Nopales and Shrimp Soup Recipe

Nopales and Shrimp Soup Recipe
Nopales and Shrimp Soup are very popular in Mexico and more than ten thousand Mexican farmers grow them. $150 million dollars worth of these cactus shoots are produced every year. This Mexican food recipe also contains tomatillos, which are flavorful and exotic. They have been cultivated for centuries and you can get them in Hispanic grocery stores. Tomatillos are usually cooked and they are a bit like tomatoes but they look and taste slightly different. Tomatillos are actually a different variety of fruit than the tomato, although Mexicans call them green tomatoes, which can be confusing because they are not tomatoes.
Cilantro and limejuice add Mexican tastes to this spicy shrimp soup recipe. Maybe you have tried a spicy Thai soup with shrimp recipe because when it comes to shrimp recipes soup is always popular. The Mexican take on this famous dish is just as flavorful and the ingredients contrast well with one another and blend beautifully too.
The soft shrimp flavor in this Mexican soup contrasts well with the sharpness of the limejuice and the flavor of the tomatillos and the onion. If you like authentic Mexican recipes, you will love this flavorful soup. It makes a really wonderful appetizer.

Nopales and Shrimp Soup Ingredients 

  1. 1 lb tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed and chopped
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1 onion, chopped
  4. 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, minced
  5. 7 cups chicken broth
  6. 33 oz pack sliced cactus, packed in water, drained, and rinsed
  7. 1 cup large shrimp, peeled, tails on
  8. ½ cup cooked rice
  9. 2 tablespoons lime juice
  10. 2 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  11. Lime wedges to serve

Nopales Soup Preparation

  1. Heat the oil in a 4-quart pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook until golden.
  2. This will take about 10 or 15 minutes.
  3. Cook the rice in the meantime and keep it warm.
  4. Add the tomatillos to the onion and cook for 5 minutes or until soft, stirring often.
  5. Add the broth and bring it to a boil.
  6. Stir in the limejuice, shrimp, cactus, rice, and cilantro.
  7. Cook until everything is hot and the shrimp is pink.
  8. Ladle the soup into a tureen to serve.
  9. Serve with crumbled cheese and lime wedges.
(Serves 8)

Nopales Soup with Rice and Shrimp

If you have enjoyed a spicy Thai soup with shrimp recipe, you must make this wonderful Mexican nopales and shrimp soup recipe next because it is so good. If you like to make shrimp recipes soup is a good option, especially spicy shrimp soup recipes because of the way the delicate shrimp flavor contrasts with the spices you use to flavor the soup. Nopales are a typical Mexican ingredients, as are tomatillos, making this a very authentic and traditional Mexican soup. Serve small portions of this soup as an appetizer or larger portions for a filling lunch. You can warm up leftover soup for lunch the day after you make it and it will still taste very good.