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Authentic Mexican Pickled Carrots

Authentic Mexican Pickled Carrots Recipe


Welcome to our authentic recipes section! Today, we’re sharing a vibrant and flavorful recipe for Authentic Mexican Pickled Carrots. These tangy and spicy pickled carrots are a classic Mexican side dish that pairs perfectly with tacos, sandwiches, or as a tasty snack on their own. Let’s get started!



  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 large white onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 jalapeños, sliced (optional for extra heat)


Step 1: Prepare the Vegetables

  1. Slice Carrots and Onion: Peel the carrots and slice them into thin rounds. Thinly slice the white onion. Set aside.
  2. Prep Garlic and Jalapeños: Peel and halve the garlic cloves. Slice the jalapeños if using.

Step 2: Make the Pickling Brine

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a large saucepan, combine the white vinegar, water, granulated sugar, and kosher salt. Stir to dissolve the sugar and salt.
  2. Add Spices: Add the bay leaves, dried oregano, black peppercorns, cumin seeds, dried thyme, and whole cloves to the saucepan.

Step 3: Cook the Vegetables

  1. Bring to a Boil: Bring the pickling brine to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add Vegetables: Once the brine is boiling, add the sliced carrots, onions, garlic, and sliced jalapeños (if using) to the saucepan.
  3. Simmer: Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5-7 minutes, or until the carrots are tender but still crisp.

Step 4: Cool and Jar the Pickles

  1. Remove from Heat: Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool slightly.
  2. Transfer to Jars: Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to sterilized jars, packing them tightly. Pour the brine over the vegetables, ensuring they are fully submerged.
  3. Seal Jars: Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean, damp cloth. Place the lids on the jars and seal tightly.

Step 5: Refrigerate and Serve

  1. Refrigerate: Allow the pickled carrots to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. Serve: Serve the authentic Mexican pickled carrots as a side dish, with tacos, sandwiches, or as a flavorful snack. Enjoy!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Carrots: Use fresh, firm carrots for the best texture. Thinly slicing them ensures they pickle evenly.
  • Jalapeños: Adjust the number of jalapeños based on your desired heat level. Remove the seeds for a milder flavor.
  • Sterilizing Jars: Sterilize the jars and lids by boiling them in water for 10 minutes. Drain on a clean towel before using.


Spicy Pickled Carrots

Add more sliced jalapeños or a couple of whole dried chili peppers for extra heat.


Mixed Pickled Vegetables

Add other vegetables such as sliced bell peppers, cauliflower florets, or green beans to the mix for a colorful and varied pickled vegetable medley.


Herbed Pickled Carrots

Add a sprig of fresh rosemary or thyme to each jar for an additional herbal flavor.


Garlic-Lovers Pickled Carrots

Increase the amount of garlic to 6-8 cloves for a more pronounced garlic flavor.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long do pickled carrots last?

Properly sealed and refrigerated, these pickled carrots will last for up to 1 month. Always use a clean utensil to remove carrots from the jar to prevent contamination.

Can I use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar?

Yes, apple cider vinegar can be used for a slightly different flavor profile. Ensure the vinegar has at least 5% acidity for proper pickling.

Do I have to use sugar in the brine?

The sugar helps balance the acidity and enhances the flavor of the pickles, but you can reduce or omit it if desired.

Can I make this recipe without onions?

Yes, you can omit the onions if you prefer. The carrots will still be delicious and flavorful.

What can I serve with pickled carrots?

These pickled carrots are great as a side dish with Mexican meals, in sandwiches, on tacos, or simply as a snack on their own.


Authentic Mexican Pickled Carrots are a vibrant and flavorful addition to any meal. With their tangy, spicy, and slightly sweet taste, they’re sure to become a favorite in your household. Enjoy making and sharing these delicious pickles with your family and friends!