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Mexican Taco Slaw

This easy cabbage slaw for tacos is great as a taco topping, but also as a side to any Mexican dish.

Easy Mexican Taco Slaw

Crunchy, colorful, and creamy slaw!  It’s a great all-around slaw recipe with a touch of sweetness, some tanginess from freshly squeezed lime juice, and crunch from shredded cabbage and carrots.

This taco slaw is the perfect complement to seafood, carnitas, and barbacoa tacos. The simple combination of fresh coleslaw ingredients (cabbage, green onions, carrots, and cilantro) is combined with a dressing that takes less than one minute to make.

Mexican Taco Slaw

Ingredients in Taco Slaw

Vegetables: Cabbage, cilantro, green onions, serranos (optional), and carrots are the colorful base to taco slaw.
Dressing: Mayonnaise, lime juice, and apple cider vinegar add the creaminess to the slaw.
Seasoning: Salt, sugar, and cumin finish the slaw with flavor.

Make This Taco Slaw in Less Than 15 Minutes

Use a mandoline slicer to thinly slice the cabbage and carrots. 
  • Place one-quarter of cabbage on top of the mandoline and then use your blade guard to push it through the blade, until you shred the entire thing. This takes only a few minutes to slice the cabbage and carrots. If you don't have a mandoline slicer, thinly slice cabbage with a knife, and use the largest hole in the box grater for carrots.
  • Slice green onion and use only the "green part" and roughly chop cilantro. You can use more or less cilantro according to your preference. Serrano chile peppers are an option to add some spunk to your taco slaw, just mince your pepper.
  • Mix mayo, lime juice, vinegar, and seasonings in a small bowl.
  • In a medium-size bowl, mix cabbage mixture with dressing. Refrigerate until ready for use. Taco slaw will be good for up to 2 days in the fridge in a covered storage container.

  • Mexican Taco Slaw

    Variations of Taco Slaw
    Adjustments can be made to taco slaw according to your preference.
    • Greek yogurt can replace mayonnaise.
    • Mexican oregano 1/4 tsp will add more flavor to the slaw
    • Add tidbits of pineapple for a side salad
    • Taco slaw can be all red cabbage or all green


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    Easy Taco Slaw

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    This easy cabbage slaw for tacos is great as a taco topping, but also as a side to any Mexican dish.

    • 2 cups red cabbage, finely shredded
    • 1 cup green cabbage, finely shredded
    • 1/2 cup peeled and julienned carrots
    • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (green parts only)
    • 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
    • 1-2 serrano chiles, stemmed and minced (optional)
    • 1/4 cup radish, sliced (optional)
    • 1/2 cup mayo
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
    • 1/2 teaspoons sea salt or kosher
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    1. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, lime juice, vinegar, cumin, salt, and sugar until well combined
    2. In a bowl, combine the red and green cabbage, carrot, green onions, cilantro, and serrano chiles.
    3. Add the mayonnaise mixture and toss until thoroughly mixed. Cover and refrigerate until use.

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