Tangy and Sweet Pickled Red Onions

Tangy and sweet pickled red onions are a great topping for tacos, adding great flavor and crunch to each bite.

Tangy and Sweet

Pickled Red Onions

If you are in looking for a great topping to add to your tacos, then I am happy to announce that this is it! These tangy and sweet pickled red onions are a great addition to any tacos. We especially like to add them to pork tacos. There is something about the combination of crispy delicious pork and vinegary onions that is absolute magic.

However, we have discovered they also go well on top of so many things. Just this week I added them to a chicken and black bean bowl and the flavors melded perfectly. By the way, stay tuned for that recipe post soon.

I love what pickling does to the red onions. By pickling the onions they lose their sharp bite. Instead, they end up tasting tangy and sweet all at the same time and have a great crunch.

An added bonus is that they are super easy and fast to make. Plus if stored correctly, they can last you for quite a while.

How to Make Pickled Red Onions

First, peel and slice a red onion and separate the pieces.

Slice red onions

Then, in a small saucepan add 1 cup of vinegar (I used white vinegar but apple cider vinegar and red wine vinegar work too), 1 cup of water, salt, sugar, 1 bay leaf, and a couple of pinches of red pepper flakes.  Turn the heat to medium and whisk the mixture until the sugar and salt have dissolved.

Ingredients for pickled red onions

Next, pour the mixture on the sliced onions in a container that has a lid. You can do this in a mason jar so that the pickled red onions will last longer. However, since in my house we go through them in just a couple of days, the glass container pictured below works great.

#pickledredonions

Finally, allow the onions to cool and then store in the refrigerator.

Pickled Red Onions #pickledredonions

The onions will be ready after a couple of hours, but the longer they sit in the pickling juice the better they will taste.

Now we just need some tacos. . .

What toppings do you like to add to your tacos? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tangy and Sweet Pickled Red Onions

Pickled red onions are a great topping for tacos, adding a tangy, sweet and crunch to each bite.

Author Gemma from Everyday Latina

Ingredients

  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 cup vinegar (white, red wine, or apple cider)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-2 pinches red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Peel and slice the red onion and separate the pieces.

  2. In a small saucepan, heat the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, bay leaf and red pepper flakes on medium. Stir the mixture until the sugar and salt dissolve.

  3. Place the onions in a container that has a lid and pour the mixture on top (mason jars will allow the pickled red onions to keep longer).

  4. Let the onions cool completely, then place in the refrigerator.

  5. Onions will be ready to use after 2-3 hours, but the taste will be better the longer they sit in the pickling juice.

  6. Serve on top of tacos or salads.

10 Comments

  1. We are 100% obsessed with pickled onions over here. Fried fish sandwich, fried chicken, fish tacos, burgers…basically anything I can put them on! And I have a few different ways to do them, but none have red pepper flakes, this sounds awesome.

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