Perfectly Pickled Onions

Perfectly Pink Pickled Onions in a mason jar with lid off. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Get ready for your new favorite condiment!  But first, let’s get something straight, this is not just a condiment, this here is a game changer!  Perfectly Pickled Onions are transformational!  They go on just about any savory food and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good! 

Tart, tangy, sweet, and savory…they are everything.  This Pickled Onions recipe uses Honey as a natural sweetener, so no refined sugar here.  Only minutes to pull together and then after a few hours soaking, you get magic!   Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

 

LET’S GET PICKLED

First, let me say that onions, while polarizing, are super good for you!  They’re high in vitamin C, B vitamins and potassium.  They also have antioxidants that may help reduce heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure.  And…onions are a rich source of fiber and prebiotics, which are necessary for digestive health!  

So…want to eat more onions?  Pickle them and put them on everything!

Are you or someone you know “allergic” to raw onions?  I don’t mean literally, I mean if they see one they freak out and cannot even go near the food.  My Dad is like that and my Mom would try to sneak them into food all the time.  My daughters are like that too, saying they are “too spicy”.  BTW, they also say that black pepper is “too spicy” so take it for what it’s worth.

Well, then pickling is a wonderful way to get those onion-avoiders on board with onions!  Pickling takes the bite (or spice) out of the onions completely, and leaves them with a sweet, tangy, fantastic onion flavor.

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR PERFECTLY PICKLED ONIONS

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Ok, so let’s start with the pickling liquid.  The primary ingredient here is vinegar.  I’ve tried this recipe with Apple Cider Vinegar, White Wine Vinegar, and Red Wine Vinegar.  All worked great.   In the images you see here, I used Red Wine Vinegar.

In a saucepan, bring vinegar, honey, and cumin powder to a boil. 

Adding Sugar to vinegar in a pot for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Adding Cumin to vinegar in a pot for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

While the pickling liquid is warming up, you can prep the onions.  Simply thinly slice the onion and then separate the slices into a bowl that is large enough to cover the onion with the pickling liquid.

Knife cutting red onion into slices for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Slices of red onion for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Slices of red onion in a bowl for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Then pour the hot mixture over the onions. Let sit until room temperature, then cover and place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Slices of red onion in bowl with vinegar about to be poured over top for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Slices of red onion with pickling liquid in bowl covered for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

I love to make a ton of these pickled onions and store them in 16 oz mason jars. I use these pickled onions in salads, on sandwiches, in rice bowls, with grilled meats, and so much more.

Pickled Onions being transferred to a mason jar. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

USING YOUR PERFECTLY PICKLED ONIONS

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

You can store these in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks!  

Now, here comes the fun part!  What to put your Pickled Onions on!  Well, my friend, the options are endless!  Here is a short list…

I’m sure you will think of lots of other ways to use these magical, Perfectly Pickled Onions!

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Perfectly Pickled Onions

Get ready for your new favorite condiment!  Perfectly Pickled Onions go on just about any savory food and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Tart, tangy, sweet, and savory...they are everything.  This Pickled Onions recipe uses Honey as a natural sweetener, so no refined sugar here.  Only minutes to pull together and then after a few hours soaking, you get magic!   #pickledonions #easycondiment #tacos #grilling #burgers #condiments #toppings #easyrecipes

Course Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword burgers, grilling, onions, pickled onions, tacos, toppings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 Large red onion
  • 2 Cups White or Red wine vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, bring 2 cups white vinegar, 6 Tbsp Honey, and cumin powder to a boil and then turn off the heat and stir.

    Adding Cumin to vinegar in a pot for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!
  2. While the pickling liquid is heating up, cut the red onion in half and then thinly slice and separate thin slices into a bowl that is large enough to cover the onion with the pickling liquid.

    Slices of red onion for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!
  3. Pour the hot mixture over the onions and push onions down to make sure they are completely covered by the liquid. Let sit until up to room temperature, then place in refrigerator to soak for at least 2 hours.

    Slices of red onion with pickling liquid in bowl for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!
  4. Once the onions have soaked in the fridge and pickled for a couple hours or more, I like to transfer them into storage mason jars.  First I add the onions and then fill in the picking juice.

    Pickled Onions being transferred to a mason jar. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Recipe Notes

Serving size is based on 1/4 cup.  Therefore, you may get more servings out of this recipe if less is used.

 

 

Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender.  #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

GIMME ALL THE TACOS!  Gimme chicken tacos, beef tacos, fish tacos, bean tacos, cauliflower tacos, and of course these Slow Cooker Pork Tacos!  Then top them with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled all over! 

You get the salty and smoky flavor from the perfectly seasoned and slow cooked pork, a sweet and tart bite from the pickled onions, with creaminess from the cheese, and tang from the cilantro lime crema.  Holy cow, these Slow Cooker Pork Tacos are mouth wateringly fantastic!

Your Freezer can Save the Day! (Or at least Dinner)

Picture this…you pick the kids up after a long day of meetings.  You get them home, empty bags, start doing homework, and then it hits you.  Crap!  What can I make for dinner??  Sound familiar? Well, my friend, if you just lean on your fridge and pantry, I’m telling you, this Slow Cooker Pork Taco dinner could be yours last minute!  Make the pork in a large batch on a weekend, shred it, then freeze it portioned out.  Freeze the tortillas.  Freeze shredded cheese.  And the onions?  Well, they can’t freeze, but I say just always have a jar of these on hand.  Just thaw and warm everything up and put it together!  Check out more Freezer Hacks to Save Dinner here!

Pickled Onions for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

The Secret Ingredient: PICKLED ONIONS!

Now, you can certainly eat these tacos without pickled onions, but seriously, why would you???   If you’ve had pickled onions on tacos, well, then you know what I’m talkin’ about.  If not, PLEASE, PLEASE try this recipe, it is amazing and delicious and addictive and…just wow.  They are so easy to make as well and the beautiful pink color is natural from the Red onions sitting in the vinegar and sugar.  Seriously, I cannot say enough about the YUM factor here.   

Hand holding a Slow Cooker Pork Taco with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR PORK TACOS COOKING KIT

You are busy, so these are the steps you can do a day or two in advance to prepare food ahead!  (See the recipe below for more details)

So much can be done ahead for this recipe, which is so fantastic for a busy Mom! You can make the pickled onions 3-4 days in advance. The pork can be made months in advance and frozen or 3-4 days in advance and stored in the fridge. The Cilantro Lime Crema can be made 1-2 days in advance.

Let’s Get Pickled

Ok, so let’s start with the Pickled Onions! For these, you simply thinly slice the onion and then separate the slices into a bowl that is large enough to cover the onion with the pickling liquid.

Red Onions being sliced for pickling for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
Red Onions sliced before pickling for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
Red Onions in bowl before pickling for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

In a saucepan, bring white vinegar, sugar (or honey), and cumin powder to a boil. Then pour the hot mixture over the onions. Let sit until up to room temperature, then cover and place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Adding sugar to vinegar for pickling onions for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
Red Onions in bowl before pickling for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
Red Onions pickling in vinegar in bowl for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
Red Onions pickling in vinegar in bowl for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

I love to make a ton of these pickled onions and store them in jars. I use these pickled onions in salads, on sandwiches, in rice bowls, with grilled meats, and so much more.

Pickled Onions for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Crema so good you will eat it with a spoon!

Next, we have the creamy, tangy and fresh Cilantro Lime Crema, which is nothing short of delish and it’s really everything I can do from eating it straight with a spoon.  The key is the Lime zest, not just using the juice.  The zest gives a more intense lime flavor without the intense sour.

You can make the Crema a couple days in advance. Add sour cream to small bowl. Then add lime zest, lime juice, cilantro and salt. Mix to combine until smooth…YUM!

Sour cream, cilantro, and lime in bowl for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Cook the Pork and Put the Tacos Together!

Now for the pork! This recipe uses the slow cooker for a deep flavor and the most tender, fall-apart meat. Simply add everything to the pot, set for 8 hours and when it’s done, just pull the meat apart with a fork.

Last, once the pork is done, wrap 12 tortillas in aluminum foil & place in the oven for 10 minutes. Turn off oven & let stay in oven until ready to eat.

To serve, you can obviously add any toppings that your family loves, such as tomatoes, avocado, or different cheeses. Simply put bowls of everything out for the family to put together themselves or put the tacos together and plate them all for a stunning presentation!

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
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Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

These Slow Cooker Pork Tacos are mouthwateringly fantastic!  Top them with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled all over!  You get the salty and smoky flavor from the perfectly seasoned and slow cooked pork, a sweet and tart bite from the pickled onions, with creaminess from the cheese, and tang from the cilantro lime crema.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword carnitas, pickled onions, pork, tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12 Tacos
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Pickled Onions

  • 1 Large red onion
  • 2 Cups White or Red wine vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp White sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder

Pork Filling

  • 2 Lbs Pork Stew Meat
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Tbsp Ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Cilantro Lime Crema

  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 2 Limes
  • 4 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Other Taco Ingredients

  • 12 6" Corn Tortillas
  • 6 oz Shredded Cheddar
  • 4 Fresh Scallions
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro, chopped

Instructions

Pickled Onions (you can make these 1-4 nights in advance)

  1. Cut the red onion in half and then thinly slice and separate thin slices into a bowl that is large enough to cover the onion with the pickling liquid.
    Red Onions in bowl before pickling for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
  2. In a saucepan, bring 2 cups white vinegar, 6 Tbls sugar (or honey), and cumin powder to a boil and then turn off the heat and stir to make sure the sugar is completely dissolved. 

    Adding cumin to vinegar for pickling onions for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
  3. Pour the hot mixture over the onions and push onions down to make sure they are completely covered by the liquid. Let sit until up to room temperature, then place in refrigerator until ready to use.  

    Red Onions pickling in vinegar in bowl for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
  4. Once the onions have cooled in the fridge and pickled for a few hours, I like to transfer them into storage jars for use in a variety of dishes, such as salads, sandwiches, with meats, etc.

    Pickled Onions for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Make Pork filling in Slow Cooker (make months ahead and freeze or up to 4 days before)

  1. Mince the garlic

  2. To the slow cooker pot, add the pork, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.  Fill with chicken broth starting with 1 cup and pouring enough to cover the pork.  Set slow cooker to 8 hours.

Tortillas

  1. Once pork is done, wrap 12 tortillas in aluminum foil & place in a 300 F degree oven for 10 minutes. Turn off oven & let stay in oven until ready to eat

Make Cilantro Lime Crema (make up to 3 days before)

  1. Add sour cream to small bowl
  2. Zest both limes and add the zest to the sour cream.  Then quarter the limes and add the juice from 3 quarters into sour cream & mix to combine until smooth. Taste and if needed add juice from 1/4 more of the lime at a time tasting as you add to make sure it doesn't get to acidic.

  3. Add 1 tsp chopped Cilantro and salt to taste to crema

    Sour cream, cilantro, and lime in bowl for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Put it all together!

  1. Chop some fresh cilantro for garnish.  TIP: you can also snip it off the stem with kitchen scissors!

  2. For the pork, you will want to make sure to drain out the liquid so the tacos are not soggy.  I like to store the shredded pork in the liquid as well as heat it up in the liquid, so I do not discard it, but rather drain it when serving.  

  3. Layer the tortillas with pork, then pickled onions, then cheese, then Cilantro lime crema, then fresh chopped Cilantro.  Enjoy!

    Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork