Eat Dollar Cactus Street Tacos in Mexico

Prior to my visit to La Bufadora in Mexico, the only street food I have ever partaken in was the must-have hot dog from a vendor on the streets of New York City, mostly because it had “Bucket List Opportunity” written all over it. 9 times out of 10 I will opt for a dining experience at a sit-down restaurant, since I own one myself. But, that all changed street tacos in Mexico.

After visiting the amazing blow hole at La Bufadora, we started our way back through the endless stream of shops. I got less then ten steps before these fresh clams grilling caught my eye.
shellfish in mexico clam back street food

Five bucks for a big, fish stuffed clam. Okay.
Annette White eating clam street food in Mexico

Though the pounds of gummy candies were tempting, I passed right by. I was distracted by the sweet, spicy & nutty smells wafting through the gentle breeze.
Mexican street candy mexican street candy

Ah ha. The culprit. This man making fresh spiced nuts. Why is he so skinny? I would be eating fistfuls of these nuts all day if I had to work here. They were handing out samples straight from the pan and they tasted better than they smelled.
spiced nuts street food in mexico

Fruit cups o’plenty. These colorful cups of fruit seemed to be found at every other booth. Pick your pleasure; cactus, mango, papaya, coconut…
fruit cups in mexico

I had heard people mention dollar street tacos, but thought it was just a myth. Who could be selling street tacos for just a buck? La Cabana does. There were five flavors to choose from and I would like to say “it was a tough decision”, but it was not. If you have read any of my weird food posts, you would know that the only option would be cactus street tacos. I ordered one.
dollar street tacos in Mexico

The street tacos were made to order and I watched as this man picked up the biggest cleaver to chop the cactus.

I feared for his fingers.

After working his taco magic, he handed me a tortilla with my grilled cactus and a sprinkling of cabbage.
making street tacos in Mexico cactus street tacos

And then I was able to dress it up with the dozen condiments available. Yes to guacamole. Why not to the refried beans. I’ll pass on the spicy salsa. I am a wimp. 
street taco condiments

My mouth was watering before my first bite.

Turns out cactus is not tough or overly flavorful, but it is a little…um…slippery. Not bad, but I definitely prefer a Prickly Pear Margarita.

Have you ever had Mexican street tacos or food?

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2019-01-26T13:49:18+00:00November 1st, 2011|Categories: Central America, FOOD, Mexico, QUIRKY, TRAVEL|Tags: |


  1. Simply Paul November 2, 2011 at 3:44 am - Reply

    The photos of the food look amazing. I've very little experience with MIxican food but I will deffinately add eat a hot dog in New York to my list of things to do there in December!

    • Annette Renee White November 2, 2011 at 3:45 am - Reply

      You for sure have to have a vendor hot dog in New York! They are the best!

  2. Krista November 2, 2011 at 3:58 am - Reply

    Oh how fun! I was ogling cactus the other day here in Australia wondering what it tasted like. 🙂 Slippery is not a description that makes me want to dig in any time soon. 🙂

    • Annette Renee White November 2, 2011 at 8:05 am - Reply

      Slippery is definitely not a texture I enjoy when it comes to my food 😉

  3. 50+ and on the Run November 3, 2011 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Yeah, slippery is bad–papaya is the only fruit in the world I've ever truly hated and I think that's why.  Love most street food, though. 

    • Annette White November 5, 2011 at 8:41 am - Reply

      I look forward to trying more street food and I hope it’s not slippery!

  4. Michaela November 16, 2011 at 7:36 am - Reply

    I would love to try cactus.  I imagine it being kinda hard too – definitely not slippery!  And that clam.  OMG!  I can smell it through this computer screen.  I bet that it tasted wonderful.  Now, I'm starving!

    • Annette White November 16, 2011 at 9:02 am - Reply

      I know! The texture of the cactus was so unexpected!

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  6. Kerry July 9, 2014 at 2:35 am - Reply

    I might try this, but if I do make it to Mexico I will have to be careful because I am the world’s biggest wimp with anything too hot or spicy. I do need to travel more to tropical places because I love mango and it must taste amazing in such locales.

    • Annette White July 9, 2014 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      Mexican food is really tough for me because I don’t like spicy, cilantro or raw tomatoes!

  7. Susie May 16, 2017 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Would love to try these candies from the street. Also man oh man. I thought those clams were small. Then I saw the following photo. They’re huge but look delicious!

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