Total Time
6hrs 25mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 6 hrs

This is a rather unusual recipe that I came up with using the crockpot with outstanding results. You can serve this up alone, in taco shells, or soft tortillas...any way, the result is great! Nopalitos (cactus pieces) have a flavor that is all their own, but can be kind of like a mild artichoke flavor and if it is spiced in the jar, can have a little green chile taste. You can get the nopalitos in the Mexican section of your supermarket or any Mexican grocer.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut roast into large chunks and either season roast (or chops) with salt, pepper, cumin, garlic, and oregano.
  2. Place meat in the bottom of the crockpot.
  3. Cover meat with rinsed/drained/sliced nopalitos (cactus) and sliced onions and top with salsa.
  4. Cover crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours or until pork is cooked through, tender, and pullable with fork.
  5. Strain meat and vegetables from crockpot.
  6. Using 2 forks, shred meat and mix with vegetable mixture (may add some of the juice from the crockpot if you like it more moist) Serve shredded meat mixture as desired: with tortillas, taco shells (with or without toppings), or alone.


Most Helpful

This is a great recipe to put together before going out the door to work. I've only used the nopalitos in a salad. Thanks for sharing.

Chef Dartha December 27, 2008

Terrific invention, and love the name! This is fabulous, and so easy. I used a lot more spices than the amounts given. Don't be scared by the's really good!

FLKeysJen October 02, 2008

Excellent recipe! I used the spicey cactus and a mild salsa. Even with the mild salsa, the dish was very spicy. I cooked the recipe on high in my crockpot as I didn't have 6 hours until dinner, and the pork came out tender. Also, this way, the pork didn't have time to absorb the fiery flavor from the sauce, so I could pick out just the pork for my young children. Great family recipe!

MamanOf3 January 06, 2006

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