Tangy Tex-Mex Bell Pepper Slaw

Try this colorful, mayo-free Tex-Mex slaw as a side dish for your next BBQ, or a crunchy topping for sandwiches!

Tangy Tex-Mex Bell Pepper Slaw – This colorful, mayo-free slaw is a perfect BBQ side, or fresh topping for sandwiches! | thecomfortofcooking.com

Last night, I had the amazing privilege of meeting some of my favorite blogger friends at a dessert and cocktails party in Austin! They’re all in town for the big BlogHer Food convention, which is kicking off its first day today. I’m attending this year, since it’s just down the block, and am so excited for everything I’ll learn, all the delicious food I’ll munch on, and the many more talented, inspiring people I’ll meet!

So, what better recipe to kick off the weekend than with a colorful, vibrant Texas slaw! This wonderful state welcomed us with open arms two years ago (this week!), and I hope everyone visiting this weekend feels right at home in Austin like we did.

Tangy Tex-Mex Bell Pepper Slaw – This colorful, mayo-free slaw is a perfect BBQ side, or fresh topping for sandwiches! | thecomfortofcooking.com

This is one of my favorite slaws to make in the summertime. It’s citrusy and a little zippy, with a kick of color and just the right amount of tang! As a scrumptious side or topping for sandwiches and burgers, it’s a must-make for your warm weather barbecues. The light, easy vinegar and olive oil dressing coats the slaw perfectly and really compliments fish, chicken or even steak! You’ll just love it.

I’ll be playing the part of professional eater, note-taker, hand-shaker and shutterbug this weekend, and I can’t wait! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and stay cool in the summer heat. And, if you’ll also be at BlogHer Food, here’s hopin’ we get to meet (and eat)!

Tangy Tex-Mex Bell Pepper Slaw

Tangy Tex-Mex Bell Pepper Slaw

Yield: 4 cups


For dressing:

  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • Juice from 1 fresh lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For slaw:

  • 2 cups thinly sliced white cabbage
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper, deseeded and minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the dressing. Add slaw ingredients to the bowl and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and chill 1 hour before serving, tossing occasionally. Stir in cilantro just before serving.
  2. Enjoy!

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  1. I love the bright colors and textures of your slaw (and the fact that it’s mayo free!).

  2. This slaw sounds so delicious Georgia, so bright and fresh and full of flavour!

  3. Wow, girl! Your slaw is beautiful! I’m just smitten with the way you have styled it. Love the pretty rimmed wooden salad bowl, too. Fabulous idea to make this slaw tangy with the citrus and vinegar as well as a little heat from the pepper in the dressing. And, I just adore cilantro. Perfection!

  4. Nothing better than slaws in the Texas heat, and I love the flavors in this one! I could just have this on its own for lunch! Have a blast this weekend! xo

  5. Have fun this weekend! Can’t wait to hear/see/read all about it!

    And I am loving this slaw! There couldn’t possibly be a better summer dish to be eating right now!

  6. Have so much fun this weekend!! Wish I was there meeting you all!!

    I love this slaw, pepper are on of my very favorite veggies and tex-mex anything is always at the top of my food groups!

  7. Now this is a slaw, wow such great flavors!

  8. Bright and colorful.. Looks gorgeous!

  9. Yes! What a colorful bowl to bring to the summer table! This looks so lovely, Georgia. I don’t like peppers…but Ryan adores them. I wish I liked them more. They are so good for you! But I will be a good wife and make this for him in the near future. And I’m sure our friends would side with them. How could they not!?

  10. So excited to read about your experience at BlogHer this year! I’ve only been blogging for a year, but I might want to try to go next year. Any advice for getting to know bloggers in advance so it wouldn’t just be me going by myself?

    Also this slaw looks delicious!

  11. This is so pretty and sounds SO good!! I love coleslaw, but I am REALLY loving your unique changes. I cannot wait to try this :).

  12. Hey Sara, thanks! Don’t be afraid to go in alone – I came knowing no one! You can reach out to people (through comments, emails) who you think might be going next year and develop a bit of a relationship in advance. But everyone’s really friendly and it’s easy to meet fellow bloggers and sponsors there, if you’re open minded! :)

  13. Yum, this looks awesome! Have a fabulous time at BlogHer Food!! :)

  14. This looks so crunchy and appetizing, Georgia. A perfect summer slaw.

  15. 5 stars
    I love this tex-mex slaw! Hope you are having a great time at the conference!

  16. Have a great time at BHF! And what a great way to start off the weekend – I need more veggies in my life!

  17. 5 stars
    This is so vibrant and beautiful!

  18. What a super delicious colourful slaw :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. I’m sure you are having a great time at Blogher! Hope to make it to this conference someday :)

    Love the twist on slaw with this delicious and colorful use of bell pepper! Yum!

  20. Love this! All the colours alone make me smile and think of summer and sunshine! First tiem here, loving the photos and gorgeous styling :) lovely work all round. can’t wait to try this tex-mex slaw for my next bbq!

  21. I’m in Austin too! I’m bummed I didn’t run into you at BlogHer Food! Maybe I’ll see you at an Austin Food Bloggers Alliance meeting!

  22. 5 stars
    such a unique recipe Georgia, would never think of making slaw. so colorful and springy.

  23. Hey Katie! We did actually meet, but it was in a big group and we didn’t get to chat much! Thanks for letting me know about the AFBA, I just applied. Hope to see you there, or I’d love to get coffee sometime if you’re up for it! :)

  24. I hope you had a good time at the conference and will talk about it on your blog! It’ll be nice if I can meet you one day… :) I love this slaw with lots of summer colors and I can eat the entire bowl of slaw happily! Pinned :)

  25. Wish I could have made it this year to BlogHer Food! This slaw is absolutely gorgeous – love how bright and colorful it is!

  26. What a pretty pretty slaw! I’m in love with these colors!

  27. 5 stars
    This is so beautiful! It definitely will be something I try soon. Enjoy the conference!

  28. I need a fun new slaw for July 4th and this looks perfect!

  29. 5 stars
    Despite the fact that it is February in the Northeast, and I just shoveled close to one foot of snow for two hours, I was in the mood for something light and refreshing to go with my indoor BBQ Chicken (yes I am thinking Summer!) and this was the perfect side.

    I made some minor changes: I omitted the Jalapeno from the slaw because I didn’t have any fresh on hand, but I added ½ teaspoon of Penzey’s Crushed Jalapeno to the dressing to get the heat and flavor. I used all red bell pepper instead of red/yellow combo, again because it was what I had on hand. I added two sliced scallions that needed to be used sooner than later.

    I always let my dressings sit for 30 minutes to let the flavors marry and then adjust if needed. This did not need any adjustments.

    Fantastic, and I can’t wait to enjoy it when it really is Summer.

  30. Jeff Heiskell says:

    Fantastic recipe. And so colorful!

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