This Sweet Jalapeno Coleslaw is creamy, crunchy, easy to prepare and packed with flavor! Tangy, sweet and subtly spicy in taste, this recipe for coleslaw with jalapeños is far from bland or boring! It’s the perfect summer side, or salad, to add to all your cookouts and barbecues!
Update: This post was originally published in June 2014. I took new photos and made updates to the post below to include more information about this spicy sweet coleslaw.
Hi, friends! So, I have been holding out on you guys with this blog post. And, that didn’t stop me from unfairly teasing this recipe with photographs on social media networks. I’ve been bad, I know.
So what’s been the hold up and why haven’t I shared on more than social media?
Well, I have been waiting on someone very special and near and dear to my heart. My other half, Boy.
He promised to guest post this particular blog post, and guess what? I’m STILL waiting on him to deliver. (<– Update: Still waiting.)
After many weeks of waiting and nagging on Boy, I decided the show must go on without him.
The procrastinating habits of my husband aside, we both have sworn for years that we hated coleslaw.
And, to be honest, I will probably still swear by that statement if I’m at someone’s house and they offer me coleslaw.
However, this coleslaw recipe I’m sharing today just happens to be that ONE exception to my ‘I don’t do coleslaw’ rule.
This coleslaw jalapeno is just THAT darn delicious.
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About this recipe for sweet jalapeno coleslaw
Crisp, shredded cabbage mixed with crunchy carrots, spicy jalapeños, pungent red onions and fresh green onions, then tossed with a slightly sweet, terrifically tangy mayonnaise based coleslaw sauce.
This slaw is fresh, fabulous and THE perfect addition to ALL your BBQ’s, summer shindigs and outdoor siorees!
To tell you exactly how phenomenally delicious this stuff is, all I have to say is this:
I made 2 POUNDS of this coleslaw in 2 DAYS and Boy ate it up like I haven’t fed him in the 8 years that we have been together. And, I didn’t dare try to stop him from gobbling it up, because if I went to take the coleslaw away, he got a crazy eyed, rabid dog look about him (there was possibly also foaming at the mouth happening). Basically, it looked like I would NOT be taking his coleslaw away with my hand still attached to my wrist.
Remember to keep in mind, this is someone who (like me) “hates” coleslaw.
He loved it so much he actually offered to write the blog post about it! Which, clearly, he never plans on delivering.
What goes with sweet coleslaw recipe?
Coleslaw is such a budget friendly, versatile side dish, or salad! This crisp, sweet and spicy coleslaw is a perfect way to round out any barbecue or dinner. If you are looking for the ultimate flavor, I recommend topping your spicy slaw with quick pickled jalapenos!
You can pair coleslaw with any type of grilled protein – think ribs, chicken, pork, steak – or even fried fish! Pulled chicken or pulled pork, hot dogs, brisket, and kebobs are always a delicious option as well!
As for sides, I personally love coleslaw with traditional bbq dishes, such as baked beans recipes with bacon and broccoli salad. However, if you are looking to keep things simple, I love this slaw with no-cook salads such a marinated tomatoes and bean salads.
But, you don’t need to limit coleslaw to just being served as a side or salad. This Sweet Jalapeno Coleslaw also makes a delicious topping for a variety of hot dogs, turkey sandwiches, veggie and bean burgers, cuban black bean recipes, and/or beef hamburgers – just don’t forget the tangy dill pickles!
Tips for the best spicy coleslaw
Follow the simple tips below to create the most flavorful spicy and sweet jalapeno coleslaw recipe:
- While the jalapeno spiced coleslaw recipe below calls for heads of green and purple cabbage, plus carrots, you can absolutely substitute a bag of pre-prepared coleslaw mix from the grocery store! While fresh produce you shred and prepare yourself will always taste the best, using a packaged bag of coleslaw mix is a great way to save time!
- If you like your spicy sweet coleslaws on the creamier, less tangy side, increase the mayonnaise to 3/4 of a cup and decrease the mustard to only 1 tablespoon.
- When adding the coleslaw dressing to the vegetables, start with 1/4 cup of dressing, toss and then continue to add the dressing a little bit at a time until desired level of creaminess is achieved. Chances are you will not need all of the dressing, so it is best to err on the side of caution!
Tangy, slightly spicy and balanced with the right amount of sweet, this versatile Jalapeno Coleslaw is perfect for any occasion! Fresh and flavorful, it is sure to be a hit at your next summer BBQ!
Until next time, friends, cheers – to stellar summer sides!
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How to make Sweet Jalapeno Coleslaw for pulled pork and more!👇
Sweet Jalapeno Coleslaw & a Pulled Pork Sandwich
- 1/2 small Head Green Cabbage - thinly sliced (about 8 ounces)*
- 1/2 Head Purple Cabbage - thinly sliced (about 8 ounces)*
- 1 small Red Onion – thinly sliced, rinsed in cold water, and drained well
- 2 small Carrots – peeled and shredded
- 2 Jalapenos – seeded and minced
- 2 Green Onions – thinly sliced
- 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise or more to taste*
- 2 TBS Spicy Brown Mustard
- 1 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
- 4 tsp Granulated White Sugar
- 1/4 tsp Celery salt
- 1/4 tsp Cumin
- 1/8 tsp EACH: Cayenne & Black Pepper
- Jalapeno Coleslaw: Combine Cabbage, Carrots, Jalapeno, Red and Green Onion in a mixing bowl.
- In a separate, small mixing bowl combine remaining (dressing) ingredients. Whisk well to combine.
- Pour 1/4 cup of the Dressing over Cabbage mixture. Toss to combine. Add more dressing until desired level of creaminess is achieved. OPTIONAL, but recommended: Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to incorporate.
- Pulled Pork Sandwich: (I don't really think you guys need a written recipe for this, but I will include instructions for those of you who simply feel more comfortable with instructions.)
- Layer in this order: Slice of Texas Toast, (4 ounces) Pulled Pork, Smear of BBQ Sauce, Coleslaw & Top with Slice of Texas Toast. Enjoy!
- While the recipe calls for heads of green and purple cabbage, plus carrots, you can absolutely substitute a (16 ounce) bag of pre-prepared coleslaw mix from the grocery store! While fresh produce you shred and prepare yourself will always taste the best, using a packaged bag of coleslaw mix is a great way to save time!
- If you like your coleslaw on the creamier, less tangy side, increase the mayonnaise to 3/4 of a cup and decrease the mustard to only 1 tablespoon.
- When adding the coleslaw dressing to the vegetables, start with 1/4 cup of dressing, toss and then continue to add the dressing a little bit at a time until desired level of creaminess is achieved. Chances are, you will not need all of the dressing, so it is best to err on the side of caution.
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