Prep 0 mins
Cook 30 mins
These are the hot carrots like you get in Mexican restaurants. They are positively addictive. I usually make a batch and share with a friend or neighbor. This recipe comes from a restaurant in San Diego called Alta Vista. It was owned and run by a woman named Mary Sargent. Her loyal customers were saddened when she closed her doors and retired, but at least we are able to make these delicious carrots.
- 2 lbs carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal (1/4 inch thick)
- 2 yellow onions, peeled and sliced
- 1 1⁄2 quarts warm water
- 7 ounces whole canned jalapeno peppers, with liquid
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 6 whole garlic cloves
- 2 cups cider vinegar
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Put carrots in a large 3 or 4-quart pot. Add warm water and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Boil for 5 minutes and then remove from heat.
- To pot, add the peppers, onions, oregano, garlic, vinegar, bay leaves and salt.
- Let cool for 2-3 hours. Put in jars and place in refrigerator. These will keep for a week after opening jar.
- Can also be kept in airtight containers in refrigerator.
- Makes 8-9 cups.
Very tasty! I used one quart of water and a 12-ounce jar of jalapeÃ±o peppers. Black peppercorns were also added to the mix. My carrots were the little baby carrots. They were really thin and small so there was no need to boil them. I just packed them into jars and ladled the boiling mixture over them and capped and sealed. This makes a great crunchy snack to take the place of a high fat crunch from potato chips.
For my taste, the carrots were overcooked after five minutes, and they were even softer after sitting covered while the solution cooled -- and continued to cook them. Otherwise, the flavor is good; the oregano could be doubled or tripled without harm though.
Muchas Gracias!!! This is the hot carrot recipe I was hoping for. Hot carrots are so commonly served at authentic Mexican restaurants and taco shops where I grew up in San Diego, CA. Now that we live in Montana we really miss the great little things in life. Serve as an appetizer with chips and salsa before a Mexican meal. Best with a little crunch. We added 1 TBL of oil. Thank you for sharing. Muy delicioso!!