who'da thought prickly pear cactus plants would be delicious! I tried cactus chili at a restaurant and loved it. they taste a bit like green beans. I tried to duplicate it at home and think I came pretty close. my 14 yr old son loves it!I I can't find fresh cactus (flat pad nopales) in my area but I did find some already prepared in a jar at a grocery store in the mexican food isle. if you use fresh you need to clean/cook them first (you can google how to prepare fresh cactus). this chili is not very spicy so if you like it hot use more chili powder. I like v8 vegetable juice and fresh tomatoes but can be made with tomato juice and diced canned tomatoes. it's a very simple recipe that can be altered easily for taste preferences. I am thinking I may try it with ground turkey or chicken sometime. I think it would also be good with no meat for a vegetarian meal. freezes well. makes a large pot.