Easy Pickled Taco Vegetables

Happy Taco Tuesday friends!  Today, I’m sharing my favorite way to kick up your regular old tacos a notch or three with these easy to make refrigerator pickled taco vegetables.

Tacos are a staple food in my house because they’re a no recipe and minimal ingredients dinner.  If I have lots of time, I’ll do them with grilled fish and cabbage slaw. if I have a little bit of time, I’ll grill up some chicken and make guacamole and beans. When I have absolutely no time, it’s just canned black beans and sliced avocado with a sprinkle of salt.

Because most of my evenings fall into the last category,  I love to keep a jar of this Pickled Taco Salad on hand.  It keeps for over a month in the refrigerator. And it adds such a fabulous crunchy, zing of fresh flavor to any kind of taco.

Pickled Taco Salad|Craving Something Healthy

It’s even perfect served with simple toasted corn tortillas (and a margarita of course).

I’ve made a similar recipe in the past, with radishes and carrots, but I actually simplified the pickling mixture in this recipe. Jicama and corn add some delicious crunch and sweetness.

Pickled Taco Salad|Craving Something Healthy

If you like, toss in some black beans or shredded cabbage too!

 This is one of those recipes that just keeps on getting better no matter what you add to it!

Pickled Taco Salad|Craving Something Healthy

I’m definitely a corn tortilla kind of girl.  Just a spritz of olive oil, a sprinkle of sea salt, and a quick toast on a hot pan.  Crunchy-chewy heaven.  And the cool, crisp, and tangy veggies along with it are all I need for dinner.  Maybe a slice or two of avocado if there’s one around.

Once you try these vegetables, I swear, you’ll never top your tacos with plain old lettuce and tomatoes again.  Ever.

Pickled Taco Salad|Craving Something Healthy

Pickled Taco Salad {Recipe ReDux}

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled and smashed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pickling salt
  • 1 medium jicama peeled
  • 3 large carrots peeled
  • 1 small or 1/2 large sweet onion peeled
  • 1/2 pound about half a 16 ounce package frozen sweet corn
  • 2 large jalapeño peppers cored, and seeded.
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro about 1 cup lightly packed roughly chopped


  • Combine the vinegar, water, garlic, sugar, and salt in a large saucepan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat, and let the mixture cool.
  • While the pickling liquid is cooling, slice the jicama and carrots into thin matchstick pieces, about 2-inches long. Slice the onion into thin slices. Slice the jalapeño peppers into thin rings.
  • Combine the jicama, carrots, onion, corn, jalapeño peppers, and cilantro in a large mixing bowl, and toss well to combine the vegetables.
  • Pack the vegetables into a large half-gallon size glass mason jar, or several small jars.
  • Pour the cooled pickling liquid over the vegetables, and lightly press them down to make sure they are covered.
  • Let sit in the refrigerator for at least one day, and up to one week for flavor to develop.


If you like black beans, feel free to add a can of rinsed black beans to the vegetable mixture.
Store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.
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How do you top your tacos?

Eat well!


  1. I absolutely love this idea Anne! My husband is a big fan of spicy carrots when we get tacos from the local taco stand, but I’ve never tried making them at home. I definitely want to make you pickled taco salad veggie-such a delicious recipe & the possibilities are endless!

    1. Thanks EA! I hope you guys enjoy it!

    1. They most definitely would! I love them on any kind of taco 🙂

  2. Love the jicama in there. WIth the black beans, it looks like a perfect meal. Saving for my next taco night!

    1. Thanks for visiting Jenny – and yes I totally agree the beans make it a meal!

  3. so funny, my go to meal is black beans with salsa on top! Some days that’s just all you have the time and energy for. These pickled veggies sound and look great. Definintely going to pin for later!

    1. Thanks Brynn! I say nothing at all wrong with that go to meal 🙂

  4. WHAT a good idea. I’m been pickling quick carrots and cabbage all winter. But never thought of this. Can’t wait to try.

    1. Thanks Serena! I SO wanted to add cabbage to this mix but didn’t have any and was too lazy to run out!

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