Nopales, prickly pear cactus paddles, are delicious, but you need to know some tricks to cook nopales without slime.
How-To (DIY stuff)
How to make Mexican empanadas from scratch. These are masa empanadas, corn dough, not flour. You can fill them with anything you like.
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How to clean nopales, prickly pear cactus paddles. Step by step instructions, with a video, on how to remove spines from nopales.
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