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Homemade Pickled Jalapeño's: A Spicy Delight for Every Palate

jar of pickled jalapenos
Pickled jalapenos

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If you're a fan of spicy flavors and crave the tangy goodness of pickles, then homemade pickled jalapeños are a must-try culinary adventure. Bursting with vibrant heat and a hint of sweetness, these spicy peppers can elevate any dish or be enjoyed straight from the jar. With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of patience, you can create your own irresistible batch of pickled jalapeños. Let's dive into the recipe and get ready to savor the fiery delight!


  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup vinegar of choice (white or white wine vinegar)

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • Pepper, to taste

  • 5 jalapeños, sliced and seeds strained (for milder heat, leave some seeds)

  • 3-4 whole garlic cloves

  • Optional: additional ingredients like onion slices, carrot strips, mini bell peppers, or herbs for added flavor and variety

  • Jars we use-


  1. Prepare the Pickling Liquid: In a saucepan or pot, combine 1 cup of water, 1 cup of vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of salt, and a dash of pepper. Stir the mixture until the ingredients are well incorporated.

  2. Heat and Boil the Pickling Liquid: Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Allow it to boil for a few minutes until all the ingredients are thoroughly dissolved and blended together.

  3. Prepare the Jalapeños: While the pickling liquid is heating, prepare the jalapeños. Slice the jalapeños into rounds or strips, and if you prefer a milder flavor, strain out the seeds. However, if you enjoy extra spiciness, feel free to leave some or all of the seeds intact.

  4. Assemble the Jar: Take a clean canning jar of your choice and add the sliced jalapeños and 3-4 whole garlic cloves. This is your chance to get creative – feel free to add other ingredients like onion slices, carrot strips, or herbs to personalize the flavor profile.

  5. Pour the Pickling Liquid: Carefully pour it over the jalapeños in the jar once the pickling liquid is hot and well incorporated. Ensure the liquid covers the jalapeños completely, leaving a small headspace at the top.

  6. Let it Cool and Refrigerate: Allow the jar to sit for about 10 minutes or until the pickling liquid has cooled down. Then, seal the jar tightly and place it in the refrigerator.

  7. Patience is Key: While you can enjoy your pickled jalapeños after an hour, their flavors will continue to develop and intensify. For the best taste, allow the jalapeños to pickle in the refrigerator for at least a day or two before indulging in their tangy heat. The longer they sit, the more delicious they become!

  8. Enjoy in a Variety of Ways: Your homemade pickled jalapeños are ready to be savored. Add them to sandwiches, tacos, nachos, burgers, salads, or any other dish that could use a fiery kick. The possibilities are endless!

Congratulations on creating your own batch of pickled jalapeños! With their perfect balance of heat, sweetness, and tang, these homemade delights will spice up your meals and tantalize your taste buds. Remember, the flavors will deepen as time passes, resulting in an even more irresistible treat. Get ready to enjoy the vibrant and zesty world of homemade pickled jalapenos – a culinary adventure that's worth every bite!


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