Taco Kraut

A jar of taco kraut with a piece of flatbread
Prep Time: 
3 weeks fermentation time
Number of Servings: 
Makes 2 quarts (Serves 16)
Recipe Source: 
Traditionally Fermented Foods by Shannon Stronger ($21.95, Page Street Publishing, 2017)


  • 2 medium heads cabbage, shredded finely
  • 2 cups packed, rough-chopped cilantro
  • 3 Tbsp sea salt
  • 8 green onions, diced
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
  • 6 large garlic cloves, minced


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well with hands to combine.
  2. Pound cabbage with a mallet or potato masher to release juices. Alternatively, allow to sit, covered, for 1 hour to allow juices to be released.
  3. Prepare to ferment:
    1. Pack cabbage mixture and its juices tightly into 1 half-gallon-size jar or 2 quart-size jars with screw-on lids, leaving at least 2 inches of headspace.
    2. Add the fermentation weight of your choosing (ceramic or glass disks used for fermenting can be purchased).
    3. Check that brine is above level of fermentation weight. If it’s not:
      1. Mix 1 cup of water with 1 12 teaspoons of salt.
      2. Pour this brine into jar until fermentation weight is completely covered.
    4. Cover jars with lids.
  4. Fermentation:
    1. Place at cool room temperature (60° to 80°F, optimally) and allow to ferment for at least 3 weeks.
    2. During the first 5 to 7 days, burp jars by quickly opening them to release the built-up gases that result from fermentation. To do so:
      1. Carefully and quickly open jar, listen for release of gas.
      2. Close jar back up with just a bit of the gases still remaining inside.
  5. After 3 weeks, kraut is ready to use or move to cold storage such as in a root cellar, basement, or unheated room. Use within 6 to 12 months.


  • This ferment is great on tacos of all kinds, but also works well with beans, salads, and quesadillas, and alongside stir-fries.
Nutrition Info: 
34 Calories, 2 g Protein, 8 g Carbohydrates, 3 g Fiber, 306 mg Sodium, ★★★★★ Vitamin C, K, Vitamin B6


Shannon Stronger

Shannon Stonger is the founder of Nourishing Days and a writer for Cultures for Health. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry. Shannon and her family have lived on an off-grid homestead since 2011. She lives in Santa Anna, Texas.