Hot Mexican Pickles

Large jar of Hot Mexican Pickles from Supper in the Suburbs

Pickles are a big thing right now. Every time I turn on the TV or pick up a magazine I see chefs telling us that pickles are not only seriously tasty but also good for us. This combination of punchy flavour and guilt free enjoyment means that pickles are HOT right now. These Mexican Pickles are not only hot because of the pickled radishes and jalapeños but because they are bang on trend!

Most of us will be familiar with that vinegary jar of pickled jalapeños which are pulled out of the back of the cupboard when fajita night comes around, but what some of you may not know is that hot pickled carrots are also served up during a Mexican feast. By combining the two veggies with baby cucumbers, spring onions, radish and coriander, I’ve created a spicy condiment that not only works well with Mexican food but can jazz up any grilled fish or meat dish.

Taco pickles made from salad veggies at Supper in the Suburbs

So I admit, these aren’t this isn’t the most authentic of pickle recipes but that doesn’t mean they feel out of place on a taco or two. I’ll be honest I don’t love these with beef tacos. Instead I prefer serving them with carnitas, shredded chicken or fish tacos. I’ve also had these pickles with a Mexican inspired prawn salad as well as on the edge of these roasted red peppers and sweet potato quesadilas.

Recipe for Hot Mexican Pickles

Hot Mexican Pickles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 750ml jars


  • 1 large carrot
  • 6 baby cucumbers
  • 3 jalapeños (or other chilli of your choice)
  • 15 radishes
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • handful of coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 250ml cup of distilled white vinegar
  • 750ml cup red wine vinegar
  • 150g granulated sugar
  • 2 750ml jars


  1. First begin by sterilising your jars and place to one side.
  2. Slice the vegetables and garlic thinly into rounds and divide evenly between the two jars along with the coriander leaves.
  3. In a heavy bottomed pan heat the vinegar slowly with the sugar and salt until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  4. Pour over the vegetables and immediately put the tops on to the jars and seal tightly.
  5. Allow the jars to cool completely before storing in a cool dark place.


You can easily sterilise your jars in your dishwasher, or by washing in soapy water and drying in a hot oven.

Once opened the jar will last in the fridge for a couple of weeks - just make sure you keep the vegetables below the vinegar line!

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Hot Mexican Pickles from Supper in the Suburbs

I love the process of pickling food. Freezing is always sold as the best way of preserving food but pickling is by far my preservation method of choice. I love that you capture the veggies in their raw, crunchy state and impact a lovely sharp tang from the vinegar or citrus being used to pickle.

What I love most about these Hot Mexican Pickles is not only that they have the distinctive vinegar hit of a pickle, but that they also have the heat of the jalapeños and peppery kick of the radish, but that they also have the sweetness of the carrots and a pinch of salt or two for good measure.

Serve with…

How to make Hot Mexican Pickles from SUpper in the Suburbs

If I’m perfectly honest I love these so much that I could (and have) eaten these straight out of the jar. If you’d rather eat my Hot Mexican Pickles with something other than just a fork, why not try it with one of these tasty Mexican recipes from some of my favourite food bloggers in the UK.



  1. Roz Roz
    July 8, 2015    

    Words cant describe how much I love pickles. I make them all the time and theres always a variation in my fridge! love your pics 🙂

    • Emma Walton Emma Walton
      July 8, 2015    

      Thanks Roz! I’ve become a bit of a pickle fiend over the last few months too. They just go with everything 😀 my watermelon and feta salad also has pickled shallot. They are delish.

  2. July 8, 2015    

    These sound absolutely delicious – I can’t wait to try and make them myself.

    • Emma Walton Emma Walton
      July 8, 2015    

      Thanks Tracy 😀 I’d love to hear from you if you do xx

  3. July 9, 2015    

    I am literally obsessed with pickles. I eat pickles chillies straight out of the jar and my husband thinks I am crazy haha.

    • Emma Walton Emma Walton
      July 9, 2015    

      Me too!!!! But they taste so good! In that sense I think they are great diet food, full of flavour and so easy to snack on to kill any cravings 🙂

  4. July 9, 2015    

    My OH really loves his pickles (does that sound rude) so would love this recipe.

    • Emma Walton Emma Walton
      July 9, 2015    

      Haha not at all 😉 you’ll have to make them for him 😀

  5. July 13, 2015    

    Ooh these look yummy and so colourful!

    • Emma Walton Emma Walton
      July 13, 2015    

      Thanks Kerry 😀 colourful food always tastes best but you know that 😉

  6. January 22, 2016    

    I love the sound of this, it is fairly similar to a mix found often here in Hungary, definitely giving this a try next harvest season 🙂

    • Emma Walton Emma Walton
      January 22, 2016    

      Thanks Brian! I didn’t know that pickles were common in Hungary. What are they like?

  7. January 22, 2016    

    Pickled cucumbers for burgers! so yum! I haven’t thought of pickling carrots, but now i see why not!

    • Emma Walton Emma Walton
      January 22, 2016    

      I was the same Khadija – in fact I posted my pickled cucumbers (or gherkins as we call them) on here too! The more I started pickling veg the more I realised you could pickle anything!

  8. January 22, 2016    

    I’ve never made pickles before and they seem so easy! I love the bright colors and a Mexican twist!

    • Emma Walton Emma Walton
      January 22, 2016    

      Teresa you must make some! They not only look fab but they taste so vibrant and are good for you too! Lots of good bacteria in pickles which help to maintain a healthy and happy gut 🙂

  9. January 23, 2016    

    This is right up my alley anything spicy , sweet and with a kick that’s .I love pickled carrots ! But have never tried a veggie combo before. They really look delish!!!

    • Emma Walton Emma Walton
      January 23, 2016    

      Thanks Immaculate. Sounds like you would love these. You should definitely give them a try!

  10. January 23, 2016    

    creative approach to pickles! I tend to think basic dil pickles but you show they can in many ways.

    • Emma Walton Emma Walton
      January 23, 2016    

      Thanks David until about a year ago I was exactly the same as you! But now I pickle everything and anything. Did you know that you can even pickle fruit!!!

  11. February 21, 2016    

    I simply love pickles and to have them extra spicy would be great!! I love the color of the vegetables — reminds me of Italian giardiniera. Will definitely try the recipe!!

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