Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw – Barefeet in the Kitchen

Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw is a kicked-up version of our Memphis Coleslaw with a hint of heat from hot sauce and a barely wet dressing.

Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw

Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw

Homemade coleslaw can be found in my refrigerator at any time. It is the easiest side ever to make and it goes with quite literally everything.

This simple made-from-scratch dressing is super simple to create from items you probably have on hand. The hot sauce brings just the right amount of heat, and that can be adjusted to your preference.

Coleslaw travels well when kept cold and a little bit goes a long way when feeding a crowd. If coleslaw bores you at times, give this recipe a try. Trust me when I say this sweet and spicy version is always a hit!

To me, celery seeds are a must for a coleslaw dressing, bringing just the right earthy bitterness to contrast the sweet and spicy dressing. While apple cider vinegar is my preference in slaws, this is a time where you could use regular vinegar if that is what you have in the pantry.

Fresh cabbage or the bag mix of slaw will work well for sweet and spicy coleslaw. I do laugh at comments I get saying, “It’s not homemade, you used slaw mix and didn’t shred your own cabbage.” Yes, yes I did use pre-shredded, and it works great!

This coleslaw pairs really well with Slow Cooker Mexican Baked Beans and Mexican Pulled Pork.

For a southwestern spin on a southern classic, stack all three for Barbecue Sundaes. My family gives this coleslaw two thumbs up and I barely managed to save a spoonful for my lunch the following day.


Spicy Coleslaw

The ingredients for the coleslaw include:

  • mayonnaise
  • sugar
  • dijon mustard
  • apple cider vinegar
  • Cholula hot sauce
  • celery seeds
  • granulated onion powder
  • kosher salt
  • coleslaw mix or 1/2 head of finely grated cabbage
Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw

Southwest Coleslaw

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together everything except the cabbage. Add the shredded cabbage and toss until well coated.
  2. Refrigerate for an hour before serving. Toss again right before serving. (I like to use these tongs to toss again right before serving.)

A bit of time chilling will give the sugar time to dissolve and meld with the hot sauce for the sweet and spicy flavor you are looking for.

Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw

Coleslaw Recipes

I do love southern-style coleslaw but if I am being honest, sometimes it is just not what I’m craving. I love to amp it up and create more flavors with sweetness and heat.

For another sweet and spicy slaw combo, check out this Sweet and Spicy Apple Coleslaw. That apple slaw gets rave reviews every single time I take it anywhere.

This Sriracha Coleslaw (for an unexpected spicy twist) and this Spicy Cabbage (for a lighter side dish perfect for tacos and snacking) are both winners.

I’m looking forward to trying Caribbean Coleslaw by A Spicy Perspective and Bacon Bleu Cheese Coleslaw by Taste and Tell later this summer as well.

You might also like this Sweet and Tangy Broccoli Slaw for a different take on a slaw recipe. We love traditional coleslaws with cabbage but sometimes it’s nice to mix it up!

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Servings: 8 servings

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  • In a large bowl, whisk together everything except the cabbage. Add the shredded cabbage and toss until well coated.

  • Refrigerate for an hour before serving. Toss again right before serving.

Calories: 156kcal · Carbohydrates: 7g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 14g · Saturated Fat: 2g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g · Monounsaturated Fat: 3g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 8mg · Sodium: 349mg · Potassium: 112mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 5g · Vitamin A: 72IU · Vitamin C: 22mg · Calcium: 31mg · Iron: 1mg

Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw

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