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Piquant Cactus

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Cook: 25 min.


6 servings

I cut this recipe out of a magazine many years ago and have tried it along with my favorite vegetable recipes. I love it with garden fresh green beans.—Cathee Bethel, Philomath, Oregon


  • 4 to 6 large cactus pads (about 8 inches x 4 inches) or 3 cups fresh green beans
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 bacon strips
  • 2 tablespoons or red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Cornbread, optional


  1. Slice cactus pads into 1/2-in. wide strips; place in a saucepan. Add onion, water and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cover and cook over medium heat until cactus is tender, about 15 minutes. Drain. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a skillet until crisp; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. To drippings, add vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and remaining salt; bring to a boil. Add cactus and bacon; toss to coat. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Serve warm with cornbread if desired.

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