Chipotle Coleslaw

Coleslaw reminds me of summer, of barbecues and sunshine. As a child my favorite coleslaw was from Kentucky Fried Chicken, yes I grew up in those days where fast food was a regular part of our diet!  When I came to England one could get coleslaw but the disappointing overall taste was of mayonnaise. For years I didn’t eat it, before it occurred to me that I could make my own coleslaw! I tried lots of recipes and finally found one on the internet that replicated the KFC taste, it was good but a rather long-winded recipe and as the only coleslaw eater in the house, too much just for me. I recently had lunch in the Mexican restaurant,  Wahaca.  Alongside my meal was some coleslaw, well it was the best coleslaw I’d had for ages! It had the usual cabbage etc but had a spicy, smoky taste. I have no idea what was in it but a day later I was trying to make it for myself at home! Here is my version, it’s fairly hot, with only a little mayonnaise which is lighter on the calories. The taste I recognized in the Wahaca coleslaw was the hot and smoky chipotle.  I’m lucky enough to have some chipotle powder that I bought on holiday in Florida. In the UK you can get a chipotle paste made by Discovery. To get chipotle chilli powder you may have to shop online.

Using a food processor to slice the cabbage makes this come together really quickly. Although as its such a small amount it wouldn’t take very long to chop and grate by hand. A little red cabbage looks nice in this but for such a small portion I wouldn’t rush to buy 2 cabbages!

Chipotle Coleslaw (makes approx 3 servings)

  • 1/2 a small White cabbage,  thinly sliced
  • 1 Carrot, grated
  • 2 heaped tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Chipotle powder (if using paste use 1 tsp) this is quite hot, you may prefer to add less to taste
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Add the cabbage and carrot to a large bowl.
  2. Add the mayonnaise and vinegar, stirring well to coat all of the vegetables.Add the chipotle, stirring well to combine.
  3. Add the Chipotle and salt, stirring well to combine.

Serve immediately or keep covered in the fridge, this will last for 2-3 days.

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  1. #1 by lizthechef on April 22, 2012 - 17:23

    I will be the only person in our family eating this spicy treat, but I plan to devour it!

    • #2 by Jayne on April 22, 2012 - 21:06

      Thanks Liz, the portion is not overwhelming as I too am a solo coleslaw eater!

  2. #3 by Wendy Read (@Sunchowder) on April 23, 2012 - 13:53

    This looks so tasty Jayne! I am not a “spicy” lover, you would never know it from my product line though! Chipotle peppers are simply smoked/dried Jalapenos. I have never smoked them myself, but I can imagine that would be a fun Sunday project :) This recipe is going into my “try” box!

    • #4 by Jayne on April 23, 2012 - 14:51

      Thanks! I only just learned that chipotles are smoked jalapenos, we never stop learning do we?

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