Recipe for the mexican cactus (nopales) soup, with shrimps
(Sopa de Nopales con Camarón)

The Nopales with shrimp soup is a perfect as a side dish; with the chipotles blended in this soup it has enough bite to be an interesting first course, with an unmistakable mexican food touch... The nopal cactus is a very important cultural symbol part of the mexican heritage, as you see one depicted on the mexican flag.

Mexican recipe for cactus with shrimp soup (sopa de nopales con camarón)

Ingredients for 4-6 people:

- 4 tomatoes cut in quarters
- 2 chipotle chilies from a chipotle in adobo can
- 3 cups shrimp broth, or fish broth
- 4 cups water
- 3 tablesoups olive oil
- 1/2 onion, chopped to very small bits
- 1 lb. Shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 sprig fresh epazote
- Salt, to your taste


1) Using a food processor, liquefy the tomatoes, the shrimp broth and the chipotles. Pour in a large bowl and reserve.

2) Bring the oil to heat and fry the onion bits; mix in the tomato salsa we did in step one; mix in the water, the shrimp, the nopales and the epazote.

3) Season with salt; leave over high heat until the soup starts to boil; reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes.

Serve in an attractive mexican style terra cotta bowl.

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