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How To Make Pickled Jalapeños

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Pickled jalapenos are a great way to add some spice to your food. If you’re a fan of spicy food, then you’ve probably had your fair share of jalapeno peppers. But did you know that you can pickle them yourself at home?

Jar of pickled jalapenos.

Pickling jalapenos is a great way to preserve them so that you can enjoy their flavor all year round. Plus, it’s really easy to do and they are made with simple, natural ingredients that you can get at your local grocery store.

Let’s take a quick look at how to make them.

Ingredients

The ingredient list is pretty simple:

  • 1 ¼  cups water
  • 1 ¼  cups white distilled vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 whole garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 6 – 9 fresh jalapenos
Jalapenos, sugar, salt, vinegar, garlic, and water.

Instructions

Here’s how to pickle jalapenos in just a few simple steps.

1. Start by washing the jalapenos and cutting off the stems. Then, slice them into thin rounds. (These rounds are sometimes referred to as “coins.”)

Sliced jalapeno on a cutting board.

2. Combine water, vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt, and jalapeno slices in a medium pot. Cook on medium-high heat until the sugar and salt have dissolved.

3. Once the mixture comes to a boil, remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for 30 minutes.

Pickled jalapenos in a pot.

4. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, place the jalapenos in a Mason jar. Pour vinegar brine over the jalapenos and place a lid on the jar.

5. Refrigerate the pickled jalapenos.

Two jars of pickled jalapenos.

Recipe Notes

Jalapenos are naturally “hot.” In fact, they usually fall in the range of 2,000 to 8,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). For reference, bell peppers are ZERO on the scale and serrano peppers range from 8,000 – 22,000 units.

It is not a bad idea to put on some gloves to protect your hands. If you opt not to wear gloves, be sure to wash your hands after handling them before you touch anything else. (If not, you might be surprised at how often you touch your eyes and face without being aware.)

To minimize the heat just a bit, remove the seeds before processing.

You can add a couple of tablespoons of sugar to the pickling brine to add extra sweetness to the pickled jalapenos.

What To Serve With Pickled Jalapenos

Pickled jalapenos are like a condiment and enhance other foods that they are served with, like Shrimp Tacos, Mexican Street Corn Salad, and Huevos Rancheros.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do pickled jalapeños get milder?

With time, the pickled jalapenos do start to become milder.

How long can pickled jalapeños last?

Because these are quick-pickled, they are best consumed within 2 months. If you want to preserve jalapenos for longer than that, you need to “can” them.

For directions on how to process them using a water bath, check out the Step by Step Guide To Canning Jalapenos by Homesteading.com.

Jars of pickled jalapenos.
Jar of pickled jalapenos.

Easy Pickled Jalapenos

Lynda – Southern Kissed
This simple, easy-to-follow recipe will show you how to make Pickled Jalapenos at home with just a few simple ingredients. So get ready to enjoy the spicy flavor of pickled jalapenos all year round!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 Batch
Calories 275 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 ¼ cups white distilled vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 whole garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 6 – 9 fresh jalapenos

Instructions
 

  • Washing the jalapenos and cut off the stems. Slice jalapenos into thin rounds.
  • Combine water, vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt, and jalapeno slices in a medium pot.  Cook on medium-high heat until the sugar and salt have dissolved.
  • Once the mixture comes to a boil, remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon or tongs, place the jalapenos in a Mason jar.  Pour vinegar brine over the jalapenos and place a lid on the jar.
  • Refrigerate the pickled jalapenos.

Notes

Nutrition information is a rough estimate and is for the entire batch including the brine.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 275kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 7006mgPotassium: 577mgFiber: 6gSugar: 45gVitamin A: 2265IUVitamin C: 253mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 1mg
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Jars of pickled jalapenos.

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