Fried Cactus Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

by Kris on May 4, 2012

I’m sick of boring vegetarian tacos. Sometimes I don’t feel like eating meat, but I feel like eating a taco. Even in Texas, the options can get dull pretty quickly. If it’s not full of beans, it’s full of diced vegetables or some soy based meat replacement.

When I made cactus fries yesterday, I also promised a taco recipe. Well, here it is folks. A fried cactus taco that is not only vegetarian and vegan optional, but it’s not boring! I love the flavor of the cactus fries combined with the creamy avocado sauce and the crunchy cabbage.

Greg was such a fan of the combination that, after taking the last bite, he asked me nicely if I’d make them again. He is Californian, so his love of the avocado sauce was not surprising.

If you’re still looking for Cinco de Mayo recipes, I’ve compiled a list at the bottom of the post with my favorite Mexican inspired treats. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy those margaritas and all the fun Cinco de Mayo festivities! I know I will!

Fried Cactus Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

  • Cactus fries
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 3 tbsp. sour cream (or cashew cream to make vegan)
  • 2 tbsp. mayonnaise (or veganaise)
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. fresh dill
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • ¼ cup shredded cabbage
  • cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. cotija cheese (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. diced onions
  • 2 tbsp. diced tomatoes
  • lime wedges for serving
  • salt and pepper to taste

Prepare Cactus fries according to previous recipe.

In the meantime prepare the avocado cream sauce. Combine avocado, sour cream (or cashew cream), mayonnaise (or veganaise), garlic powder, onion powder, fresh dill and the juice from one lime in a food processor; pulse until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve. To keep the avocado from going brown, place the pit in the center of the sauce.

To assemble the tacos, heat corn tortillas in a cast iron skillet. Top with cactus fries, shredded cabbage, diced onions, and diced tomatoes. Drizzle with prepared avocado cream sauce and sprinkle with cotija cheese.

Serve immediately

Yield 4 tacos

More Cinco de Mayo Recipes:
Green Chili Sweet Potato Enchilladas
Fruit tacos with chocolate tortillas
Elotes (Mexican corn cups)
Cactus fries
Tamale stuffed peppers
Texas hill country chili
Southwestern salad
Key lime cactus soda
Pina colada smoothie
Vegan coconut cream pie milkshake

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Kammie @ Sensual Appeal May 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

OOoohh, I didn’t know you can cook with cacti! I learn something new every day :) Nice one


Amy @ FragrantVanillaCake May 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm

These are some serious deliciousness! I love this idea! The crunchy cactus would be wonderful in a taco!


Kris May 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm

haha Thanks Amy! It works surprisingly well. I liked it much better than the egg and cactus taco I tried in San Antonio. Too slimy! lol


KarmaFreeCooking May 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

These look amazing… today I had a craving for tacos de nopales. They palce I go to makes them stewed (guisados) in a tomato sauce. But these look amazing!!!! Must try Pronto!!!


Kris May 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

Thanks! Aren’t nopales so tasty?! I can’t get enough


KarmaFreeCooking May 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

if you want to try another not-boring vegetarian filling for a taco… try these poblano pepper rajas with corn. They’re great inside a taco or even as a dip!!!!


Kris May 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

Yum! They look great!


Courtney Rae Jones May 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Great idea. These veggie tacos look fantastic. Yummy!


Kris May 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

Thanks Courtney!


Lindsey @ Family Food Finds May 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Boy, I hear you! Tacos are such a great meal, but as a veggie, I get bored with the same old options. These are such a great alternative! So clever!


Kris May 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Thanks Lindsey!


Delbensonphotography May 8, 2012 at 7:11 am

The photos are so nice. It makes me hungry. Tacos my all time favorite. This is a yummy recipe. Sad to say, but we don’t have cactus here. Now, I am wondering what it taste like. I am excited to cook this new recipe.


Kris May 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

Have you tried looking at a Latin market or grocer?


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