Chili-Lime Cole Slaw

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When we had some friends over for a Mexican fiesta a few weeks ago, I was very indecisive when it came to picking a vegetable side dish for our beef tacos. 

I found inspiration at a local pupuseria when I treated myself to a lunch of jalapeno pupusas (so good!). They served the pupusas with hot sauce and cole slaw. The cole slaw (although a bit bland) provided a great fresh crunch.

I kicked this cole slaw up a bit by adding fresh lime juice, chili powder and cumin. It's so refreshing -- and it's great just eaten on the side or as part of a taco! I've actually been making this every week, and Evan adds it to a tortilla wrap (along with shredded chicken and avocado) for his lunch at work. 

I use this 3-color deli cole slaw from Fresh Express. You could obviously shred your own cabbage and carrots! I find this to be way too convenient to pass up. :)

Chili-Lime Cole Slaw

1 - 16 oz. bag shredded cole slaw
2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
salt & pepper, to taste

Place cole slaw in medium bowl. Add lime juice and olive oil, stir to fully coat. Add chili powder and cumin, again stir until fully coated. Sprinkle in salt/pepper to taste. Let sit in fridge for at least an hour prior to serving to let the flavors meld together. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to five days.

Serving size: 1 cup
Yield:  ~7 servings


  1. I absolutely hate anything mayo-based, so I love when I can find a slaw recipe that doesn't involve it! Adding shredded chicken (and maybe some mandarin oranges?) to make it a full meal is a great idea. Oooh and chow mein noodles! Oh, the possibilities! Going to pick up a bag of slaw this weekend.

  2. This slaw sounds delicious! I would love to have a pupuseria near me. The last time I had a pupusa was when vacationing in Belize. I may need to look into making some and serving them with this slaw. Looks delicious!

    1. It's quite dangerous working so close to one...they have a lunch special: 2 for $5. Cheesy deliciousness! :)

  3. This looks so good! I can see why it would be delicious on its own or in a taco. Yum!


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