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Jalapeno Coleslaw

Jalapeno Coleslaw is a deliciously fresh, crunchy, savoury, summery salad to accompany all your grilled main dishes. Creamy, tangy, and easily adjustable to suit your heat-preferences, this super fresh spicy coleslaw is one you'll reach for again and again.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon coleslaw, jalapeno bacon coleslaw, jalapeno coleslaw, spicy coleslaw, spicy coleslaw recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 233kcal
Author Rebecca Lindamood


  • 1 head cabbage about 8 cups (see notes)
  • 1 carrot peeled and shredded on a box grater (see notes)
  • 1 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon jarred pickled jalapenos to 1/4 cup, finely minced plus 1 tablespoon of the pickling liquid from the jalapenos.
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to 1 teaspoon


  • Use a good, sharp knife to core and shred the cabbage into thin strips. Shred a carrot on the coarse surface of a box grater.
  • Both of those go into a large mixing bowl with the crisped bacon which is set aside.
  • In a liquid mixing cup or smaller mixing bowl, measure and whisk together the mayonnaise, white wine or cider vinegar, liquid from the pickled jalapenos, chopped pickled jalapenos, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • Toss everything together and serve immediately or stash in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  • One of the beautiful things about jalapeno coleslaw is that it holds up well for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator once it has been made. If you know you’re going to be storing the spicy coleslaw and want the bacon to stay crisp, hold off on stirring in the bacon.
  • In order to keep your bacon crisp, store it in a covered, paper towel lined container separately from the jalapeno coleslaw. Stir them together when you plan to serve it.
  • Of course, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for the bacon to soften in the refrigerator. I generally stir it together and store it as is. It’s all a matter of personal preference!


Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 895mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1421IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg