Pickled red onions (cebolla roja encurtidos) are a traditional condiment for tacos in Southern Mexico. They add an excellent acidic kick to tacos that include fatty meats like barbacoa, carnitas, and especially cochinita pibil.
While white vinegar isn’t the traditional acid used in pickled red onions (sour oranges are), it works just fine and makes this recipe quick and easy.
Sour oranges are almost impossible to find here in the U. S., so vinegar is the next best thing.
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Cebolla Roja Encurtidos – Pickled Red Onions
- Heat a saucepan of water over high heat until boiling, then remove from heat.
- Add onions and let cool in the water for ten minutes. Drain well.
- Stuff the onions into a quart-size glass jar, gently packing them down. Add the balance of the ingredients to the jar and pour in the vinegar. Seal with a lid, then gently shake back and forth to mix, then put into the refrigerator overnight.