Yucatecan Pickled Onions Recipe

Makes about 1 1/2 cups Servings


  • 1 large red onion, cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices, rings separated
  • 2 garlic cloves, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Recipe Preparation

  • Combine 6 cups water, onion, garlic, and 1 tablespoon coarse salt in heavy medium saucepan. Bring to boil, then boil 1 minute. Drain. Return onions and garlic to same saucepan. Add vinegar and all remaining ingredients. Add enough water to saucepan just to cover onions. Bring to boil over medium heat. Remove from heat, cover, and cool. Transfer onion mixture to bowl, cover, and chill overnight. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 week ahead. Keep chilled.

Recipe by Steven RaichlenReviews Section

    • For the pickled red onion::
    • 2 red onions, peeled and thinly sliced
    • 1/2 cup vinegar
    • 1/4 cup orange juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano or thyme
    • salt and pepper to taste
    1. Preparation: Place onions in a saucepan, add water to cover, bring to a boil and remove from heat. Drain and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process. Place the onions in a non-reactive container with the remaining ingredients and allow to sit for several hours before serving. They keep up to one week in the refrigerator. Makes about 3 cups.

    Yucatecan Pickled Red Onions

    1 ½ cups Gills’ slivered red onions
    2 cloves garlic quartered
    1 tbsp course kosher salt
    ½ cup distilled white vinegar
    3 whole allspice
    1 bay leaf
    ½ tsp ground black pepper
    ½ tsp dried oregano
    ¼ tsp ground cumin


    1. Combine 6 cups water, onion, garlic, and 1 tablespoon coarse salt in heavy medium saucepan.
    2. Bring to a boil, then boil 1 minute. Drain.
    3. Return onions and garlic to same saucepan. Add vinegar and all remaining ingredients.
    4. Add enough water to saucepan just to cover onions.
    5. Bring to boil over medium heat. Remove from heat, cover and cool.
    6. Transfer onion mixture to bowl, cover and chill overnight.

    This can be made 1 week ahead. Keep chilled. Drain onions prior to serving.

    Red onions soaked in oregano, cumin, and garlic. They are deliciously tangy and surprisingly crunchy they go well with so many things.

    Garlic Ancho Chile Paste

    Mexican chile pastes of many hues and potencies dotted our fridge in the days leading up to Easter. After a spirited debate about menu and theme, we decided to cook a Mexican inspired meal for the holiday. Armed with a dozen cookbooks, bags of chiles, and advice from the helpful staff at our local Latin market, we set to work testing the recipes. After many heaps of charred chiles, garlic and herbs were pureed and perfected, we had a winner.

    This Garlic Ancho Chile Paste is smokey, slightly sweet, medium spicy, and richly layered with roasted garlic and spices. Chile pastes are common in Mexican cooking, providing a complex base, potent marinade, or vibrant accent flavor. Ancho chiles are one of our favorites. These dried reddish-brown poblano chile peppers are popular in Mexican cuisine. This gorgeous paste is the starring ingredient in our Charred Ancho Mexican Red Rice and Ancho Cheddar Burgers.


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    No question, the most quirky book I’ve read of late, a recommendation from my friend Karen, West with Giraffes: A Novel by Lynda Rutledge. The book IS a novel, but the event is true. Back in the 1930s a small group of giraffes were brought across the Atlantic from Africa to New York, destined for the then-growing San Diego Zoo. On the voyage the ship encounters a hurricane and several giraffes are lost, but two young ones survive. The story is of their journey across the United States in the care of two oh-so-different people, both with a mission. A young boy (barely an adult) becomes the driver (his only goal is his desire to go to California), with the zoo’s delegate (a middle-aged man with a past), and it’s the story about these two misfits and their caring for the giraffes, feeding them (that’s a laugh – onions play a big part). No freeways existed back then, and the mental picture of the vehicle they used (basically a small truck) with the two giraffes confined within two tall boxes precariously strapped to the truck, and their driving and carrying-on getting under bridges and over rivers is just a hoot. I so wanted this story to be true – parts of it ARE true. Worth reading if you enjoy such animal stories. The giraffes survive, thankfully, and they both lived to a ripe old age at the zoo!

    Also a kind of quirky book by Beth Miller, The Missing Letters of Mrs. Bright. Picture a middle-aged woman, slogging through life with a not-very-attentive husband, grown children, and one day she decides to leave. Completely. Maybe she had a bucket list of sorts, and she knew none of those places would ever happen in her life if she stayed put. She sets off to find a long-lost girlfriend. The book is about her journey. Her travels. Friendships, and lost friendships. Everyone can probably empathize with Kay Bright as she examines her life. And yes, there are letters and chapters with her daughter, Stella. Cute book.

    Katherine Center’s book, Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel is certainly vivid. There aren’t very many women firefighters out there in the world – this is about one. A novel, however. About her work life and the harrassment she endures (some of it’s with love, some not) and about her relationships. The pros and cons of transferring to a different fire station (just like any job move, not always smooth). Good read.

    Riveting story of post-WWII- Japan in Ana Johns novel, The Woman in the White Kimono: A Novel. About a young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American serviceman. Such relationships were fraught with problems from the very strict Japanese families who resented the American presence in their country, to the American military higher-ups who made it impossible for the servicemen to marry Japanese nationals. Could hardly put it down. Yes, it’s a romance of sorts, but not in the typical sense of today’s novel-romance-writing. There aren’t always happy beginnings, middles or endings, but the in between made for very interesting reading.

    Also read Rishi Reddi’s novel, Passage West: A Novel with a very different take on the migration of Indians (East India) to the California agricultural lands east of San Diego during the 1920s and 30s. Wow. What an eye-opener. Of their small but loyal family enclaves, the hard-scrabble lives they led, the near poverty level of farming. I’d never heard that any Indian migrants were a part of farming here in California. Obviously they made up a very small percentage of the immigrants who settled there.

    Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but the Mary Morris book, A Very Private Diary: A Nurse in Wartime tells the true day to day life of a young Irish girl who becomes a nurse, in England, France and Belgium in the midst of WWII and immediately after the war. Fascinating glimpse into the hardships not only for patients (the war-wounded) but for the underappreciated and hardworking staff at various hospitals (even a tent one in Normandy where she worked for many months after D-Day). She meets her to-be husband and even that is fraught with difficulty from many angles.

    Could hardly put down Krueger’s book, This Tender Land: A Novel. My friend Ann recommended it. I was gripped with the story within the first paragraph, and it never stopped until I turned the last page. Tells the harrowing story of a young boy, Odie, (and his brother Albert) who became orphans back in the 30s. At first there is a boarding school, part of an Indian (Native American) agreement, though they are not Indian. Some very ugly things happen at that school. Eventually they escape, and they are “on the run.” With a few others with them. If you loved Huckleberry Finn, you’ll have a great appreciation for this story as they use a canoe to get themselves down river. Never having very much to eat and getting into trouble way too often, and authorities on their tail. Well, you just have to read the book to find out what happens.

    Just finished Kristin Hannah’s latest book, The Four Winds: A Novel. What a story. One I’ve never read about, although I certainly have heard about the “dust bowl” years when there was a steady migration of down-and-out farmers from the Midwest, to California, for what they hoped to be the American Dream. It tells the story of one particular family, the Martinellis, the grandparents, their son, his wife, and their two children. The book is heartbreaking, but one of those that everyone should read. The hardship, the hunger, the dirt and dust, the failed crops, the lack of rain, then the story picks up again in central California, back in the day when the wealthy growers just used up the migrants. I don’t want to spoil the story. So worth reading. Hannah really knows how to weave a story.

    Brit Bennett has written quite a book, The Vanishing Half: A Novel. It’s a novel, yet I’m sure there are such real-life situations. Twin girls are born to a young woman in the South. Into a town (that probably doesn’t exist) that prides itself on being light-skinned blacks. The father was very dark, but he plays no part, really, in this story. Growing up, the girls leave home at 18 to find their way in New Orleans. Suddenly, one twin disappears (her clothes and suitcase all gone in the wink of an eye). Her twin left behind has no idea what’s happened to her. As the story reveals, with divided paths, one twin continues her life as a black woman, and the other twin, the one who left, is able to pass as a white woman. She marries well, has a daughter. Well, let’s just say that there are lots of wicked webs woven throughout the story, starting from the girls’ mother who never wants to speak again of her lost daughter. But you know where this is going, don’t you? Things are found out. The author does a great job of weaving the story apart and then back together.

    What a book. The Only Woman in the Room: A Novel by Marie Benedict. A novelized biography of Hedy Lamarr, the famous actress. She was a brilliant mind, and a beautiful woman. It tells the story of her coming of age, how she navigated the world of acting back in that time period (she was Austrian, and Hitler was in power). The writing was very well done – to tell Hedy’s story with detail and poignancy. Eventually Hedy made it to the U.S. and her life story changed, but still had its difficulties. I loved the book, beginning to end. She should have become an engineer as she invented several war related bomb tools. Very much worth reading.

    Also read The Secret of the Chateau: Gripping and heartbreaking historical fiction with a mystery at its heart by Kathleen McGurl. There are two stories here. The historical part is just prior to and up to the French Revolution, when aristocrats were chased and killed, guillotined in many cases. There is a young couple (part of the royal court) who escape to a remote small castle owned by his family, located on the edge of France and Italy, hoping to wait out the revolution and hoping the villagers love and care about them. Then jump to current day as a small English group of close friends decide to retire somewhere on the continent, and settle on a small abandoned castle in the remote hills of France along the Italian border. Got the picture? The historian in the group is quite interested in the history of the home, and clues are revealed (in the tower) that lead her and the group on a quest to discover what happened to the couple who used to live there. There was a fire once upon a time. There’s an pesky ghost. There’s also a very old child’s doll/playhouse on the grounds. Plus there’s a small graveyard. It is VERY intriguing. Very interesting. I love historical novels like this, and this one in particular does have quite a mystery involved, too.

    Also finished reading Sue Monk Kidd’s recent book, The Book of Longings: A Novel. It is a book that might challenge some Christian readers, as it tells the tale of Jesus marrying a woman named Mary. The story is all about Mary, her growing up, her scholarly pursuits, and then from the moment she meets Jesus as a young man. The story follows along to and beyond his death on the cross. In the time of Christ it was extremely uncommon for a man not to marry. It was almost unseemly. Fraught with suspicions, I’d suppose. Although scripture, as scripture, does not play a very strong part here, if you’ve read the Bible you’ll see many of the stories of Jesus’ life through Mary’s eyes. I loved the book from the first word to the last one. The book is believable to me, even though the Bible never says one way or the other that Jesus ever married. It’s been presumed he never did. But maybe he did?

    Jeanine Cummins has written an eye-opener, American Dirt. A must read. Oh my goodness. I will never, ever, ever look at Mexican (and further southern) migrants, particularly those who are victims of the vicious cartels, without sympathy. It tells the story of a woman and her young son, who were lucky enough to hide when the cartel murdered every member of her family – her husband, her mother, and many others. Her husband was a journalist, and his life was always in danger because he wrote the truth, and that was taking a risk. The story is about her escape, with harrowing chapters as she makes her way north from Acapulco, with various major detours, one step, or sometimes nothing more than a hair’s width ahead of the cartel minions trying to find her. I could NOT put this book down. The author is not Hispanic, and some have criticized her for that, but she did her research, and many authors write about places and people they are not. I have nothing but respect for her having told this story. You need to read this.

    Also read JoJo Moyes’ book, The Giver of Stars. Oh gosh, what a GREAT book. Alice, living in an English home which lacks much, leaps to agree to marry a visiting American. It was an escape for her. He is a man of some family wealth, and she travels from England to Kentucky, during the 1920s. Once settled into the family home, she discovers married life is not what she had expected. Affection is lacking, and she must share the home with her tyrannical father-in-law, the owner of mines in the deep mountains. And with the ghost of the deceased mother-in-law. The family cook won’t tolerate Alice’s help in the kitchen. Alice is terribly lonely and unhappy. The town doesn’t much like this English woman with her funny way of speaking. But then, she meets a woman who encourages her to join the Horseback Librarians. With trepidation, she begins traversing the remote hills, through unbelievable weather, to deliver old, battered and tattered books to the remote inhabitants of the area. She makes friends, wonderful, loving people from all walks of life. There is tremendous tension from the danger of the mines, the unions trying to get a foothold, plus the unraveling of her marriage, including the dreaded father-in-law who feels she should answer to him, behave as he wants. Uh, no. Alice goes her own route. Her new friends become her family, and, oh, what love. There has been much criticism of Moyes’ possible plagiarism of another book regarding the Horseback Librarians. I read the other book – but I didn’t feel remotely as intrigued by that story as I was by Moyes’ version. A feel good story, but it takes some while getting to that “feel good” part, nearly to the end.

    Frances Liardet has written a blockbuster tale, We Must Be Brave. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Although the scene is WWII England, this book is not really about the war. It’s about the people at home, waiting it out, struggling with enough food, clothing and enough heat. It’s about Ellen. Her early years, under much hardship. About her teens, some of it as an orphan. Then a young adult, which includes marriage, a marriage blanc, which I didn’t understand until you learn the meaning. Then a child enters the picture, a child that will become a focus for the remainder of the book. Through the war, and beyond. I cried several times, as will you, I suspect. What’s a constant is the descriptions of the place, a town called Upton, near Southampton. About the hills and dales, the flora and fauna, the rain, the mud sometimes, the flooding sometimes. But throughout, it’s about neighbors caring for neighbors, and about love. A must read. Would make a really good book club read.

    William Kent Krueger wrote Ordinary Grace. From amazon: a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God. It’s a coming of age story.

    Best book I’ve read recently. Not new. Called Follow the River: A Novel by James Alexander Thom. This one is also based on the history of a woman (married, pregnant) who was captured by the Shawnee, during the early settlement days east of the Ohio River, about 1755. And her eventual escape. I stayed up all hours to keep reading. The book was written from the many journals and writing compiled by her children. Her name: Mary Ingles. And it chronicles her 1000-mile trek in treacherous weather and over uncharted ground. What an amazing woman, and what a story.

    A Column of Fire: A Novel by Ken Follett. It takes place in the 1500s, in England, and has everything to do with the war between the Catholics and the Protestants, that raged throughout Europe during that time, culminating in the Spanish Inquisition.

    My Name Is Resolute by Nancy Turner. She’s the author of another book of some renown, These is my Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 (P.S.). Resolute is what I’m discussing here. It’s fiction, but based some on a true story. Resolute, as a young girl from a privileged life on a plantation in Jamaica, was taken captive by slavers, eventually ended up in Colonial America. This book is the story of her life. The people she met, the men in her life, her children, and always about her indefatigable energy for life. Always hoping to return to Jamaica.

    The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape by James Rebanks. This is a memoir, so a true story, of a young man growing up in the Lake District of Northern England, the son of a farming family, who sabotages everything in his being regarding going to school and leaves as soon as he is able (probably about 8th grade, I’d guess). And becomes a shepherd. And at night, he read literature that he accumulated from his grandfather. And then what happens to him as he grows up. Riveting.

    Yucatecan connection

    As a longtime Mexican food fan and passionate patron of taco trucks, I was surprised to encounter a Mexican menu that mystified me. My home bookshelves hold almost all the works of Diana Kennedy and Rick Bayless - two of Mexico's premier culinary ambassadors - but I had never heard of several of the dishes offered at Poc-Chuc, a Yucatecan restaurant in San Francisco's Mission District.

    The feast I had there launched me on a voyage of discovery.

    "When people think of Mexican food, they certainly don't think of the Yucatan," said Jacqueline Higuera McMahan, who writes The Chronicle's South to North column. "It's one of my favorite areas, but one that, up to this point, has been sort of neglected."

    Facing the Gulf of Mexico at the country's slender southern tip, the Yucatan Peninsula includes the states of Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo. Separated from the rest of Mexico by mountains and jungle, its people were isolated until modern times and looked to the Caribbean, and beyond to Europe, for trading partners.

    "My mom would go to Cuba instead of Mexico City," says Mario Escalante, a Menlo Park software engineer originally from the Yucatan capital of Merida. "It was easier and cheaper to get to."

    From their contact with Cuba, Yucatecans developed a taste for black beans, fiery habanero chiles (related to the Caribbean Scotch bonnet), and garlicky meat marinades made with the sour juice of the Seville orange. The Spaniards introduced saffron and olives Lebanese spice traders brought kibbe and the Dutch left behind Edam cheese, which Yucatecans stuff with ground pork, olives and raisins and bake until soft.

    The Mayans, the peninsula's indigenous people, contributed the technique of cooking meat in a closed pit lined with river stones and banana leaves. Cochinita pibil, the pit-roasted pork that is perhaps the Yucatan's signature dish, derives its name from the Mayan word "pib," for pit.

    "My first job in Mexico was working with a guy who sold cochinita pibil in the market," recalls Gonzalo Magana, a waiter at Poc-Chuc who hails from the Yucatecan town of Oxkutzcab. Magana says he would rise before dawn to help open the pit, retrieve the pork that had been cooking all night and carry it to the market for his boss to use in tacos. At the end of the day, he and his boss would go from house to house, hoping to purchase another pig and repeat the process.

    For an authentic cochinita pibil, the whole pig is cut up and rubbed with achiote (annatto) paste, a mixture of ground annatto seeds, oregano, black pepper, cinnamon and cumin. The seasoned meat is then encased in banana leaves and buried in the pit. It slowly steams to succulence in this airtight environment, a procedure that chefs and home cooks in California have had to adapt.

    At Poc-Chuc, owners Carlos and Delmy Chable - Delmy is also from Oxkutzcab - make an oven version of cochinita pibil and its chicken equivalent, pollo pibil. They line a heavy pot with banana leaves, arrange the seasoned pork or chicken legs on top, drizzle the meat with a little lemon and lime juice (their approximation of sour orange juice), tuck in more banana leaves to trap the steam, and then cover and bake the meat slowly. The fork-tender meat arrives at the table with its essential accompaniments: handmade corn tortillas, soupy black bean puree, pickled red onions and habanero salsa.

    The rock-hard achiote seeds required for the paste come from a small tree (Bixa orellana) sometimes called the lipstick tree because of the fierce red stain the seeds produce. Retrieving them is painstaking and painful, says Magana, because the seeds nestle inside a prickly pod resembling a sea urchin. Harvesters put the pods in bags and smash them to loosen the seeds, which must then be sun-dried and moistened repeatedly before being ground.

    Some Yucatecan cooks, like Escalante's mother, fry the seeds in lard and then use the reddish lard in their tamales. Ground achiote itself contributes more color than flavor - it's used to tint some cheddar cheeses and butter - but the achiote paste is a complex concoction that even many home cooks in the Yucatan buy freshly prepared at the market.

    The Bay Area's Yucatecan cooks either grind their own achiote paste (see recipe for cochinita pibil), make do with a packaged paste or rely on a supply smuggled periodically from the homeland.

    The sour orange juice that Yucatecans in Mexico can squeeze fresh from the trees around their homes has to be approximated here with some combination of orange, lemon and lime juices. Seville oranges are viewed mostly as fragrant ornamental trees in California, although a few commercial plantings exist.

    "You know those orange trees in Sacramento, at the Capitol? That's what they are," says Marge Poore, the Novato author of "1,000 Mexican Recipes" (Hungry Minds, 2001). Poore says she substitutes orange juice mixed with a little lemon or lime juice in any recipes that call for the juice of the sour orange.

    Black beans rule the Yucatecan kitchen, and putting a pot of these inky beans on to cook is the first step in any meal's preparation. In some families, whole beans are the everyday standard others prefer frijoles colados - literally, strained beans - like the thin puree served at Poc-Chuc.

    Accompanying black beans at every meal is the fearsome habanero, "the chili-pepper that separates the men from the boys," wrote Jean Andrews in her landmark work "Peppers: The Domesticated Capsicums" (University of Texas Press, 1984). The chile's name means "from Havana," a clue that it entered the Yucatan via the Caribbean Andrews believes it is the same chile as Jamaica's Scotch bonnet.

    Restaurants like San Francisco's Mi Lindo Yucatan, a Valencia Street establishment whose cooking Escalante admires, keep the culinary culture alive for immigrants. In Marin County, where several thousand Yucatecans have settled, the nonprofit Canal Welcome Center nurtures a grassroots effort to support the local Mayan community.

    Every Friday evening, a group of about 30 men and women gather at the San Rafael center to plan events that celebrate Mayan culture and to rehearse a traditional Yucatecan dance, the jaranas, that they perform at local festivals and in schools. For one recent meeting, members of the five-year-old group, known as Chan Kahal, donned their traditional dress - elaborately embroidered tunics and skirts for the women and young girls loose white trousers, shirts and brimmed hats for the men and boys - to demonstrate the jaranas for a visitor.

    "Part of their mission is to educate the rest of the Mayan community about the importance of maintaining their language and customs," said Douglas Mundo, executive director of the center, who estimates that there are 15,000 immigrants from the Yucatan Peninsula in the Bay Area.. "They want to pass the legacy to a new generation so the Mayan community stays alive in Marin County."

    Their dance practice finished, members changed into street clothes and gathered around a buffet whose chief lure was a mound of banana leaf-wrapped tamales colados provided by Yucachubis, a San Rafael restaurant. "They should melt away on your tongue," Escalante says.

    Recipe Summary

    • 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
    • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • Vegetable oil for frying
    • 8 corn tortillas (4 in. or 6 in.)
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 medium white or yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
    • ½ teaspoon oregano
    • 2 cups shredded cooked turkey
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • 2 serrano chiles, seeded and minced
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 1 tablespoon orange juice
    • 1 avocado, sliced
    • About 1 1/2 cups shredded green and/or red cabbage

    In a small pan over high heat, cover red onion with cold water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and drain. Put red onion in a small bowl with vinegar, 1/2 tsp. salt, and pepper. Set aside to marinate at least 30 minutes at room temperature or up to 1 week covered and refrigerated.

    To a small frying pan over high heat, add 1 in. of vegetable oil and heat to 375°. Fry tortillas, one at a time, until golden and crispy. Drain on paper towels.

    Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add sliced white or yellow onion and 1/4 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring, until onions are soft, about 4 minutes. Add oregano and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add turkey and broth. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a steady simmer, and cook, partially covered, for 10 minutes to let flavors blend.

    Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine chiles, lime juice, orange juice, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt. Set aside.

    To assemble: Divide turkey-onion mixture among the 8 tortillas, then top each with avocado, cabbage, and drained pickled red onion (you will have extra onion see Notes). Serve with serrano-citrus sauce.

    Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

    What are mexican pickled vegetables

    While there are a variety of ways to make and season these pickled vegetables my favorite is this way. Mexcian pickled vegetables usually are pickled with citrus fruit, vinegar and a few other spices. They are usually refrigerated and not canned so they still have a fresh taste, a little crispness and a little of the tartness from the pickling solution. (I’m not suggesting that all mexican pickling is done this way, you can find plenty of canned pickled veggies. These fall under a whole different category, make them and you’ll see! or if you visit any of our favorite authentic mexican restaurants here you’ll also get a sample of my example )

    Homemade Pickled Onions Recipe

    Not long ago we stumbled across a tiny taco place. The tacos were great. The condiment bar was even better. What made it so great was the big bowl of pickled onions.

    Have you ever had pickled onions? Gosh they’re good. Better than that though, they are remarkably easy to make at home. If you’ve never pickled at home before, onions are a wonderful place to start. You’ll feel like a pro-pickler in no time.

    All you really need is sliced onions, acid, salt and some sugar. It only takes about an hour before you can enjoy them — although, if you can wait a day, they get even better.

    Pickled Red Onions | Cebollas en Escabeche

    Last month, I hosted a cooking demo with close friends and family. One of the three courses on the menu included chicken tinga tostadas. To my pleasant surprise, the pickled onions that I used to garnish the tostadas were the talk of the town. Due to popular demand, I would like to share the recipe for this tangy topping — it adds the perfect kick to anything from tacos and tostadas, to sandwiches and rice! Since pickled onions are a staple in Yucatan’s flavorful kitchens, I consulted my tía Elena (of Yucatecan descent) to perfect my own recipe. ¡Provecho!

    2 ½ cups red wine vinegar (as a substitute, you may use white vinegar or a combination of red + white vinegar)
    2-3 tablespoons coarse kosher salt
    1 teaspoon black peppercorns
    1 teaspoon coriander seeds
    2 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 bay leaf
    1 large red onion sliced thinly

    Watch the video: Yucatan Style Pickled Onions (December 2021).