Pickled Red Onions (Cebollas Curtidas)

Simple & easy, these pickled red onions are the perfect condiment to brighten any meal. 

I made these for my Tortas Ahogadas, but you can eat them with pretty much anything. They are tangy with a little bit of crunch. I think they pair best with sandwiches and rice bowls!

I tried to make mine as close to the pickled red onions that Portos serves with their lechon plate. Ive tried many different types of pickled onions, and so far that one has been my favorite. 


It’s a very short list- only 3 ingredients!

  • Red onion- you can use white or yellow onions too. Make sure they are sliced thinly. I like to slice them into rings.

  • Salt

  • Lime juice

  • Optional ingredients- for a little added heat & flavor, you can add some chopped cilantro and/or chili peppers. Dried red chilies or roasted jalapeno/serrano peppers are great!

Pickled Red Onions (Cebollas Curtidas)

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 hours


  • 1 large red onion sliced thinly
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 tsp coarse salt


  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 roasted serrano pepper
  • 2 dried chile de arbol


  • Slice the red onion thinly. I like to cut rings but you can cut whatever shape you'd like.
  • In a clean glass jar, add the onions, lime juice, and salt. Let it sit on the counter for a couple hours and then store in the fridge.
    Optional: Add a roasted serrano pepper and/or dried chili de arbor for some heat, and chopped cilantro.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Diana

    5 stars
    This is the only way I make pickled onions now. My family makes them with vinegar (mom’s recipe) I dislike the flavor. But now that I make them with only lemon juice, everyone loves them this way! I always have some in the fridge per my husband’s request 🤗

  2. Rubyredheart

    5 stars
    I love these and make them all the time! 10/10
    Your recipe is now a staple in my house. Thank you!

  3. Michelle Bobb

    5 stars
    I always hated onions until this recipe. Call me crazy but I eat these pickled onions with my pho and it is completely life changing! I also eat this with just refried beans and Mexican rice. I don’t know what it is but these pickled onions have really changed my life. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes!

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