On my family’s ranch in Durango, Mexico, we primarily grows apples and quince, but there’s also one acre set aside just for the family. That’s where we grow our food – jalapeños, onions, carrots, pinto beans, and more.
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During harvest season, we pickled our food from that one little acre – just like these Mexican Pickled Onions, or Cebolla en Escabeche.
They are ready in no time. You’ll wonder why you never made them before.
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How to Make Mexican Red Onions
- Slice the red onion.
- Yes, you can use white onions too.
We love our toppings in Mexico – chiles en vinagre, Mexican pickled carrots, radishes, cucumbers, Mexican salsa recipes, avocado slices, etc. Forget “top of the morning to you.” We’re ready to Top OFF everything in sight.
When traveling throughout the country, you’ll find these Mexican Pickled Onions at just about every taco stand. These are the same onions you’ll find served with Tortas Ahogadas.
Sure, you can buy them, but they’re so incredibly easy to make. Why waste your money when you can make them exactly the way you like them? Plus, you can stretch the lifespan of an onion for months, even up to a year.
Best Storage Jars for Pickled Onions
You can store Mexican Pickled Onions in any glass jar. However, my favorite are the Ball jars. They’re super cheap and good quality. I use them for other things too like storing sauces and salsas.
I got mine at the local grocery store, but you can also find them on Amazon.
- Pour the mixture over the onions.
- Give everything a gentle stir to combine.
The beauty of making food at home is making it exactly according to your taste. I’m using a red onion and jalapeño.
If you’re not into spice, you can take out the chile pepper. The sugar is totally optional, but it will add some sweetness to the tangy, tart onions.
You also might hear people refer to Mexican Red Onions:
Pickled Red Onions
Escabeche de Cebolla
Cebolla en vinagre
Are pickled onions healthy?
Yes! Red onions are rich in folate (Vitamin B9) which helps reduce the risk of a stroke and improves heart health.
They also have a good amount of probiotics and digestive enzymes to help maintain a healthy stomach.
How long do pickled onions last?
- Opened jars last 2 weeks in the fridge.
- Unopened jars and in a pantry, they last 1-2 years.
- Unopened jars and in a refrigerator, they last 1-2 years.
What do you eat pickled onions with?
They are delicious on just about anything. However, I highly recommend making this recipe next time pork carnitas, carne asada street tacos, or chuletas adobadas are on the menu.
Or include the pickled onions to the recipe itself. For example, Salpicon de Pollo, Salpicon de Res, or Tostada de Atun are authentic Mexican recipes that are made with pickled onions.You will love the flavor they bring to any dish. Hope you enjoy!Did you make this recipe? Please rate the recipe below!
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Mexican Pickled Onions (Cebolla en Escabeche)
- Bring the water to a soft boil and immediately remove from the heat.
- Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Mix the sugar-water with the vinegar, salt, oregano.
- Slice the onion into thin rings.
- Put the onion slices in a jar.
- If you’d like the onions to be spicy, add in strips of habanero, serrano, or jalapeño peppers.
- Add the bay leaves.
- Pour the mixed liquid into the jar and stir.
- Close the jar and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
Maggie Unzueta is the writer/blogger, photographer, recipe developer, videographer, and creator of In Mama Maggie's Kitchen. She has been developing easy and authentic Mexican food, Mexican-inspired recipes, and traveling tips since 2010. From family recipes to her extensive travels throughout Mexico, she brings traditional Mexican flavors from South of the Border and into your kitchen. Maggie has been featured in notable culinary websites and other media outlets. For more details, check out her About page.