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Pickled red onions

What better way to add flavor and color to our dishes than with pickled red onions! These vibrant condiment is transformed through a simple pickling process that enhances its natural flavors. It’s the perfect toping for tacos and many other Mexican dishes. Get ready to elevate your meals and add a delicious burst of flavor. It will take your culinary creations to the next level.

Pickled red onions

Types of peppers you can use

Whether you prefer the vibrant heat from the jalapeños, the grassy flavor from the serranos, or the fruitiness from the habanero; there’s a pepper to perfectly complement your pickled red onions. Even though these are all spicy peppers, they have a unique and distinctive flavor to offer, allowing you to customize the flavor profile and the end result.

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Pickled red onions

Recipe by Villa Cocina
4.6 from 28 votes
Course: SidesCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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Pickled red onions are the perfect topping for your tacos or any dish because of their texture, color and tangy flavor. It’s surprisingly easy to make and the outcome is delicious!



  • Pickling liquid: Dissolve the sugar and salt in the hot water. Then, mix in the vinegar, lime juice, oregano, and black pepper. 
  • Place all the onions and habaneros in an air tight container. Pour in the pickling liquid. Lightly press to make sure the onions are fully submerged. Cover and let them pickle in the fridge until soft and vibrant pink, 1 hr. 
  • Use as needed and keep stored in the fridge. Good for 2 – 4 weeks. 

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