Pickled Onion Potato Salad

Pickled Onion Potato Salad

Ensalada de Papa y Cebollitas en Escabeche
6 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: garlic, habanero, jalapeno, onion, pickled, pickled red onions, potatoes, serrano chiles, vinegar
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Pickled Onion Potato Salad recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 1, Episode 7 “Mexican Picnic”


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 jalapeño chiles, sliced in half lengthwise and seeded (may substitute for habanero or serrano if more heat is desired)
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar, or any mild fruit vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 lbs red potatos, peeled and cut into bite size chunks

To Prepare

  • In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add the jalapeños and the garlic and cook for a couple minutes, until they have softened a bit.
  • Add the black peppercorns, oregano, allspice, bay leaves and salt and stir for a couple seconds. Incorporate the red onions, stir, let them soften for a minute. Carefully pour in the vinegars. Mix the vinegars with the rest of the ingredients in the pan, stir for a couple seconds and turn off the heat.
  • Cook the potatoes in a pot with salted boiling water, for about 12 minutes, until a fork or the tip of a knife goes into the potato. Strain the potatoes and place them in a bowl. Stir in the pickled onion mix. If you do so while the potatoes are still hot, they will absorb the pickle juices much better.
  • You may eat the salad warm or cold. You can let it cool and place in a container with a cover. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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  1. Patti, when my dad was alive, we used to make pickled onions but now we can’t remember how he did it. Could please give us the process and ingredients. (all I remember was salt, water and vinegar???

    Thanks, su amigo,

  2. Sounds wonderful. Who doesn’t like various different potato salads.
    I look forward to enjoying this dish.

    Thank you for sharing it with us all

  3. Hola pati quiero hacer to pastel de mango con crema de coco y galletas maria pero donde compro la crema de cocococo..podria

  4. Thank you for inspiring me to not only cook more but to try(and love) the amazing variety of Mexican foods.