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Mixiotes of mutton with nopales

23 mayo, 2021

If we talk about traditional dishes, the mixiote is a worthy representative of the Mexican gastronomy. The preparation consists mainly of meat in adobo wrapped in a film of maguey stalk that is cooked with steam. The recipe has varied over the years, and today there are endless ingredients that can be added.

The meat that is normally used is mutton or chicken, and this is how in Free Recipes we want you to learn how to make mutton mixiotes with nopales and potatoes, ingredients that will increase its rich flavor. Keep reading and discover the step by step of this mutton mixiote recipe and don’t worry if you are not in Mexico and you can’t find the mixiote sheet, because we will give you some tips so that you can make them from anywhere in the world.

6 diners
Main dish
Low difficulty

Ingredients to make mutton Mixiotes:

How to make mutton Mixiotes:


To start preparing the mutton mixiotes, toast the chiles that must be previously clean without stem, without seed and without veins, give them a light toast without burning them.

Trick: it is very important that you clean them, since the marinade will not strain.

Mutton Mixiotes Recipe - Step 1


Boil 3 cups of water, add the toasted chilies and let them soften for 5 minutes.

Mutton Mixiotes Recipe - Step 2


While the chiles are softening, toast the garlic cloves and onion.

Mutton Mixiotes Recipe - Step 3


Later, blend the chili peppers, onion, garlic cloves, fat peppers, oregano, cumin, two bay leaves, cloves and season with a grain salt to taste. Also add a little of the water from the cooking of the chili peppers.

Trick: Let the chiles warm before blending.

Mutton Mixiotes Recipe - Step 4


In a recipient place the meat and empty the marinade, cover with a transparent plastic and let it rest in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours.

Trick: You can let it rest overnight to further intensify the flavor of the marinade in the meat.

Mutton Mixiotes Recipe - Step 5


After the time of rest of the meat, you can start assembling your mutton mixiotes. To do this, first place a bed of nopales and chopped potatoes on your mixiote sheet. If you do not have leaves for mixiotes you can use aluminum foil without problems.

Trick: don’t forget to season with a little more salt.

Mutton Mixiotes Recipe - Step 6


Add a piece of meat and a little more marinade, too place a bay leaf.

Mutton Mixiotes Recipe - Step 7


Close with the help of a kitchen thread. If you are using aluminum foil, roll up the ends making sure the folds are facing up. Place your mixiotes in a steamer, cover with a cloth and cook for 1 hour.

Mutton Mixiotes Recipe - Step 8


At your service, cut the thread and spreadAccompany with tortillas and enjoy these delicious mutton mixiotes.

Mutton Mixiotes Recipe - Step 9

If you liked the recipe for Mutton mixiotes, we suggest you enter our Lamb Recipes category. You can also visit a selection of the best Mexican recipes.

Mixiotes – Origin and recipes

Mixiotes have their origin in the states of Mexico, Morelos, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala and Querétaro, while their name comes from the Nahuatl words metl Y xiotl, which mean maguey and film of penca respectively. The cultivation of the maguey and the raising of the sheep are part of the economic activity of the region and, nowadays, mixiotes are a very popular recipe at parties or family events.

There is no single way to prepare mixiotes, as other types of meat and ingredients can be used. Here are some of our suggestions for mixiote recipes for you to prepare more of this delicacy of Mexican cuisine: