Homemade Escabeche (Mexican Pickled Vegetables) Recipe

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Homemade Escabeche (Mexican Pickled Vegetables) is a quick pickle recipe made with jalapeno peppers, carrot, and red onion.
Top view of Escabeche (Mexican Pickled Vegetables) in a yellow bowl

Homemade Escabeche (Mexican Pickled Vegetables) are a perfect quick pickle condiment for your Mexican food! Great on tacos, burritos, and more!

Homemade Escabeche (Mexican Pickled Vegetables) is a quick pickle recipe made with jalapeno peppers, carrot, and red onion. A gluten free and vegan refrigerator pickle that makes a great condiment. #escabeche #mexicanpickles #quickpickle #refrigeratorpickle

I am a huge lover of Mexican recipes, only second to Italian, and this Homemade Escabeche is a great Mexican condiment to have on hand!

Typically, escabeche salad is made with red onion, carrot, and jalapeno peppers in a quick pickle. But you can add any other favorite vegetables, such as cauliflower (which I have seen a good amount of!).

If you want it super spicy, add either more jalapeno or a spicier pepper like serrano peppers or even habanero to this escabeche recipe. (Spicy carrots are just amazing as a sweet and spicy condiment!).

Also use more or less of any ingredient as you prefer. I personally love LOTS of onion and less carrot, so go with what you love!

It is an easy recipe to feel like you are at your favorite Mexican restaurant or local taqueria!

Why You Will Love This Recipe

These pickled vegetables bring a ton of flavor with a tang to any recipe.

The acidity of the pickling liquid is a great balance to anything that is heavy or rich.

It is incredibly easy to make and a great condiment to share with anything Mexican or Latin!

Homemade Escabeche (Mexican Pickled Vegetables) is a quick pickle recipe made with jalapeno peppers, carrot, and red onion. A gluten free and vegan refrigerator pickle that makes a great condiment. #escabeche #mexicanpickles #quickpickle #refrigeratorpickle

What is Escabeche

Escabeche recipes originated when preserving food was highly necessary, blending Mediterranean food with Arabic methods.

Traditionally, escabeche refers to a method of preserving fish or meat by marinating it in a flavorful blend of vinegar, aromatic herbs, spices, and vegetables.

Modern adaptations have expanded the horizons of escabeche, making it suitable for a wide range of ingredients.

You will often find this vegetable escabeche recipe in Mexican restaurants served up as a condiment.

Pickled carrots and red onions are the most common variations or ingredients to find.

Ingredients Needed

You can find the full recipe and quantities in the recipe card below.

Here is what you need to make this Mexican pickled vegetable salad:

Red Onions – you could also use white or yellow onion if preferred

Carrots

Jalapeno – or spicier peppers if you want it hot!

Coriander (seed or ground)

Cumin (seed or ground)

Apple Cider Vinegar – white vinegar will also work

Sugar

Salt

Spices

The pickling in this vegetable escabeche recipe is very similar to Vietnamese Banh Mi pickles or classic cucumber pickles, but with Mexican spices of cumin and coriander.

Coriander is the seed of the cilantro plant but tastes rather different, so if you are one of the people that things cilantro tastes like soap (which is hereditary, and fortunately not a problem I have), you might still like coriander!

The coriander seed and cumin seed are technically better options for a pickle, but if you are like me and do not want to buy an entire spice for one recipe, ground coriander and ground cumin are great as well.

The recipe includes amounts for both. Just know the ground spices might make the brine a little cloudy but otherwise the flavor should still be the same.

Homemade Escabeche (Mexican Pickled Vegetables) is a quick pickle recipe made with jalapeno peppers, carrot, and red onion. A gluten free and vegan refrigerator pickle that makes a great condiment. #escabeche #mexicanpickles #quickpickle #refrigeratorpickle

Instruction Overview

Want to know how to make escabeche? It literally takes just a few minutes to make Mexican Pickled Vegetables with an apple cider vinegar base.

And I recommend storing the escabeche vegetable salad in mason jars so you can see the contents.

Cut up your vegetables and place them in two pint jars. Heat your brine ingredients and then pour the vinegar mixture over the vegetables.

Let the refrigerator pickles soak for at least 30 minutes and they are ready! Just pop them in the refrigerator once the jars are cool enough to handle (room temperature).

If you prefer crunchy veggies, you want to eat them within the first few days. They will get softer the longer they sit in the mixture of vinegar.

FAQs

What does escabeche mean in cooking?

It means pickled vegetables. Sometimes it refers to pickled meats, such as shrimp escabeche. It is typically served cold.

What is the difference between escabeche and ceviche?

Escabeche is a pickled vegetable condiment that is fully pickled in a warm liquid.
Ceviche is made with raw fish or shrimp in a mixture that involves an acid, such as lime, lemon, or vinegar. The acid very gently and lightly “cooks” the meat.
You could say it is somewhat pickled for this reason but is cooked and made in a very different way.

How is escabeche eaten?

You can eat the pickled vegetables just as is. They make a great side!
But my favorite way to use them is as a topping or condiment for other tasty Mexican foods. It is perfect on tacos! See a list of our tacos below the recipe card.

Does escabeche need to be refrigerated?

Yes. These pickled vegetables are considered fresh and have not gone through fermentation, so they should be refrigerated.

Uses for Escabeche

This easy quick pickle recipe is a perfect condiment for your favorite Mexican dishes.

My favorite way to eat escabeche is on top of tacos! The acidity, crunch, and flavors are just perfect for pretty much any taco. You can find some of our favorite Mexican recipes and tacos to try it with below!

It also makes a great snack or side dish, and can be used on top of any other recipe that you want to bring some crunch and acidity to.

Homemade Escabeche (Mexican Pickled Vegetables) is a quick pickle recipe made with jalapeno peppers, carrot, and red onion. A gluten free and vegan refrigerator pickle that makes a great condiment. #escabeche #mexicanpickles #quickpickle #refrigeratorpickle

Modifications and Changes

Use any vegetable you want such as cauliflower florets, green beans, radishes, or garlic cloves! It is a great way to preserve and use up any vegetables you might need to get through.

Want it spicy? Use hotter peppers like a serrano, and/or more of them!

If desired, you can add a bay leaf or two to the vinegar and spice mixture. The bay leaves will add some subtle floral flavor.

Kim’s Tips

The thicker the vegetables are cut, the crunchier or firmer they are likely to be. Take this into consideration when thinking about what texture you want for how you are using them.

Change up the ratios to what you love. I am personally a fan of more onion, less carrot.

Homemade Escabeche (Mexican Pickled Vegetables) is a quick pickle recipe made with jalapeno peppers, carrot, and red onion. A gluten free and vegan refrigerator pickle that makes a great condiment. #escabeche #mexicanpickles #quickpickle #refrigeratorpickle

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Escabeche Recipe (Mexican Pickled Vegetables)

Homemade Escabeche (Mexican Pickled Vegetables) is a quick pickle recipe made with jalapeno peppers, carrot, and red onion.
4.97 from 53 votes
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Game Day, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Passive Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 104kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut the vegetables and place them in a pint sized mason jar (or two). Use more or less of any vegetable as desired.
    1 small red onion, 2 medium carrots, 1 large jalapeno
  • If using whole seeds, toast them in a small pot over medium heat until fragrant, approximately 2 minutes.
    1/2 teaspoon ground coriander, 1/4 heaping teaspoon ground cumin
  • Add the vinegar, water, sugar, and salt to the pot (and add the ground spices here if using ground instead) and bring to a boil.
    1/2 teaspoon ground coriander, 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar, 3/4 cup water, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 heaping teaspoon ground cumin
  • Remove the pot from the heat and pour the vinegar mixture into the jars over the vegetables. Let cool and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Notes

Coriander seeds and cumin seeds are technically best for pickling, but ground corinader and ground cumin are more accessible, they just make a cloudy brine. So use whatever you like!
Using mason jars are a perfect way to store these vegetables!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup (1/2 recipe) | Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 640mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 10266IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
By on May 17th, 2020

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29 thoughts on “Homemade Escabeche (Mexican Pickled Vegetables) Recipe”

  1. 3 stars
    Pretty sure the vinegar to water ratio is reversed here. My first attempt I followed the recipe precisely and it ended up tasting like purely apple cider vinegar. I switched the ratio from 2:1 vinegar/water to 1:2 water/vinegar and it tasted much more like escabeche. The spices are good though!

    Reply
    • Hi John,
      So sorry you did not like it. It is not reversed as any pickled recipe should have at least 50% vinegar. I’ve had a lot of success with this recipe and guests but glad you found a ratio that works for you!

      Reply
    • John – Possible solution for your taste, but in your description of the before after ratios; you ended up with the same/original ratios. I think you meant to indicate you switched the ratios from 2:1 vinegar/water to 1:2 vinegar/water; = less vinegar and more water is what I think you were trying to convey.

      Reply
  2. 5 stars
    I love pickled vegetables but these have taken it to the next level! The chilli really adds an amazing flavour and heat! I’ll be eating these all summer!

    Reply
    • Hi Heidi,

      I have not tried it, but I would suggest following instructions for doing so from a pickled recipe for your best chance! I would assume it would work, but again, have not tried it myself. Please let us know how it goes!

      Reply
  3. 5 stars
    I have never pickled anything in my life, but now I want to because this looks amazing!! I am bookmarking this to make this weekend 🙂

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  4. 5 stars
    This was an incredible tasting recipe that our family will cherish for the years to come. Great tips, tricks, and instructions! Have a fabulous day!

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  5. 5 stars
    I have all of the needed ingredients in my garden – excited to try this out with them all! Sounds delicious! Thanks for the share!

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  6. 5 stars
    This is my second time making this recipe, tripled the recipe, added 2 heads of garlic and also red seedless sweeties (I call them red jalapeno) in addition to the green ones. Made 6 jars of 1 cup. absolutely delish and gorgeous presentation in glass jar.
    thank you so much for posting.

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  7. 5 stars
    We make escabeche at home so i know that this dish is great! The ingredients are fresh and well taken care of, the flavors we’re on point and the presentation is good!

    Reply

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