Curtido (Salvadoran Cabbage Slaw)

Here is a simple easy recipe for Curtido, a type of lightly fermented cabbage slaw, usually made with cabbage, onions, carrots, oregano, and sometimes lime juice.
Curtido is commonly served alongside Pupusas, a Salvadoran stuffed masa cake.
Curtido in a bowl
Curtido is Spanish for "pickled coleslaw".  Curtido, with its sour taste and crunchy texture that perfectly complements the pupusas, is a delicious condiment from El Salvador and Central America.

Only Minutes to Prepare Curtido 

Easy to assemble cabbage slaw ingredients
  • Cabbage - red or green cabbage, or both
  • Onions - red or white onions
  •  Carrots - shredded
  •  Jalapeños - thinly sliced 
How to Make Curtido 
  • Place slaw ingredients in mason jars, pour the vinegar mixture into jars, and seal with a lid. 
  • Allow Curtido to ferment overnight. The longer it ferments the sourer it will be. That's all it takes!

Curtido Ingredients

What Mexican dishes can I use Curtido with?

  • Pupusas
  • Beer Batter Shrimp Tacos
  • Pork Carnitas Tacos
  • Sonoran Hot Dog

  • How long does Curtido last? 
    • After fermentation, you can place Curtido in a jar seal the lid on the top, and keep it in the refrigerator for several months. 
    • Once the jar is opened the Curtido will last about 1 month in the fridge.


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