Texas Coleslaw

Although I’ve come to appreciate a good coleslaw, the rest of my family, including my husband, has no interest.  On the rare occasion that we eat at a barbecue or fish place that offers it with their combo meals, he asks for “double fries, instead.”  So yeah, I don’t make coleslaw and he doesn’t eat it.

Until now.

A good friend introduced us to this Texas Coleslaw last week.  So yummy, even my coleslaw-hating hubby approved!  I may have to host a cookout this week just so we can eat it again.  😉


Texas Coleslaw

  • 8 cups shredded cabbage (green, purple, a combination of each, or go easy and buy the pre-shredded bag)
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons diced green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 (11 ounce) can mexicorn
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


In a large bowl, mix cabbage, onion, chilies, cilantro, mexicorn, and cheddar cheese.  In a small bowl, blend ranch dressing, lime juice, and cumin.  Pour dressing over cabbage mixture.  Stir until well blended.  Refrigerate until serving.




I totally think it’s the ranch dressing and cumin that make this a winner.  How do you like your coleslaw?  (Or are you a hater, like my hubby?)  And by the way, why is it called Texas coleslaw?  Anyone know?




  1. This sounds delicious. They make a very similar slaw at the mexican restaurant in our town and it is so different and refreshing! I love any type of coleslaw. My husband hates it too, so I never make it either. In NC they top pork BBQ with it – yum!

  2. My husband is not a fan either but he will eat it on a burger or something. I prefer to make my slaw with broccoli to up the nutrition.

    Here is my recipe: http://thedollarholleringhomemaker.blogspot.com/2011/07/broccoli-slaw.html

  3. Lisa@Blessedwithgrace says:

    Wow! This Texas girl never had this before! I can’t wait to try it. Yum!

    • I’m guessing it’s the green chilies and cumin that make it “Texas” but I really have no idea. I just know it’s GOOD STUFF! 🙂 Let me know what you think of it!

  4. Ahem. This Southern girl doth protest that the only acceptable coleslaw is Grandma’s, made the following way:
    1 head coleslaw, shredded (very key shredding method, hard to describe, much easier to show)
    18 oz jar of Hellmans. No substitutions allowed.
    Some sugar.
    Some apple cider vinegar.
    Some milk.
    Mix. Taste. Adjust as needed. You know when it’s right.

    I’m so glad my Grandma showed my sister and my aunt how to make it before she passed away.

    • Ah, yes. THAT’S the stuff that people usually make around here, and my husband won’t touch. LOL I can handle it in small amounts, though, but only recently. (My tastebuds seem to be changing…)

  5. I am the “coleslaw hater” in our house, but I am definitely trying this one! By beef with the traditional kind is the sugar in the dressing, this one sounds amazing.

  6. We are not cole slaw fans. I just prefer to get my veggies and fats in different ways. 😉 (I don’t order double fries, though– little G. is happy to eat anything that resembles a fruit or veggie!)

  7. It looks wonderfully tasty! I’ve never heard of it before, most Texans eat coleslaw the way the other Molly described, with just mayo, sugar, and vinegar. Occasionally it will have shredded carrots in it. I love most coleslaws but now and then there will be one that is waaay too sweet or too something. This one is going on my menu for the weekend, I love all the flavors listed!


  8. You had me at ranch dressing! (I’m not a mayo fan, hence not a coleslaw fan). I’m going to give this a try this weekend–thanks!

  9. I’m a double fries kind of gal myself. I’ve never liked coleslaw (or potato salad — even though they aren’t the same, they’re always lumped together in my brain). My plate is awfully empty at food gatherings. 🙂

  10. Bet it is because of the Tex-Mex Mexicorn and green chilies. And yes, the cumin for even more Mexi-flare!! A proud Texan from birth and from many Texan generations!!

  11. celina boulanger says:

    i’ll have to try it..

    ours is with cabbage, carrots, red onion, sometimes celery

    miracle whip, bread and butter pickle juice, lots of red chili pepper flakes…same dressing as my pasta salad….

  12. Amanda Y. says:

    Definitely a coleslaw hater here. This recipe sounds better than the normal but its still called colseslaw so unappetizing lol!

  13. Jennifer Young says:

    Oh YUM! We love cole slaw, and this version looks wonderful. I’m going to give it a try!

  14. Melanie says:

    As a Texas girl, I’d say that it’s because of the Tex-Mex ingredients that it’s called Texas Coleslaw. Also “Ranch” anything can also be thought of as Texan… Anxious to try this though, the ONLY coleslaw I like is one that my Mom adjusted to make it taste very similar to KFC coleslaw – the only coleslaw I liked before my Mom made adjustments. 🙂

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