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Featuring crispy, tangy Curtido cabbage slaw.

Spicy Curtido Cabbage Slaw

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Pair your meats with Spicy Curtido Cabbage slaw, a mix of crisp cabbage, carrots, onion, and fiery chiles, bathed in a tangy pickle brine. This Salvadoran slaw is commonly served with cheesy pupusas and pairs well with burritos, tacos, or anything that needs a tangy crunch.

  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: About 10 cups 1x


  • 1 small green cabbage, finely shredded (about 8 cups)
  • 2 medium carrots, grated (use box grater, large holes)
  • 1/2 white, sweet, or red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, julienned
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Shred the vegetables and grate the carrots. Make sure everything is evenly sliced, not too thin, so they remain crispy after pickling.
  2. Parcook the cabbage with hot water. Place the shredded cabbage in a large strainer. Warm about 3 cups of water until very hot, almost boiling. Pour the hot water over the cabbage slowly and it will start to shrink as it’s being cooked. Drain the cabbage well.
  3. Combine the ingredients. Add the cabbage to a large bowl along with the grated carrots, onion, jalapeno, oregano, and salt. Toss well to mix everything. Pour in the vinegar and water, tossing once again to coat everything.
  4. Transfer the ingredients to glass jars. Stuff the curtido into mason jars and press down firmly. Pour in the brine and make sure the vegetables are completely submerged.
  5. Cover the jars and store in the fridge for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight. This will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.


  • Use a mandolin slicer to shred the cabbage and slice the onions, this will save time and create consistent slices.
  • Feel free to swap out the vinegar with other flavors, such as rice vinegar or white wine vinegar.
  • Make sure you taste the jalapeno for spiciness before using it.
  • Author: Brad Prose
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pickling
  • Cuisine: Side Dish
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