Spicy Pickled Carrots

So, back when I lived in Baton Rouge, there was a Mexican restaurant (Ninfa’s) that kept jars of pickled carrots and other vegetables on the tables as an appetizer. Practically every time I went there I would ruin my appetite on those pickles before I even had a chance to order an entree. So, when I saw this post on The Homesick Texan, I got very, very, very excited.

I made a pared down version based on what I had available and they were AWESOME. I’ve been eating them non-stop since… and I just realized (while tallying the cost) that I completely forgot to add the garlic! So, next time they’ll probably be even better. I want to add other hearty vegetables too, like cauliflower! Yum!

The pickles really taste best the next day, after they’ve had a chance to soak in the brine. They’ll keep for about a month in the fridge!

Spicy Pickled Carrots

Spicy Pickled Carrots in mason jar

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Spicy Pickled Carrots

Spicy pickled carrots are easy to make and are excellent as a snack or addition to a salad.
Total Cost: $2.90 recipe / $0.36 serving
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 8


  • 1 lb. carrots ($0.98)
  • 1/2 med. red onion ($0.51)
  • 1 med jalapeno ($0.10)
  • 1 cup water ($0.00)
  • 2 cups white vinegar ($0.99)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil ($0.16)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin ($0.03)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano ($0.03)
  • 10-15 cranks freshly cracked pepper ($0.05)
  • 1 tsp salt ($0.05)


  • Peel and slice the carrots into 1/2 inch rounds. Slice the jalapeno, keeping the seeds intact. Slice the red onion.
  • In a large pot, bring the water, vinegar, vegetable oil, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper to a rapid boil over high heat. Add the sliced vegetables and continue to boil for 5-10 minutes depending on how crunchy you like the carrots (I boiled for only 5 minutes).
  • When the carrots have cooked to your desired texture, turn off the heat and carefully transfer the vegetables and all of the brine to heatproof containers. Refrigerate for about 24 hours to let flavors develop.
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Serving: 1 ServingCalories: 99.99 kcalCarbohydrates: 6.9 gProtein: 0.66 gFat: 3.59 gSodium: 367.41 mgFiber: 1.81 g
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Top view of spicy pickled carrots in mason jar with jalapeño on the side

Step By Step Photos

Carrots, onion and jalapeno
I started out with a pound of carrots, an onion (I used half) and a jalapeno. I can’t wait to make this again with things like cauliflower, green beans, and okra!

Chopped onions, carrots and jalapeno
Slice everything up. I sliced the carrots into rounds just for ease and convenience but you could certainly cut them into sticks. I just didn’t want to try to wrangle the sticks into the small mouthed jar.

brin ingredients in pot
Make the brine by combining the water, vinegar, vegetable oil, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Bring this up to a rapid boil.

Chopped veggies added to brine in pot
Then add the sliced vegetables. Be careful of hot splashing water!

Veggies boiling in pot
Boil the vegetables in the brine for 5-10 minutes depending on how crunchy you want them. I boiled mine for only 5 minutes because I wanted them to be fairly crunchy and still have a vibrant color.

Close up of jarred pickles
After boiling, carefully ladle the vegetables and all of the brine into jars or another heat proof container. Refrigerate for a day to let the flavors meld. Continue to enjoy for up to a month!

Two jars of spicy pickled carrots