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Spicy Coleslaw Recipe

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This Spicy Coleslaw recipe is made with fresh green and purple cabbage, jalapenos, shredded carrots, and is coated in a homemade creamy dressing.

bowl with jalapeno slaw
Spicy coleslaw is perfect for parties and potlucks!

Summer barbecues, potlucks, and pool parties are on the horizon. Serving some delicious jalapeno slaw is a must this season! It’s creamy and spicy to give you the perfect combination of flavors.

Don’t forget to make Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork to go with it. I promise you are going to love the flavors of the sweet and spice together.

Why You’ll Love Spicy Coleslaw

  • It’s easy and only takes 10 minutes to prep!
  • Tastes amazing
  • Pairs well with pulled pork and other barbecue recipes
  • Simple ingredients
  • Creamy with a touch of spice

Ingredients for Jalapeno Slaw

  • Green cabbage
  • Purple cabbage
  • Shredded carrots
  • Jalapenos

For the spicy coleslaw dressing

  • Mayonnaise
  • Spicy mustard
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper
  • Cumin

How To Make Spicy Slaw

Step 1: Prep the veggies

Thinly slice the cabbage, shred the carrots, and dice the jalapenos. Place everything in a medium sized bowl.

Step 2: Prepare the coleslaw dressing

Combine the apple cider vinegar, mayonnaise, spicy mustard, sugar, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and cumin in a small bowl. Whisk until combined.

Step 3: Add the dressing

Pour the dressing on top of the veggies. Stir well until all of the coleslaw is coated. Serve and enjoy!

steps for making spicy slaw
Easy to follow steps!

Expert Tips

  • Save time! If you are in a crunch for time, use pre-shredded carrots and bagged cabbage. Then you’ll simply dump and go!
  • Make slices even. It’s so important to cut the cabbage, carrots and jalapenos into similar sized pieces. It will be much easier to eat and gives it a more uniform taste.
  • Add more heat. To give it even more heat, double the cayenne pepper and add a dash of red pepper flakes. Be sure to add a little bit at a time, so it doesn’t become overwhelming.
  • Herbs are nice. Feel free to chop up some fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley, or oregano to add even more refreshing flavors.
  • Add mix-ins! In the mood for some extra flavor? Go ahead and add some cranberries, sunflower seeds, or even a drizzle of lemon or lime juice!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does homemade coleslaw last?

This spicy coleslaw recipe will last 2-3 days in the refrigerator. It needs to be kept in a sealed container that is airtight. After the second day, it will begin to lose its crunch and may not be as appealing to some people.

Can I make coleslaw for a crowd?

Yes, absolutely! This recipe makes enough for 4-8 depending on how big you make the servings. Simple double or even triple the jalapeno slaw for a crowd.

close up of spicy coleslaw in a bowl

Spicy Coleslaw Recipe

This Spicy Coleslaw recipe is made with fresh green and purple cabbage, jalapenos, shredded carrots, and is coated in a homemade creamy dressing.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coleslaw, jalapeno slaw, spicy coleslaw
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 303kcal


  • 2 cups green cabbage
  • 2 cups purple cabbage
  • 1 cup carrots shredded
  • 2 medium jalapenos diced

Spicy Coleslaw Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup spicy mustard
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin


  • Shred the carrots, green cabbage, and purple cabbage. Clean, remove the seeds, and dice the jalapenos. Place in a medium sized bowl.
  • Prepare the coleslaw dressing by combining the apple cider vinegar, mayo, mustard, sugar, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, and cumin in a bowl.
  • Add the dressing to the vegetables and stir well. Serve and enjoy!


Add your favorite mix-ins like cranberries, sunflower seeds, or lime juice for more flavor.


Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 4071IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg