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Smoky Summer Slaw

June 20, 2018 (Last updated July 2, 2023) · Nicole Triebe
Smoky Summer Slaw | This coleslaw is loaded with smoky chipotle flavors and is perfect for any cookout or BBQ. It pairs well with fajitas, burgers, and so many other dishes!
This smoky summer slaw is the perfect union of the smoky flavors of chipotle peppers and a creamy coleslaw! This spicy side dish recipe is packed with flavor and perfect for summer BBQ!

You all know that everyone here at the Windy City Dinner Fairy household is a big fan of all foods south of the border.  So summer I’ve decided to create something delicious with those unique flavors. A cool, creamy, and crunchy coleslaw is hard to resist, but add some bold flavors and spice and you really have something that is crave-worthy.

This smoky slaw is the perfect amount of spice and sweetness for your upcoming BBQ! Sir Kensington came out with the most delicious Chipotle Mayo which makes a perfect addition to this smoky summer slaw.  It’s got a nice kick which makes this slaw so much more delicious. As you know, all of Sir Kensington’s condiments are non-GMO, and they use Humane Certified Free Range Eggs, so you can feel good about what you’re eating, too!

Pair this smoky summer slaw with a big juicy burger or hot dog! The possibilities are endless! Actually now that I think of it, this would be a perfect burger topper!  Throw some avocado on top and you’re all set.  Now I’m hungry.

Okay, back to the recipe!

I grilled my corn for this smoky summer slaw, but you’re more than welcome to use frozen corn if you’re in a time crunch.  The rest of the salad has enough smoky flavor you won’t miss it if you don’t use the grill.  Additionally, I used a pre-made coleslaw mix for convenience, but you can absolutely shred your own cabbage.  I added additional red cabbage for an extra pop of color and crunch.  It’s all about how much time you have and effort you want to make!

I know when I’m preparing for friends to come over, convenience is everything.  You have to make sure the house is all in order on top of preparing all of your food, so take those shortcuts! No one has to know!

So what are your plans this summer? Are you planning your own BBQs? What patios will you be sipping your cocktails on? Let me know! I can’t wait for all this fun in the hot Chicago sun!

If you loved this recipe, check out my quinoa black bean and avocado salad or my aged cheddar dutch baby with heirloom tomato salad 

Smoky Summer Slaw | This coleslaw is loaded with smoky chipotle flavors and is perfect for any cookout or BBQ. It pairs well with fajitas, burgers, and so many other dishes!

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Smoky Summer Slaw

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  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10-15 1x



1 14 oz. bag coleslaw mix

1/2 c. red pepper diced

1 15 can black beans rinsed and drained

1/2 c. grilled corn

1/2 c. minced cilantro

1 jalapeno seeds removed and finely diced

1 c. Sir Kensington’s Chipotle Mayo

2 Tbsp. lime juice


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine coleslaw mix, red pepper, black beans, grilled corn, cilantro, and jalapeño.
  2. In a separate small bowl, combine Sir Kensington’s Chipotle Mayo and lime juice.
  3. Add mayo mixture to coleslaw mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Garnish with additional cilantro. 

This post is sponsored by Sir Kensington’s, but as always, opinions are my own.

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  • Reply camila June 21, 2018 at 3:51 am

    Pinned!!! These flavors are way too delicious!!! This slaw is so up my alley, girl!! I could eat this all day. I can imagine this in a delicious taco!! YUM!!

    • Reply Nicole Triebe June 21, 2018 at 12:33 pm

      I’ve been eating it for two days straight! Can’t get enough 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Remya June 30, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Yummy and flavorful summer slaw!

  • Reply Britt | Sweet Tea and Thyme June 30, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Yummmm! This will be perfect for my 4th of July party!

  • Reply Kristine July 1, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Ooh yummy! What a great looking slaw for summer! I’m pinning this for our next BBQ, thanks!

  • Reply Sara | Belly Rumbles July 1, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Give me a salad or slaw with corn in it, and you have won me over! This is the perfect slaw for summer barbeques.

    • Reply Nicole Triebe July 2, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      Right? So yummy! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Jill July 1, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    This looks and sounds like such a great recipe. I am a big fan of smoky flavors!

    • Reply Nicole Triebe July 2, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      Sir Kensington’s is the best! Thanks for stopping by!

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