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Easy Mexican Coleslaw

This Easy Mexican Coleslaw is an easy slaw recipe that is perfect for rice bowls, tacos, enchiladas and more. This coleslaw mixes cabbage, corn, black beans, tomatoes, jalapeños and citrus dressing. You will love this light coleslaw recipe! 

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EASY MEXICAN COLESLAW 

I love slaw recipes and will often make them as part of meal-prepping each week. 

Some that are on our rotation are this Broccoli Slaw Recipe, Healthy Coleslaw and Easy Mango Cabbage Coleslaw.

Coleslaw is healthy, simple to make and a great addition to so many meals from tacos, to enchiladas, to rice bowls. 

If I am making a Mexican meal I will often make today’s Easy Mexican Coleslaw along with this Easy Curtido Recipe and Quick Pickled Red Onions.

Today’s Mexican Slaw is one I love making in the summer months.

It is a nice way to use up any garden vegetables you have like tomatoes, jalapeños and cabbage. 

The citrus dressing uses mayonnaise but you can sub in Greek yogurt for a healthier dressing. 

Another option is to skip the mayonnaise and add olive oil to make an oil based dressing instead. 

Easy Mexican Coleslaw with lime slices.

WHY WE LOVE MEXICAN COLESLAW:

EASY TO MAKE: This slaw is so easy to make and comes together in under 20 minutes. If you prep your ingredients ahead of time you can have it on the table even quicker. 

SIMPLE, HEALTHY INGREDIENTS: I love the fresh, simple ingredients that this recipe uses. In the summer months it is a great way to use up garden tomatoes, jalapeños and cabbage. 

VARIOUS WAYS TO USE IT: This Mexican style coleslaw is so versatile and can be used in rice bowls, tacos, on the side of grilled steak or chicken or alongside enchiladas. 

GREAT FOR MEAL PREPPING: Sometimes I will meal-prep this coleslaw on the weekend and have it throughout the week to add to our meals. I would suggest if you do this to leave the dressing off until you are ready to serve it. 

Easy Mexican Coleslaw ingredients.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS:

COLESLAW MIX: You can use a regular coleslaw mix with red cabbage or a broccoli slaw mix. 

RED BELL PEPPER OR GREEN PEPPER: I like to use a mix of red and green bell peppers but any color works great. 

CORN: I like to use leftover grilled corn but feel free to use canned, frozen or fresh corn. If you use frozen just make sure you thaw it before adding it to the salad. 

CHERRY TOMATOES: I will often use garden cherry tomatoes but any tomatoes you have on hand work nicely in this. 

BLACK BEANS

JALAPENO 

FRESH CILANTRO

GREEN ONION

MAYONNAISE

LIME JUICE

GARLIC POWDER

SUGAR

SPICES: CUMIN & CHILI POWDER

Easy Mexican Coleslaw with cilantro.

HOW TO MAKE MEXICAN SLAW

This slaw recipe is so easy to make.

COMBINE THE SLAW INGREDIENTS: Start by combining the coleslaw mix, red pepper, corn, tomatoes, black beans, jalapeño, cilantro and green onion in a large bowl.

Easy Mexican Coleslaw ingredients in a mixing bowl.

MAKE THE DRESSING: Next in a small dish combine the mayonnaise, lime juice, garlic powder, sugar, cumin, chili powder and salt. 

Easy Mexican Coleslaw dressing in a slaw.

MIX THE DRESSING WITH THE SLAW: Pour the sauce over the coleslaw and toss to combine. Serve the slaw with lime wedges.

Easy Mexican Coleslaw with dressing in a clear bowl.

WAYS TO MODIFY THIS MEXICAN COLESLAW

BEANS: I like black beans in this slaw recipe but you could use white beans, kidney beans or pinto beans instead. 

VEGETABLES: You can add a variety of other vegetables. Try poblanos, radish, celery, carrots, cucumbers or other hot peppers. 

CHEESE: You could add cheese to this like pepper jack or cheddar cheese. Another option is cotija cheese. 

DRESSING: I added a homemade dressing to the slaw but you can also use your favorite store-bought dressing. You also can  use Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise to make it healthier. 

SPICES: You can mix up the spices you use and try things like Mexican oregano, cayenne red pepper, paprika or Italian seasoning. 

Easy Mexican Coleslaw spoon of the slaw.

HOW TO USE THIS MEXICAN COLESLAW

TACOS: I love adding this slaw to tacos. Some favorite taco recipes I will add it to are these Easy Cod Fish Tacos, Southwestern Breakfast Egg Tacos, Grilled Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa, Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos or these Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos.

RICE BOWLS: Rice bowls are another great way to use this slaw. I especially love adding it to this Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Rice Bowl or this Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Hummus Bowls. 

GRILLED MEATS: Adding slaw as a side of grilled meats like steak or chicken. Some that I will add it to are this Margarita Grilled Chicken, Grilled Flank Steak with Dry Rub, Grilled Carne Asada, Easy Grilled Flank Steak or this Yogurt Marinated Chicken.

OTHER MEXICAN RECIPES: Other Mexican recipes I like to serve this slaw with are these Chilaquiles RojosVegetarian Enchiladas Recipe, Chicken Enchiladas, Beef Enchilada Casserole, Chicken Potato Soup Recipe, Chicken Tinga Recipe

Easy Mexican Coleslaw with a logo.

Easy Mexican Coleslaw with lime slices.

Easy Mexican Coleslaw

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This Easy Mexican Coleslaw is an easy slaw recipe that is perfect for rice bowls, tacos, enchiladas and more. This coleslaw mixes cabbage, corn, black beans, tomatoes, jalapeños and citrus dressing. You will love this light coleslaw recipe! 

Ingredients

  • 14 ounce shredded coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup grilled corn {you can use fresh or canned}
  • 1/2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 jalapeño, diced and seeded {optional for heat}
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise {you could sub in Greek yogurt for healthier version}
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Lime wedges for serving

Instructions

    1. Combine the coleslaw mix, red pepper, corn, tomatoes, black beans, jalapeno, cilantro and onion in a large bowl.
    2. In a small dish combine the mayonnaise, lime juice, garlic powder, sugar, cumin, chili powder and salt. Pour the sauce over the coleslaw and toss to combine.
    3. Serve with lime wedges.

Notes

Tips:
You can make this with shredded chicken if you want.

Storage:
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Lisa Randel

Wednesday 12th of July 2023

Why isn’t the nutrition information included?

Julia

Thursday 13th of July 2023

It takes a lot for me to implement that into all of my recipes and I haven't done it yet. I am hoping to soon. Sorry.

Kelly

Friday 23rd of June 2023

Turned out excellent! Full of fresh flavors, I will definitely be making this one again.

Julia

Saturday 24th of June 2023

I am so glad you liked it!

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