pickled carrots and jalapeño in a jar

Quick Taco Pickles – Taqueria-Style Pickled Carrots, Radishes & Jalapeños

  • Author: Jennifer Stewart
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


Get these spicy taco pickles made with pickled carrots, jalapeños, and radishes that you find at your local taqueria, in your home with this easy recipe!



1 bunch of radishes (greens removed)

2 jalapeños

4 large carrots (peeled)

3/4 cup fresh cilantro

1 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup tequila

1 teaspoon salt

2 canning jars with lids (32oz each)


Prep your vegetables

Slice your carrots, radishes, and jalapeños as thin as you can.  I use this slicer.

Chop your cilantro, removing long stem pieces

Layer the sliced carrots, radishes, jalapeños, and cilantro in your jars.

Prepare the pickling liquid

In a saucepan, combine the sugar, salt, and all the vinegars.

Bring to a boil on the stove top.

Remove and let cool 5 mins.

Add the tequila.

Make the Taco Pickles

Slowly pour the warm pickling liquid into the jars covering the carrots, radishes, and jalapeños completely.

Tap the jars on the counter or stir a little with a spoon or long stick to release any bubbles.

If you need more liquid, top with more white vinegar.

Let cool completely.

Add the lids.

Place in the refrigerator overnight or at least 4 hours.  The longer they sit the better.

If making these a few days in advance, turn the jars upside down every 24 hours to ensure that all the vegetables are in the pickling liquid.

These taco pickles will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.



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  • Category: Condiments, Relishes, Pickles
  • Method: Refrigerator
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: taco pickles, pickles, carrots, radishes, jalapeños, cilantro, vinegar, quick pickles, refrigerator pickles, escabeche