Tried and True Firecracker Slaw Crushes Your Potluck Competition

Karen Patten

I live where summer sizzles and potlucks are plentiful. So when it’s time to head to the lake, the pool, or a friend’s house, I need a quick, easy, and healthy recipe at hand that everyone can enjoy. This firecracker slaw is perfect! I can make it and get on with the summer fun.

Firecracker Slaw

This firecracker slaw is a great side for grilled pork chops!

If you’ve checked out any of my other recipes, you know that I like things that can’t be easily “messed up.” This firecracker slaw fits the bill. I also like recipes that don’t require a lot of precision – like my family’s favorite muffins. This firecracker slaw fits the bill. I like recipes that can be played with to make them unique enough to suit anyone’s taste. Yep! Firecracker slaw can do that too; you can even make it less firey for the kiddos!

Firecracker Slaw Tips & Tricks

I have a couple tricks up my sleeve that make this recipe even faster and easier. How many times have you made a recipe that calls for 1t of chopped chilies in adobo? But you can only buy them in a whole can! It used to make me crazy and cause so much waste. So, now, when I open a can, I chop the entire can of chilies with sauce and I add one tablespoon at a time into an icecube tray and freeze them. Once they are frozen, I remove them and keep them in the freezer  in an airtight container. Then I just pull out a cube each time I need it and they defrost quickly!

I do the same with fresh lime juice. I juice a lot of limes at the same time and freeze the juice in ice cube trays. Then I have real lime juice any time I need it!

This firecracker slaw is perfect as a side dish; we love it with grilled pork chops! But I love it because it’s also great the next day on any kind of tacos – especially fish tacos! It’s great on burgers or hot dogs. But, my personal favorite way is to use your favorite taco meat as a topping for a big bowl of this firecracker slaw. It sounds weird, but it’s really just a simple taco without the shell – making it low carb and gluten free.

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