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Pickled Onions
for Tatemado

This pickled onions are the classical accompaniment of a dish known as tatemado. Although it is an accompaniment that specializes in the tatemado they can also be used to accompany salads or tostadas – it will give a touch of lightness, sourness and freshness.

The pickled onions for tatemado consist of
raw red onions that are submerged in lime juice and they are seasoned with salt . In this way the onions acquire a very special flavor, that you have to taste.

– The tatemado is a typical dish from the state of Colima, that consists of a roasted pork meat stew that has a salsa based in pasilla pepper. And the pickled is a fresh food preparation technique that helps to preserve them for a longer time, with out losing their nutritional properties.

About the Recipe

  • For this recipe any experience nor special cuisine knowledge is needed – it is super easy.
  • This recipe could be prepared with white onion however the typical and authentic recipe is prepared with red onion; which is more attractive and it has more flavor.
  • The recipe is prepared with lime juice although if you want it could be substituted for 1 cup of white vinegar (8.4 fl oz).
  • The preparation requires of only 5 minutes + 2 hours of rest.
  • The recipe is for 4 cups.


  • 2 Red Onions (1.1 lbs)
  • 8 Limes (8.4 oz)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt

  • Cookware

  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 Chopping Board
  • 1 Mixing Spatula
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Lime Squeezer (optional)

  • Directions

    1. Cut 2 red onions into strips and put them in a bowl.
    2. Also add in the bowl:
    • The juice of 8 Limes.
    • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt.

    1. Mix very well the bowl ingredients with a mixing spatula.
    2. Leave the pickled onions for tatemado resting for 2 hours, so the flavors combine.

    A Very
    Special Touch

    Tip: This onions can last you in the fridge for several weeks. Just make sure to store them in a glass container that air tight seals.

    Suggestion: Try this onions with a snack or with some crackers, you will love the combination.

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