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Spicy Coleslaw

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Spicy coleslaw is a zesty twist on the classic side dish, perfect for those who love a little extra kick in their meals. This recipe combines crisp vegetables with a fiery dressing, creating a deliciously bold and refreshing salad.

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Spicy Coleslaw. Photo Credit: Binky’s Culinary Carnival.

Although this coleslaw can be served with various dishes, it is specifically made for fish tacos. Fish tacos require a slaw, and this one does not disappoint. Made in less than five minutes and ready to serve in less than 15 minutes, it is a great companion for the incredibly easy fish taco.

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Why Make this Spicy Coleslaw?

  • This spicy coleslaw is the perfect accompaniment to so many meals. This salad will be a hit every time, from backyard picnics to taco Tuesday.
  • It’s incredibly easy. It takes only a few minutes to put together if you purchase a bag of mixed coleslaw.
  • You probably have all of the ingredients in your fridge and pantry.

What You Need to Make it

  • Mayonnaise: Use a good quality mayonnaise, like Duke’s or Hellmann’s. Do not use salad dressing, or the dressing for your slaw will be too sweet. You can make your own spicy aioli with this recipe.
  • Hot Sauce: Use a bottled or homemade hot sauce. You can substitute the hot sauce with a bit of apple cider vinegar and ground cayenne pepper, or disced, fresh jalapeños to taste.
  • Lime Juice: Fresh lime juice will produce the best flavor.
  • Salt: Use kosher salt or sea salt,
  • Pepper: Freshly ground black pepper is always best.
  • Coleslaw: You can use homemade or a bag of premade coleslaw mix from the produce department of your favorite grocery store. See the instructions below.
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Ingredients. Photo Credit: Binky’s Culinary Carnival.

How to Make it

Step One:

Add all of the ingredients for the dressing to a medium bowl.

Mix well.

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Add ingredients to a small bowl. Photo Credit: Binky’s Culinary Carnival.

Step Two:

Add the dressing to your coleslaw mix in a large bowl.

Toss the coleslaw with the dressing well so no dry spots are left.

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Add the dressing to the cabbage mix. Photo Credit: Binky’s Culinary Carnival.

Let the coleslaw sit in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

What You Need for Homemade Coleslaw

  • Cabbage: We like to use green and purple fresh cabbage for more color. Use a mandoline slicer or similar tool to julienne the cabbage into uniform pieces.
  • Carrots: Julienne fresh carrots about the same size as the cabbage.
  • Onion: Finely diced white or yellow onion adds great flavor.

What to do With Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to four days. Don’t freeze the leftovers, they will not thaw well.

Tips for Perfect Spicy Coleslaw

  • Don’t overdress this coleslaw. You don’t want it to get soggy. This recipe is the perfect amount of dressing for about ½ pound of coleslaw mix. That is half of a precut bag from the grocers or about 3 cups of mixed cabbage and carrots.
  • Add the dressing a little at a time. Then mix the coleslaw up and test it. Add more, if needed to get it as creamy as you like.
  • Use fresh cabbage and carrots or buy your premixed coleslaw mix just a couple of days before you want to make it.

What to Serve it With?

  • Salmon Tacos
  • Lobster Tacos
  • Shrimp Tacos
  • Fish Tacos
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Pulled Chicken Sandwich
  • Brisket Tacos
  • Brisket Sandwich

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this spicy fish slaw be made ahead of time?

Absolutely! Make this coleslaw up to two days ahead if you know you will have an extra busy day during the week.

Can I make this coleslaw less spicy?

Sure! Just add a portion of what the recipe calls for, then taste it. Adjust the heat level to your family’s tolerance level.

Can I make this spicy coleslaw vegan or vegetarian.

Yes, you can. Substitute your favorite plant-based mayonnaise for the mayonnaise in the recipe.

Is it possible to freeze leftovers?

No. We don’t suggest freezing the leftover slaw.

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That’s how easy it is to make a batch of spicy coleslaw. Make some for your next Taco Tuesday, and be prepared to be wowed.

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Spicy Coleslaw

Spicy coleslaw is a zesty twist on the classic side dish, perfect for those who love a little extra kick in their meals. This recipe combines crisp vegetables with a fiery dressing, creating a deliciously bold and refreshing salad.
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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 96kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $5

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup mayonnaise
  • 3-6 drops chipotle hot sauce
  • ½ juice of 1/2 lime
  • ¼ Teaspoon coarse kosher salt or sea salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • ½ 12 ounce bag coleslaw mix

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl. EXcept the cabbage mix.
    ½ Cup mayonnaise, 3-6 drops chipotle hot sauce, ½ juice of 1/2 lime, ¼ Teaspoon coarse kosher salt or sea salt, ¼ Teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • Open the bag of cabbage mix. Add most of the dressing. Toss it well. If it needs more dressing, add it to taste.
    ½ 12 ounce bag coleslaw mix
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Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to four days. Don’t freeze the leftovers; they will not thaw well.
Pro Tips:
  • Don’t overdress this coleslaw. You don’t want it to get soggy. This recipe is the perfect amount of dressing for about ½ pound of coleslaw mix. That is half of a precut bag from the grocers or about 3 cups of mixed cabbage and carrots.
  • Add the dressing a little at a time. Then mix the coleslaw up and test it. Add more, if needed to get it as creamy as you like.
  • Use fresh cabbage and carrots or buy your premixed coleslaw mix just a couple of days before you want to make it.
FAQs
Can this spicy fish slaw be made ahead of time?
Absolutely! Make this coleslaw up to two days ahead if you know you will have an extra busy day during the week.
Can I make this coleslaw less spicy?
Sure! Just add a portion of what the recipe calls for, then taste it. Adjust the heat level to your family’s tolerance level.
Can I make this spicy coleslaw vegan or vegetarian.
Yes, you can. Substitute your favorite plant-based mayonnaise for the mayonnaise in the recipe.
Is it possible to freeze leftovers?
No. We don’t suggest freezing the leftover slaw.

Nutrition

Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.3g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.04mg
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Originally published February 11, 2024.

Beth Neels

Author: Beth Neels

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Beth Neels is an entrepreneur, blogger, photographer, author, and recipe developer. She founded Binky’s Culinary Carnival in 2014, focusing on “Crafting delicious recipes with sustainable ingredients.” She has been featured in multiple online publications, including MSN, Reader’s Digest, Associated Press, and Parade.

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