Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is very similar to something that was served at the Ninfa's restaurants in Houston. It was always sitting on the tables, along with the chips and salsa, to munch on while waiting to be served. The marinade improves with age and will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 months. I like to make these the day before I plan to serve them. A great addition to your Mexican fiesta fare.Originally from the R.S.V.P. section of a January 1979 issue of Bon Apetit. Recipe requested from The Annex restaurant in San Diego.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 large carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally into 1/2 inch chunks
  • ice cube
  • 1 (12 ounce) jarwhole pickled jalapeno peppers, sliced into 1/2 to 3/4 inch chunks
  • 2 large onions, coarsely chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Place carrots in large bowl and cover with hot (140 to 160 degree) water and let stand about 30 minutes.
  2. Drain and plunge into cold water; add about a dozen ice cubes, and let stand 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Combine jalapenos with onions, oil,vinegar, and salt.
  4. Drain carrots well and add to pepper mixture.
  5. Cover and refrigerate at least 6 to 8 hours before serving.


Most Helpful

This is really good. Took me back a bunch of years. I did have to make some changes. I only made half the recipe (this does make quite a bit). Didn't have any whole pickled jalapenos, but did have a jar of chopped. Used 6 oz. of this, and added two sliced fresh jalapenos. Thanks for posting such a tasty treat. Hmmmm. Wonder how some of these on a skewer would be in a Bloody Mary? Food for thought...

ala-kat March 01, 2009

I've been eating this salad at Don Pedros in Marietta, GA. Thanks for sharing this GREAT recipe, Leslie. At the restaurant, they use an herb (la horel?) in the carrot salad-Ensalada Zanahorias.

MakeDollarHoller April 23, 2010

Really yummy munchie! Reduced the recipe to 1/3 and used smaller slices of carrots and sliced jalapenos, just personal preference. Best after they sit for several days in the fridge. Addictive! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

LonghornMama June 21, 2008

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