
not sour
March 31, 2013
If you don't like Nopales in vinegar buy these ones; they are not sour.
By Sandra T.
Review for Dona Maria Nopalitos - Tender Cactus Nopales
November 14, 2011
If you can't get fresh nopales, this is the best brand to get. They are not sour like the other brands.
By Lorelle
Review for Dona Maria Nopalitos - Tender Cactus Nopales
January 31, 2011
Very tender, well seasoned. We enjoyed them! First time for us.
By siraz
Review for Dona Maria Nopalitos - Tender Cactus Nopales
March 7, 2010



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