Spicy Carrots

Earlier this year I went to San Diego and tried hot carrots for the first time at Ranchos Cocina. Holy moly. My taste buds are forever changed. If you have not yet experienced this spicy favorite, there’s no time like the present. My version is no where near as spicy as the original so if you like super spicy carrots, add a second jalapeño and be sure to keep all the seeds in.

This recipe was submitted by for the love of food in collaboration with the Oxbox Project,  food bloggers creating delicious recipes featuring Oxbow vegetables.

  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 bu Carrots, diagonally sliced (about 3 cups)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 C Vinegar
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 5 Peppercorns
  • 1 Jalepeno, sliced (seeds removed if less heat desired)
  • 1/2 C Water
  • Sea salt to taste



  1. Add olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Saute the carrots and garlic for 2-3 minutes, until garlic is fragrant. Add the vinegar, bay leaves, peppercorns, and jalapeño and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the water and continue to simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and remove the bayleaves. Carrots can be served warm or transferred to a container and stored overnight in the fridge with any leftover liquid.