Looking for a quick and easy way to add some heat and flavor to your nachos or tacos? Pickled Jalapeños and Red Onions are exactly what you need! This recipe is so simple, takes minutes to prepare, and then you just leave to pickle for an hour and the spicy topping is ready to go!
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Pickled Jalapeño and Red Onions
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.
One of the great things about these pickled jalapeño and red onions is that you can get them prepped and pickling before you start dinner, and by the food is on the table, you pickles are ready to enjoy too.
With honey, garlic, and of course the spicy jalapeño chilies, this pickled topping is sweet and spicy, and perfect not only for Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes but on top of grilled chicken or steak, in wraps or salads, or anywhere you want a little extra spice!
For a nice twist, try using the pickling liquid in place of plain vinegar in homemade vinaigrettes and marinades.
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
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It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.
- Fresh Produce – Garlic, Red Onions, Jalepeños
- White Vinegar
- Kosher Salt
- Honey – try to buy locally produced honey when possible.
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More Recipes Using Jalapeños
One of the hero ingredients in this dish is jalapeños, so here are some more recipes using the same:
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- How To Make A Jalapeño Bacon Cheese Ball Appetizer For Parties
- Texas Margaritas with Raspberry Liqueur & Jalapeños!
- Wear gloves when handling jalapeno peppers to prevent burning.
How Do I Make Pickled Jalapeño & Red Onions?
Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.
- ¾ cup white vinegar
- ¾ water
- 2 Tbsp kosher salt
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 1 medium red onion, sliced thin
- 6 jalapeno peppers, sliced into rounds, seeds removed
- Combine the vinegar, water, salt, honey, and minced garlic in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk to combine and heat until honey is thoroughly dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Place the sliced onion and peppers in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
- Pour the pickling solution over the contents of the jar to cover completely.
- Leave to sit uncovered for at least one hour at room temperature. Enjoy immediately on top of Beef Chili, Tacos, or Tex Mex Chicken Tenders, or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Safety Tip: Wear gloves when handling jalapeno peppers to prevent burning.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 253Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7592mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 7gSugar: 43gProtein: 3g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Make It A Special Dinner!
You’ve made the side, but what about the rest of the courses?
Here are additional recipes to create a menu for a special meal or dinner party:
- Appetizer: Taco Stuffed Avocados
- Soup: Southwestern Chicken Soup with Black Beans
- Salad: Grilled Corn Salad with Cherry Tomatoes
- Main Dish: Chicken and Black Bean Burrito Skillet – A One-Pan Recipe
- Beverage: Sparkling Mexican Paloma Cocktail with Blanco Tequila & Grapefruit
- Dessert: Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes with Crumble Topping
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