How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 350 ºF.
  • Coat the whole onions with the olive oil, place on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Cook until inside layers are soft, about 30-45 minutes. When cool enough to handle, peel off charred outside layers and discard. Place the onions, the cactus puree and the apple puree in a blender and mix well.
  • In a saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and caramelize the diced onion. Add the cumin and the next 5 ingredients and cook for 2 minutes. Next add the Worcestershire and the next 3 ingredients and reduce by half over medium-high heat. Stir in the cactus pear puree mix, water and salt to taste. Bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and swirl in the remaining butter. Carefully blend the sauce until smooth.
  • In a saucepan, place the chicken cubes and cover with the cactus pear sauce. Stir and bring to a simmer. Stirring occasionally, cook over low heat for about 1 hour so chicken gets very flavorful and tender. Remove from the sauce and shred the chicken using 2 forks.
  • To build your burrito: reheat the chicken but be careful not to dry it out.

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  • otterpond 8 years ago
    What a feast! I have a very large cactus out back. Lately I've been tripping on recipes to celebrate that bounty. I'm afraid I've missed the cactus pears for this season but will keep in mind for next spring.
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