Pickled Beets with Vinegar and Spices

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Spiralized Pickled Beets to use as a Garnish and Much More!

Sweet and sour pickled beets to tantalize the tastebuds
Sweet and sour pickled beets to tantalize the taste buds

Pickling is such an ancient food preservation technique using vinegar and spices so we decided to make spirals of pickled beets to use as a garnish in salads, tacos, and much more. Beets are a very common root in many cuisines. In fact,  Mediterranean, Polish, and Mexican cuisines use them in many different applications. Either raw, in juices, soups, salads and as garnishes.

Pickled beets are easy to make and for those that do not enjoy them when trying them, pickled everyone falls in love with the taste. Because the beets have sweet and sour notes and being cut in spirals are so much fun to eat. In Northern Mexican cuisine, we like to use beets and carrots to garnish tacos dorados and tostadas but you can use this garnish in burgers, grilled meats, or enjoy as a snack.

Ingredients for the pickled beets
Ingredients for the pickled beets

The pickled beets can be prepared in so many different ways. But this time we made them just with vinegar, pink salt and a dash of cumin. You can purchase a spiralizer to cut the beets but I found them already cut and ready to use at the supermarket. You can opt for buying frozen spiralized beets too.

Watch the video for detailed instructions on how to make this yummy recipe!

Sometimes people think pickling is cumbersome and difficult but it is not. Requires very few steps and ingredients. You can enjoy the pickled veggies following day, as this recipe requires overnight pickling inside the fridge for better results. Pickling beets or any other hard veggie is a good way to preserve the harvest and to enjoy veggies in a different way to add pizzaz to our daily meals.

The pickling technique can be used to preserve other veggies such as new petite potatoes, jicama, carrots, sweet peppers, onions, cucumbers, serrano and jalapeño peppers, and cabbage. It is recommended to choose hard veggies for best results as those need to be crisp even after pickling is done to add texture to the dishes we are pairing with.

Easy recipe for pickled beets

Pickling is fun!

Sweet and sour pickled beets to tantalize the tastebuds

Pickled Beets with Vinegar and Spices

Chef Adriana Martin
Pickling is such an ancient food preservation technique using vinegar and spices so we decided to make spirals of pickled beets to use as a garnish. This is a simple recipe that has beets cut in spirals, vinegar, and spices. Then pickled inside the fridge overnight inside a mason jar. 
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer or Side Dishes, Garnishes
Cuisine Mexican Cuisine


  • 3 cups raw beets cut in spirals
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon pink salt
  • 1 tablespoon cumin


  • Use precut beets in spirals or cut your own. You can use frozen spiralized beets too. 
  • In a mixing bowl add the vinegar, the warm water, the pink salt and the spices. Mix well. 
  • Add the raw beet spirals and mix with the vinegar broth. 
  • Place inside a mason jar, seal and pickle inside the fridge overnight or minimum 3-6 hours. 



  • Use the pickled beets to garnish tacos, salads, in sandwiches, with grilled meats and fish,  and much more. 
  • This recipe requires pickling inside the fridge overnight. 


Serving: 0gCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgPotassium: 0mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gVitamin A: 0IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 0mgIron: 0mg
Keyword beets, canning, pickling, vinegar
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