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Pickled Red Onions with Habanero Peppers

Pickled Red Onions with Habanero Peppers

While traveling through the Yucatan area of Mexico, we found one local condiment that made most local dishes that we tried just that much better.

In the Yucatan almost every taco and most sandwiches are dressed spicy Mexican pickled onions – Escabeche de Cebolla.

Pickled onions are a great topping on cochinita pibil!

The idea is to enhance the flavor of grilled and slow cooked meats, adding a little spicy kick without overwhelming the dish. Many of the marinades use tangy vinegar and citrus as a base which combines beautifully with the savory flavor of the meat.

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Mexican Pickled Onions Recipe

The pickled onions add a little crunchy texture and a pop of flavor that brings all the flavors together. Try it with our Barbacoa Beef Tacos – muy delicioso!

Our recipe calls for Mexican oregano, but substituting it with standard dried oregano will also work well.

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Yield: 8 Servings

Pickled Onions with Habanero Peppers

Pickled Red Onions

Pickled Red Onions with Habanero Peppers - a perfect condiment that goes with everything!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 Medium Sized Red Onion
  • 2 + Cups (473 ml) Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Fresh Habanero Pepper
  • 1/8 Cup (36g) Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon (1g) Fresh Mexican Oregano


  1. Thinly slice the onion and habanero pepper
  2. Place them inside a glass pickling jar.
  3. Add the salt, and oregano, and enough apple cider vinegar to cover the vegetables.
  4. Mix well so all of the ingredients are combined.
  5. Cover and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours.
  6. The pickled onions can be stored for several weeks.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 19Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 400mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 0g
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Thursday 18th of March 2021

sodium is 400mg per serving, I have high BP, can I leave out the salt. Thank you

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