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December 21, 2020

This savory Vegan Posole Verde with pinto beans and hominy is perfect for both special occasions and everyday dinners.

November 28, 2020

One of my favorite desserts, Bionicos (Mexican Fruit Cups), a popular street food, made from seasonal fruit and add-ins; easy to make, and whips up in a few minutes. 


November 23, 2020

 If your favorite part of hitting your favorite taco shop is munching on the free pickled carrots and jalapeños, you’re going to love this recipe.
Sliced jalapeno peppers pickled in vinegar with onions, carrot slices, and spices.

Pickled Jalapeños and Carrots in white bowl

Taqueria-Style Pickled Jalapeños and Carrots are great with burgers, tacos, steaks, and so much more! 
Perfect for weekend grilling with friends and family, and game day, jalapeños can be pretty spicy and if your guests aren’t used to spicy things, you might want to give them a heads-up before serving.

Ingredients in Taqueria-Style Pickled Jalapeños and Carrots

  • Vegetables: Jalapeños, Carrots, onions, garlic
  • Spices : Black Peppercorns, Bay leaves, Mexican oregano
  • Liquid: Vinegar, water
  • Oil: Vegetable, or olive oil
  • Salt:  Sea salt, or kosher salt
  • Sugar: granulated

How to make Taqueria-Style Pickled Jalapeños and Carrots

Slice the jalapenos, onions, and carrots to ¼ inch thick, discarding the stems.
  • In a large stockpot add the garlic, vinegar, water, oil, bay leaves, peppercorns, oregano, salt. Bring to a boil and add the carrots, onion, and jalapeños. Lower heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes, uncovered.
  • Cool, then transfer to a jar. If more liquid is needed to cover add equal parts of water and white vinegar. Keep refrigerated.
  • This will keep sealed in the refrigerator for a couple weeks. If you’d like to keep it longer, process it in a water bath before storing it.

    Raw Jalapeños and Carrots                            Cooked Jalapeños and Carrots

    Once the jalapeños are a dull green, use tongs and and transfer the veggies to a jar, before pouring the brine overtop. Allow to cool before storing in your fridge.
    This recipe is suitable for canning but make sure that the vinegar you use has 5% acidity. 

    Pickled Jalapeños and Carrots| The Busy Abuelita


    November 19, 2020

    Spicy Pickled Red Onions adds tangy crunch and a bright pink note to your tacos, enchiladas, and tostadas.  Perfect for grilled burgers and steaks, the ultimate condiment to your meal.

    Pickled Red Onions with Jalapeños
    What is in Spicy Pickled Red Onions
    Red OnionsWhen choosing onions, look for dry, firm bulbs that feel heavy for their size. Avoid soft spots and green sprouts.  You can store whole onions in a mesh-type bag or open basket for up to two months in a cool, dark, dry space.

    Jalapeños: The older the pepper, and the more stress the plant has been under, the more white lines you'll see, and the hotter the pepper will be. The smoother the pepper, the younger, less stressed, and milder it is.

    Mexican Oregano: You can always substitute regular oregano leaves for Mexican oregano leaves. It won't be quite as pungent, but it'll do the trick. ... Mexican oregano does add a citrus note to recipes as well, so you may wish to introduce that flavor by including a few pinches of ground coriander

    Apple Cider Vinegar: White distilled vinegar gives clarity to pickled items and is cheap, but some people feel its taste is harsh; Apple cider vinegar can color pickled items brown and is more expensive, but some people prefer its flavor.

    Salt: the salt used in pickling not only provides characteristic flavor but also is vital to safety and texture. In fermented foods, salt favors the growth of desirable bacteria while inhibiting the growth of others.

    Sugar: Sweetener helps to make the food product more palatable by masking the tartness and sourness of the acidity.

    Raw, cooked, or pickledRed onions are the most nutritious and healthy of all onions. In addition to other vitamins and minerals, they are rich in vitamin B9 and folate AKA which can improve heart health. And for your digestive system, they are also packed with good probiotics and digestive enzymes.

    Pickled Red Onions in jar


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