Southwest Cabbage Slaw

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What makes this a Southwest slaw? The combination of sour cream, pickled chile peppers, salsa, cilantro, and cumin. With this flavor punch, you might not be able to enjoy regular slaw again! This is excellent with chicken, turkey, pork, and steak.

NotesMake it a meal kit: Slaws tend to get better with age (since the flavors have a chance to blend), so feel free to make this side dish in advance and store in a sealable container or plastic bag for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Have it your way: You can substitute an equal amount of broccoli slaw for the cole slaw if desired.


Preparation Time10 min

Preparation Time - Text10 minutes



Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Courseside dish

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Texturecreamy, crunchy, spiced

Type of Dishsalad, vegetable


  • 2 cups shredded cole slaw mix (cabbage and carrots)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sliced pickled jalapeno chile peppers
  • ¼ cup prepared salsa
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine.


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