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In Mexican cuisine we like to use garnishes like Mexican pickled onions. This can be made with white onion or with purple onion. You can also find them with habanero peppers or with chopped serrano peppers. Or just plain with no spice but a lot of flavor.
Making the Mexican pickles onions is very easy, the hardest part is the slicing of the inions as you will need to slice thinly and use 2-3 onions. Sometimes more depending of the number of guests sitting at the table. Everyone loves the Mexican pickled onions so we need to make sure to have enough for everyone.
The Mexican pickled onions are perfect garnish for dishes like the Yucatan Pork Loin Pibil. Any pibil dish includes a side of pickled onions as it provides another layer of flavor to brighten up the bite. Yucatan cuisine is diverse and pickling is part of the techniques they use for adding flavor and for preservation.
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Pickled onions when adding habaneros or serrano peppers are also great pairing for other dishes. Such as grilled meat tacos, tostadas, salmon, white fish, shrimp and so much more. That is why today I am showing you both options.
The pink pickled onions those get that color naturally as the main ingredients are purple onions. This pink onions add a nice presentation while adding flavor and balancing a dish. Pickled garnishes help to brighten up the meal too. And help cut through any heaviness. That is why are added to fatty meats to make the bite more pleasant and light.
I invite you to try my recipe for pickled onions, simple and ready in no time. Everyone has their own technique. I am making them following my mom’s recipe.
Mexican Pickled Onions
- 1 purple onion sliced thinly
- 1 white onion sliced thinly
- 2 limes
- 1 habanero chopped and seeded
- 1 teaspoon sazon latino
- 1 teaspoon pink salt
- 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 cups vinegar white or for pickling
- 4 cups warm water
- Cut the onions thinly and add to a bowl.
- Season with the lime juice and the spices.
- Add the vinegar and the warm water.
- Place inside a mason jar and keep refrigerated.