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Jars of Texas Escabeche in the sunshine

Help yourself to some Texas escabeche this summer! Bursting with juicy, pickled carrots and jalapenos, infused in a garlicky fragrant brine, this hot relish is a must have for Tex-Mex dining.

Texas escabeche is served tableside, along with hot buttered corn tortillas and fiery red table salsa!

Make sure to serve it alongside your enchiladas, taco salad, and fajitas. 🙂

Our method today includes instructions on canning the escabeche, but it’s just as good held in the refrigerator (and a bit more crunchy as well!)

If you would like to can this recipe prepare 5 pint sized mason jars and lids according to canning procedure and then follow the directions below.

Start by chopping the onion and halving and bruising the garlic cloves, and give them a quick saute…

Onions and garlic being sauteed for Texas escabeche

Slice the jalapenos into coins making sure to either wear gloves or wash your hands very well right afterwards…

Coins of fresh jalapeno for escabeche

Coin the carrots into slices about 1/4″ thick…

coins of carrot for escabeche

This is Mexican Oregano

We use it all the time in our Urban Cowgirl recipes and even Texans ask me exactly where to find it.

The best place is in the Hispanic section of the market if you live in the Southwest. It can also be found in Hispanic Markets like La Azteca and Mexican butcher shops…. but this is a very common ingredient so please don’t think it’s that exotic. Occasionally, I have seen it in ordinary supermarkets just labeled as “oregano” and I look closely to confirm that it is indeed Mexican oregano, and not Mediterranean oregano.

This is what it looks like up close…

A beautiful jay of mexican oregano

It infuses our brine along with some fresh bay leaves…

escabeche cooking

After simmering the escabeche, you’ll fill the jars with white vinegar and ladle in the veggies. Then top off with the pickle brine, clean the jar rims, ands replace the lids.

Can according to the recipe instructions…

Escabeche being canned in mason jars

After processing I flip my jars to encourage a good seal. You may hear them pop as they cool.

Canning jars of escabeche

When they’re cool to the touch, give them away as gifts or start your very own snacking closet!

Jars of escabeche, just canned in the sunlight

Here is the recipe for the Texas Escabeche…

If you make the recipe and post it to social media, tag Urban Cowgirl! I’d love to see how it turns out!

Yields 5

Texas Style Escabeche (Hot Relish)
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2 T. Grapeseed Oil

1 onion, large, cut in half and then each half into thirds

8 garlic cloves, smashed and halved

2 quarts water

8 carrots, sliced into ¼ inch coins

12 jalapenos, sliced

1 T salt

2 T. Mexican oregano

4 bay leaves

2.5 c. white vinegar

5 sterilized pint jars and lids


In a stock pot over high heat, add the oil. Add the onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant. Cook 1-2 minutes.

Pour in 2 quarts water and bring to a boil. Add the jalapeno and carrots.

Add the salt, dried oregano, and bay leaves.

Simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to begin cooling off while you prepare jars.

In each jar pour ½ c. vinegar. Using a spoon with drain holes, fill each jar with the relish mixture. Top each jar off with the cooking liquid leaving ¼ inch space of head room if canning.

Refrigerator jars or prepare standard canning procedure. Leave ¼” head space and process 20 minutes. Remove the jars from the water and transfer to a towel. I flip them upside down to encourage sealing. Allow the jars to cool, you may hear them pop as they seal. When they are cool inspect all the jars. Any jars that did not seal most be refrigerated. Enjoy!

** Excess pickling juices make an excellent chicken marinade.

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