Whip up a batch of these addictive Mexican Pickled Carrots and Jalapeños, also called Zanahorias en Escabeche, to serve alongside your favorite Mexican recipes.
Pickled Jalapeños and Carrots
Here are the “must have” ingredients to make this pickled carrots recipe. For the full list of ingredients, reference the recipe card below.
- Fresh Carrots
- White Vinegar
- Pickling Spices (such as oregano and peppercorn)
How To Make
The process for pickling Mexican carrots and jalapeños is a breeze. Here’s a brief overview; the full list of instructions are in the recipe card below:
Step 1. Dice and slice the vegetables.
Step 2. Boil the vegetables.
Step 3. Add the veggies and vinegar brine to large heat resistant glass jars.
Let marinate a minimum of 3 hours before enjoying!
How To Pick The Best Mexican Vegetables
High quality produce equals higher quality Mexican pickled vegetables. When shopping, here’s what to look out for:
- Jalapeños should be firm with smooth skin.
- Carrots should be uniform thickness (when pickling).
- Avoid baby carrots as they are less flavorful.
Prepping The Vegetables
There are two ways to trim asparagus, depending on your preference.
- Carrots – peel and cut into 1/4″ slices on the diagonal
- Jalapeños – cut into 1/4″ slices
- Onions – cut into 1/4″ slices
Spicy Pickled Vegetables – If you prefer spicy pickled veggies, add extra red pepper flakes, to taste. I’ve been known to add a full tablespoon of red pepper flakes.
Mild Pickled Vegetables- Prefer a mild version? Just omit the jalapeños!
Sweet – Like sweet pickled vegetables? Increase the sugar by 1 tablespoon to add extra sweetness. We do recommend tasting the initial pickling brine prior to get a good sense of the flavor.
Top 10 Serving Ideas
Pickled Mexican carrots and jalapeños can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Here are some ideas for incorporating them into your favorite dishes.
- Cocktail Garnish (Michelada or Bloody Mary)
- Salad Topping
- Sandwich Filling
- Taco/Nacho Topping
- Charcuterie Board
- Stir-fry Ingredient
- Bánh mì Dishes
- Rice Bowl Topping
- Relish Tray Addition
Mexican Pickled Carrots
Mexican pickled carrots have a rich history; originating from the marriage of Spanish pickling techniques with indigenous Mexican ingredients, this Mexican condiment has been enjoyed since the colonial era.
Over time, Mexican carrots have become a beloved staple served as a colorful and tangy accompaniment at local taquerias and restaurants.
- Once jarred, marinate for a minimum of 3 hours. The longer they marinate the more tender and flavorful they will be.
- Store the jars of pickled Mexican carrots in the refrigerator for up to two months.
- This recipe hasn’t been testing for canning. If canning, follow the proper canning methods as outlined on the NCHFP website.
- When stored in an airtight container Mexican pickled carrots can last up to 3 months in the fridge.
- Inspect the carrots regularly for any discoloration or off-odors, which indicate spoilage and must be discarded immediately.
- 4 cloves garlic, smashed
- 1½ cups distilled white vinegar (*Note 1)
- 1½ cups water
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 3 whole dried bay leaves
- 1 tsp black peppercorn
- 1½ tsp Mexican oregano (*Note 2)
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 lbs whole carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4" slices
- 2-3 medium jalapeños, cut into 1/4" slices
- ½ small white onion, cut into 1/4" slices
- Add the garlic, vinegar, water, olive oil, bay leaves, peppercorns, Mexican oregano and salt to a large stockpot and bring to a boil.4 cloves garlic, smashed1½ cups distilled white vinegar1½ cups water2 tbsp vegetable oil3 whole dried bay leaves1 tsp black peppercorn1½ tsp Mexican oregano1 tsp salt
- Add the carrots, jalapeños, and onions to the stockpot and lower heat to medium-low. (*Note 2) Let simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes.2 lbs whole carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4" slices2-3 medium jalapeños, cut into 1/4" slices½ small white onion, cut into 1/4" slices
- Let the vegetables and brine cool. Once cooled, transfer the vegetables to a sterile glass jar. Use a ladle to top off the glass jar with the brine, leaving 1/2" at the top.
- Marinate for a minimum of 3 hours to help maximize flavor.