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Quick and Spicy Pickled Onions

Quick and Spicy Pickled Onions

Quick and spicy pickled onions are all kinds of easy and all kinds of delicious. Marinated onions can be used in all sorts of dishes, from breakfast to appetizers and main dishes.

I love putting them on tacos, nachos, taco salads, and I’ve even been known to just snack on them. They are super yummy, friends, but then again you know I love anything spicy. And speaking of all things spicy, have I got a new website for you.

It is no secret that I am a HUGE spicy food fan. Sriracha, harrissa, jalapenos, serranos, shishitos and even habaneros. If it’s a pepper or made out of peppers, chances are it is going to be one of my favorite things to eat. It’s been that way ever since I was a kid. I’ve always reached for the spiciest salsa. Even when I was pregnant, when most women shy away from spicy food, I ate a jar of Mrs. Renfro’s Habanero salsa a week. Not even kidding.

It is this love of peppers that makes me so exteremly excited to tell you about a new website that launched recently called Jalapeño Mania.

It’s a pepper lovers dream.


Despite the name, Jalapeño Mania isn’t all about jalapeños. You will find all different kinds of spicy pepper recipes organized by pepper type so you can easily find them. You can also save your favorite recipes, so they are there whenever you’ve got a spicy food craving.

Which for me is umm…all the the time :)

It’s also a great site for another reason. If you’re a food blogger or a brand you’re gonna want to check it out, because you can submit your photos. The accepted photos will link directly to your blog or website so that when users click on them, they will be taken straight to your recipe. And if that wasn’t enough, accepted photos are also shared across all the Jalapeño Mania social media channels. Which is pretty cool, no? I’ve already submitted a few of my own and plan on doing several more soon, including this one, for Quick and Spicy Pickled Onions.

I’ll admit, I am not a huge raw onion fan, but cooked or pickled and I am ALL over it. Usually pickled onions don’t have much of a kick, but since I love peppers (see previous paragraph) I decided that these should be kicked up a notch with a healthy dose of jalapeño. I only used one and it added just the right amount of heat without being too over the top spicy. That being said, if you want things a bit more on the spicy side, add another one.

Quick and spicy pickled onions make the perfect topping for nachos, tacos, salads and more.

Make yourself a batch of quick and spicy pickled onions and let the flavor explosion begin.

Quick and Spicy Pickled Onions

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Makes about 2 cups Prep Time:


  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 - 2 jalapenos, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced



Whisk together vinegar, water, sugar, salt and cumin. Continue whisking until sugar is dissolved.


Place red onion, jalapenos and garlic in a bowl. Pour vinegar mixture over the top. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Cover and chill for an additional 1 - 2 hours. Serve.


Will keep refrigerated for about a week.



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  • Kaitie Lawlor

    They look amazing and so easy to make! Perfect when you have a BBQ with friends or family!!

  • Manila Spoon

    These pickled onions will surely perk-up tacos or nachos as you mentioned! Love the idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • I LOVE pickled onions. They’re great for tacos, and I love throwing it on a salad, too!

  • MomOnTimeout

    Oh man do these look good! Definitely a condiment that should be in every fridge!

  • Aside from just being so pretty, these look delicious too! In fact, I just posted about bacon-stuffed waffles this morning, and I suggested changing up toppings to include caramelized onions. Well, why not spicy pickled onions?! That would be a flavor BOMB together! :o)

  • Janalyn K Salhaney

    This makes me want a refrigerator filled with little jars of beautifully colored condiments :) Bet they taste great, too!

  • Beth B

    Is it weird that I want to drink the juice? It’s so pretty, hehe :)

  • I love pickled onions and have been wondering the best way to make them. Now I know :)

  • Des @ Life’s Ambrosia

    Well I am kind of in love with that idea!

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