Very Easy Mexican Style Picos (Escabeche)
Makes 1½ quarts
Even if you’re not into canning or “putting up”, you can still make pickles. This recipe comes together very quickly, and then the pickles marinate in the refrigerator; ready as soon as they cool, improved by the next day, lasting about a week.
Serve these pickles alongside tacos, sandwiches, or grilled steak, or on their own as an appetizer.
4 tsp. olive oil
¾ cup sliced white onion (about 1 medium onion)
2 garlic cloves, peeled
4 cups (1 quart) sliced carrot
4 or 5 jalapeno peppers (amount depending on how spicy the peppers are, and how spicy you like your pickles), sliced lengthwise and seeded
a pinch of dried Mexican oregano a large pinch of salt (to taste)
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
1 6-ounce can of pineapple juice
In a non-reactive pot, large enough to accommodate all of the ingredients, heat the oil over a medium flame. Add the onion and garlic cook for several minutes, stirring often, just until it starts to soften. Add the carrots and continue to cook, stirring once in a while, for several more minutes. Stir in the jalapeno, oregano, salt, and liquids. Bring the mixture to a boil. Turn off the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate the cooled pickles.
Note that these pickles do not contain sufficient acid for canning.