When I was visiting my family in Mexico last fall, we went to a quaint country style restaurant for breakfast. There was a welcoming area at the front displaying several garden beds, each housing a variety of edibles: beans, hot peppers, basil, and … cacti? The flow of hungry customers to the tables was steady and we got ours right away, so I just quickly took the photo above and joined my party. I was having a hard time choosing from the great variety of delicious choices on the menu, so I listened to the tinny susurrus from my greedy tummy, encouraging me to order a combination platter. I think each item on the plate might deserve a post of its own, so for now, I will let the following photo and ingredient descriptions speak for themselves:
Clockwise, from top right: crispy tortilla chips in red sauce with cheese (chilaquiles rojos), refried beans (frijoles refritos), Sinaloa style spiced pork (chilorio), fried egg on tortilla with salsa (huevo ranchero) and – there they were again! Bright green, sautéed paddle cactus (nopalitos).