Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Curtido is a is a type of cabbage relish that has a nice little kick. I learned about it from a friend from El Salvador who I blame for my addiction to Pupusas. It's similar to sauerkraut, kimchi, or cole slaw and is traditionally served alongside pupusas. While I don't make my own Pupusas very often, I eat curtido all the time... on a lot of things.
It a deliciously healthy way to spicy up a dish.

1 package coleslaw mix (or do it the hard way and shred cabbage and carrot yourself)
1 medium onion sliced thinly
1 c. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. oregano
sliced pickled Jalapeno to taste (including several teaspoons of the liquid)

There are a lot of recipes for curtido on the internet that tell you to blanch the veggies. If you are looking to serve this the same day then yes, blanch away.
The  Monster Couch
I don't blanch, because my time is better served elsewhere...like Sharpie-proofing my home so that my kid never ever EVER colors on the couch again.

Anyway, the directions I offer you are super simple.
Find a big bowl. Toss all ingredients in it. Stir, cover on the counter for a day or two. Pour into a large jar and refrigerate. A jar usually lasts about 6 months in my fridge and the longer I allow it to soak in it's own wonderful juices, the better it gets.

Add it to eggs, tamales, chili roasted sweet potatoes, fish tacos, roasted chicken.... I could go on and on, but really you can't go wrong. Generally with veggies, one cup of raw is a veggie exchange and 1/2 cup if it's cooked. This Curtido isn't cooked, but it also softens during the soaking process. Because of this, count it as though it is cooked and allow yourself 1/2 cup.

PS: Don't hide your kids. Don't hide your wives. Just hide your markers.

Linking up at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday


  1. I've never heard of curtido, but it looks and sounds so yummy! Thanks for stopping by my blog...following you back :)


  2. Hi there, this sounds absolutely delicious and I am going to make some of it. My son and his lady will love the spiciness of it and next time I have them over I am going to surprise them with this and perhaps some chicken breasts and veg. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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