Candied Jalapenos

This post was originally published on May 23rd, 2010. It remains one of the most popular recipes from Foodie with Family. Try it out and find out why.

Candied Jalapeños. Ah. There’s a story here. Once upon a time, my friend Katie casually mentioned eating a sandwich made with Candied Jalapeños. She was singing the praises of what she described as an addictive jar of goodies. Then she said the magic words, “I wish I could figure out how to make these at home.” By this point, you know me enough to know what affect that statement has on me, right?  I quizzed her on the texture, flavor, and appearance of the jalapeno rings. I begged for photographs. I had her send me a picture of the ingredient list on the label. I asked her to describe the flavor to the very best of her food blogging abilities. She was game. She provided all the information.

Easy canning project Candied Jalapenos from

After carefully examining close to thirty recipes on Candied Jalapeños, also known as cowboy candy (who KNEW there were so many people candying jalapenos?) I called my local Cooperative Extension office to pick the brain of their home food preservation specialists. Since jalapeños are a low-acid food, some precautions need to be taken when canning them. You have two choices for safely canning peppers of any kind; you can pressure can them or you can acidify (i.e. add vinegar, lemon juice, etc…) the liquid in which you pack the peck of pickled peppers.

Candied Jalapenos on cream cheese and crackers from

I opted for acidifying the pepper liquid because I wanted to maintain some of the texture of the peppers through the process because pressure canning Candied Jalapeños would turn them to flavorful mush.  The result was gobsmackingly, head-spinningly, brain-addlingly delicious.  Sweet, spicy and savory, Candied Jalapeño rings are way too easy to eat on just about everything.  I’ve stashed them in sandwiches, chopped them up on baked beans, tucked them into tacos, used the syrup to brush meat on the grill, perched a couple rings on top of a cream cheese laden cracker and all sorts of other evil things.

Candied Jalapenos on cream cheese and crackers from

For such a simple thing to can, these pack tons of flavor.  You’re going to want to make as many of these as you possibly can simultaneously, because once that first jar is cracked open you’re not going to be able to stop eating them.  And I mean it. I am not kidding with you when I say that I barter with jars of these for valuable goods. Candied Jalapeños have fed my fine pottery addiction because my favourite local potter is as Candied Jalapeño fixated as I am with her pottery.

Like cowboy candy, Candied Jalapenos are sweet, spicy, and crunchy from

Cook’s Notes:

  • Hate canning? Afraid of canning? For those of you who may be freaking out slightly or massively over the idea of canning, rest easy. You can follow all of the instructions up to the actually canning portion, then stash the jars in the refrigerator for up to three months. You get a year out of canning, but if an alternative is all that stands between you and making them, use your chill chest!
  • Wear gloves when working with the peppers. Not a wimp? Neither am I… but jalapeños have a notoriously wide range of heat on the Scoville scale.
  • Let’s address slicing the peppers, because we’re going to be going through 3 pounds, folks. The quickest, easiest way to do so is with a slicing blade on a food processor, standing the peppers on their ends in the feed chute. No food processor? Use a mandolin! No mandolin? Just take your time and slice by hand with a very sharp knife and gloved hands.
  • I’ve been asked many times whether you should discard the seeds. I don’t because we like them. Contrary to the old wives’ tales, seeds do not contain the heat of a pepper. The membrane inside the pepper packs the most punch. Since you’re not removing that, don’t sweat the seeds. Heh. Pepper humour.
  • Quite a few folks have asked WHEN exactly to start timing the boiling of the peppers. You begin timing them once the liquid has returned to a full rolling boil. As soon as it reaches a full rolling boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and let it simmer gently (gentle bubbles that blub up) for 4 minutes. To clarify further, you will not be boiling them HARD for 4 minutes, you will bring them to a boil then drop the heat and simmer.
  • Many, many people have asked me whether they messed up the recipe because their peppers look all shriveled after simmering them in the syrup, packing them in jars, and canning them. The short answer is no. The long answer is that you’re fine and they WILL look shriveled when you jar them up if you’ve simmered them properly. They will re-plump as they spend those 4 weeks of rest time in the jar between processing and opening.
  • Yes, I said 4 weeks. My husband has been known to crack a jar at the two week mark out of desperation for candied jalapenos, but he will absolutely agree with me that they improve immensely in flavour and texture when left to mellow for at least 4 weeks after processing. Try to be patient. You’ll be rewarded.
  • How to serve them? On cream cheese and crackers, obviously… On sandwiches, on salads, chopped up in dips, on taco soup, on tortilla soup, on tacos, on pizza… The sky is the limit. I kind of suspect my husband would eat them on breakfast cereal if he didn’t know I’d wonder about his sanity.

3 pounds of jalapenos sliced for Candied Jalapenos from

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4.8 from 43 reviews
Candied Jalapenos
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There aren't words that exist to describe how addictive these little savoury, sweet, spicy, crunchy, garlicky pickled jalapeno rounds are. Put them on sandwiches, tacos, rice or bake them into cornbread. You'll need more and more!
Recipe type: Canning, Condiment, Ingredient
Serves: 32
  • 3 pounds fresh, firm, jalapeno peppers, washed
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 6 cups white granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • 3 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  1. Wearing gloves, remove the stems from all of the jalapeno peppers. The easiest way to do this is to slice a small disc off of the stem-end along with the stem. Discard the stems.
  2. Slice the peppers into uniform ⅛-1/4 inch rounds. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot, bring cider vinegar, white sugar, turmeric, celery seed, granulated garlic and cayenne pepper to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the pepper slices and simmer for exactly 4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the peppers, loading into clean, sterile canning jars to within ¼ inch of the upper rim of the jar. Turn heat up under the pot with the syrup and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 6 minutes.
  4. Use a ladle to pour the boiling syrup into the jars over the jalapeno slices. Insert a cooking chopstick to the bottom of the jar two or three times to release any trapped pockets of air. Adjust the level of the syrup if necessary. Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean, damp paper towel and fix on new, two-piece lids to finger-tip tightness.
  5. *If you have leftover syrup, and it is likely that you will, you may can it in half-pint or pint jars, too. It’s wonderful brushed on meat on the grill or added to potato salad or, or, or… In short, don’t toss it out!
  6. Place jars in a canner, cover with water by 2-inches. Bring the water to a full rolling boil. When it reaches a full rolling boil, set the timer for 10 minutes for half-pints or 15 minutes for pints. When timer goes off, use canning tongs to transfer the jars to a cooling rack. Leave them to cool, undisturbed, for 24 hours. When fully cooled, wipe them with a clean, damp washcloth then label.
  7. Allow to mellow for at least two weeks, but preferably a month before eating. Or don’t. I won’t tell!
I know this sounds crazy, but double this recipe. People will beg you for jars of this and get surly if you say no. Just. Trust. Me.

 Originally posted May 23, 2010.


  1. says

    We could get great cowboy candy at a little farmer’s market outside Houston Texas. Now we have moved and I miss it!

    Thanks for this recipe. My Father in law always has an abundance of jalapenos in his garden and I can’t wait to snag some this summer for homemade Cowboy Candy.

    We usually eat them with just tortilla chips.

  2. Tony says

    I love these things. I have been addicted for a while. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I was wondering how to can them. I was wondering if the tumeric, granulated garlic, celery seed and cayenne are necessary? I am sure you have checked and this is the correct amount of vinegar to use? Also, where do I find the recipe for the rest of the sandwich?

    Thanks for your help.

  3. Debra Fordham says

    Hurry and post the rest of the recipes for this wonderful looking sandwich. Our mouths are watering!

  4. Debra says

    Made these a little over two weeks ago….couldn’t wait to try them. OMG! I could eat a whole jar with just a bite of cream cheese and wheat thin. Can’t wait to try them on a burger. Best find of the season! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Cinamongirl says

    Thanks for sharing! The jalapenos came out a bit tough. It took almost 10 minutes for the pot to start simmering again after I added the jalapenos I then let them simmer for the 4 minutes, am I doing this correctly? Incidentally the leftover syrup was fabulous on vanilla ice cream!

  6. says

    Couple of questions: #1 should these be stirred continually? #2 does allowing them to sit for a couple of weeks allow the heat to subside? #3 approximately how many jalapenos are in three pounds?


    • Rebecca says

      Hi Marlene- Constant stirring is unnecessary. I would say stirring frequently would do the job for you. Allowing them to sit for a couple of weeks does three things; first it allows the heat to subside just a wee bit, second it lets the flavors meld and round out and third, it lets the peppers plump back up a bit if they’ve gotten tough during the cooking process. And as for how many are in a pound? Usually about 20, but that depends on the size and age of the peppers. Happy candying!

      Cinnamongirl- They can get a little tough during the cooking process, but should plump back up while aging in the jars.

  7. says

    I tried these a couple of days ago and my syrup was really thick, and after processing I had about 1″ laying in the bottom of the jars. Is that normal?

  8. says

    Made these today – they’re setting up as we speak – I have a large “jelly” to pepper ratio, but they’ve already sealed and smell WONDERFUL!

    The pepper I bought were an array of colors – red, yellow, green and purple so they are BEAUTIFUL! Can’t wait to taste them :)

  9. Roland says

    I don’t want to seem overly paranoid, but are you absolutely sure that your recipe is sufficiently acidified to eliminate all botulism dangers? Also, do you think I could safely add a little dill to this delicious sounding concoction?

    • Rebecca says

      Roland- I am comfortable serving these jalapenos to my family including some who have compromised immunities. As far as absolutely certain? I used pure vinegar and sugar in the same amounts as the liquids called for in a Ball created recipe for hot pepper jelly. As there is no added water, there is no dilution to the vinegar, maintaining around 4-5% acidity in the syrup. I’d say it’s safe, but as with most things, exercise care. Store your jars with the rings off so that if there is spoilage in the jar, resulting gasses will pop the seal on the lid. If it smells funny, toss it. If it looks odd, discolored or hairy, pitch it. And I do think you could add dill. It would be an entirely different pickle! :-)

      • Lisa Adams says

        Always be sure to boil jars and rings for sterilization purposes. For the lids read the manufactures directions, some instruct to boil, others just to heat, and others there are no process required except washing.

        You can always check with your local county extension office for more information about canning, the best part is the information is FREE!

      • Rose says

        Also, keep in mind that there’s enough sugar in this recipe to retard bacterial growth, including that of C botulinum. Way more than enough. It’s not just acid that retards C. bot, salt and sugar can do the trick. That’s how beef jerky and jelly work.

  10. Susan says

    Absolutely wonderful! With my bumper crop of jalapenos, this is a big hit. I can’t imagine how good they would be if I was able to wait the two weeks.

  11. Amy says

    Thanks so much for the recipe and the enticing photos. I just made 4 half pints… tick tock… is it 2 weeks yet? Can’t wait to try it!

  12. getra says

    This is unbelievably delicious! Rebecca, thanks so very much for the recipe!
    I live in Russia, and finding candied jalapenos here is pretty challenging, you know :) But for some reason the moment I saw your recipe, I knew we’d love it. And so we did :)
    This sweet and spicy miracle of a homemade cowboy candy is just fabulous, while the process is soooo simple. I’m definitely doing more of it next year :)

    PS: I added some cloves to the second batch and it worked wonderful too :)

  13. Cindy Hill says

    I made these today – the only comment I have is that my syrup was very thin. I did the simmer for 5 minutes prior to putting the peppers in and after the peppers were removed, I did a hard boil for the full 6 minutes. Does it thicken up after waiting the 2 weeks? BTW, I used 3.5 pounds jalapenos and made 3 pints with a half pint extra. I just poured sypup over these and put in the refrigerator. I also have about a half pint of syrup left. (Didn’t have any 1/2 pint jars. Thanks so much for the recipe. I hate paying $8.00 bucks a jar for this when peppers are 69 cents lb. Hopefully we can wait the full two weeks.

  14. sherry says

    I tried making these tonight and am not sure I understand what needs to be done after the peppers are added to the syrup. I started the clock as soon as I added, but alot of the peppers still looked raw. So, I just left on until they all lost the bright green, raw look. Should the timer start once they peppers are added or after they start to simmer? If it is the latter, what is a simmer?

  15. Lindsy says

    I have a different recipe for this too!
    1 lg. jar jalapenos
    1. 4lb bag of sugar

    In a large bowl, layer the sugar and jalapenos(sugar, jalapenos, sugar..etc) and let sit for 24 hours. For the next 10 days, stir once a day.

    Can and refrigerate!! will make about 10 1/2 pint cans!

    We serve them on wheat thins w/ cream cheese. (They are pretty spicy)

  16. Cheryl says

    I just found this recipe in mid-January and made them. We started eating the jalapenos after about 3 weeks. These are so delicious that I am making my second batch right now!I’m so glad that I found your recipe, thanks for sharing it!

  17. Melonie says

    I made these as Christmas Gifts this year. My family LOVED them! They were such a hit, I’ve been requested to make more for all our family gatherings! you can count on me making this recipe several times a year now as they are a hit with everyone!

  18. says

    Hi, Rebecca – I have been wanting to make these forever, because our family eats these things in EVERYTHING and they are not cheap. However, I have a glass-top stove and can’t use a canner on it. (Canners are too heavy and not safe on glass-top ranges.) Do you have any tips on how I could make this recipe and preserve it without needing to use a canner? (I’m completely inexperienced to canning, and wanted to start until I found out I’d have to have a new stove to do it. haha) Thanks in advance!

  19. Tuggy says

    This recipe is OK, but if you have ever eaten the real thing(Cowboy Candy)from Shepherd, TX, you know what’s good. Buy them they are worth the money.

  20. says

    Hi Tuggy- I’ve never tried your product (I understand you’re a Senior Partner at the aforementioned company.) I’m sure it’s delicious, but I’m pretty fond of my candied jalapenos. I think they’re just about the best thing ever. :-)

  21. says

    I’m down to the last inch or so at the bottom of the very last jar and it’s only mid-May!!! It will be quite awhile before Jalapenos will be ready around here, but I know what is at the top of my canning list for this season!

  22. Luci says

    A friend let me try candied jalapenos from Bucees in Texas and I decided I had to try my hand at them. There are not words to describe how wonderful these are !! I took to a family/neighbor outing and was not allowed by family to add to the community table..they wanted it all to themselves.
    Only thing I found was I only got 5 half pints out of 3 lbs peppers. I have made it twice with same results???? Had LOTS of juice left over, though, so canned it also. I think next time I will use 5 pounds peppers and see what happens. I forsee Christmas presents here. Thanks for the recipe.

  23. Beverly says

    I’ve made this twice. The first time the syrup didn’t thicken. But i realized i didn’t cook it long enough. The second time i thought i cooked it long enough. Brought it to a hard rolling boil and then timed it. But it still isn’t thick. How thick is the syrup suppose to be? The jalapenos taste great! But, i want it to be “right”. Is there a certain look of the syrup i should be watching for during the boiling? Thanks for the help!

  24. GlennGirl says

    At our local Christmas show, this is called Cajun Crack. We love it and buy several jars each year and dole it out slowly until the next Christmas. This recipe is just as awesome as what we buy. I made some with hot banana peppers (that’s what our garden grows)and it is full of awesomeness as well! Thanks for the great recipe!

  25. Julie says

    A classmate gave me this receipe last year. We LOVE LOVE this recipe. As other have stated all of your friends will want jars. We even received a request to serve at our daughter’s wedding.

  26. says

    I just heard of candied jalapeno’s and immediately went on a search, and discovered your blog. First, I am absolutely in love with this sandwich and second, I can’t wait to make these jalapenos!!

  27. Benjamin says

    When referring to granulated garlic, is that garlic powder or garlic salt? Is there one form of garlic that is better to use than another? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Benjamin! When I say granulated garlic, I mean a dried garlic that is a coarser grind than garlic powder. It is definitely not a salt and if you can’t get granulated garlic (Frontier Herbs sells a great version) I would replace with fresh garlic. 1/4 of a teaspoon of granulated garlic is roughly equal to one clove of fresh garlic.

  28. Ginger says

    My family absolutly LOVES these!! Purchased the jalapenos at the local farmers market, it made 6 jars, turns out that is not nearly enough because they are so good on EVERYTHING! I ended up buying all of the peppers they had, made 38 pint jars…maybe that will last till next Summer??

  29. Joe says

    OK, have you ever found something you were looking for on the first try and soon discovered that not only was it what you were looking for but was “perfectly” what you were looking for. That has been happening to me with amazing regularity lately and this is one more example. I went searching for a dehydrated tomato, basil and garlic recipe and found exactly that here complete with directions to eat them directly from the jar which is what I had in mind from the beginning. At the bottom of that page I saw that “You (I) Might Also Like” Candied Jalapenos. Well as it happens I don’t just like jalapenos, I love them and I cant wait to make these and the perfect sandwich. (I will be adding bacon. Not gonna’ lie.) I will be spending a great deal of time looking this site over. Can’t wait to see what culinary treasures it holds. I will post a rating after I actually eat them but I’m betting it will be a 5 star.

  30. Sherry says

    I made these last year and passed them out in my Christmas baskets and everyone is asking if they can have these again. They are not only cowboy candy they are gold! I have made many jalapeno recipes and by far these are the best! Thank you for posting the recipe. I Love this recipe and only doubling in not even enough! This has become one of my favorite recipes to can.

  31. says

    Oh my goodness, I’m so glad to have found this recipe here! A couple of years ago we were fortunate to try something like these that someone else had made – pure deliciousness!!!! Thanks for the recipe, I’m so excited to make some and share with friends and family!

  32. Janet Brown says

    I was looking for a recipe that equalled the candied jalapeno that Applebees serves on it’s Southwestern Burger. My husband and daughter are head over heals for them. This one is an absolute success for both of them as well as my son, stepson, our friend Tom and anybody else who has tried them. Great recipe. Thank you.

  33. Mike Thompson says

    I have made these several times now and people are begging for the recipe. I love them and put them on everything. I almost cannot live without them.

  34. Shelley says

    I just finished making these for the first time…. and you mentioned that I would probably have juice left over…. but I actually ran out! I had to try and fit my last half-pint into the other jars. Did I do something wrong?

  35. Shelly B says

    So I have just recently fallen in love with your blog. I stumbled across it while scouring the internet for Claussen Kosher Dill taste-a-likes, and found way too many sublime things to not come back to it constantly.. . my printer is working harder than it has in quite some time! :-) Thanks for all the amazing stuff you share with us, and thanks for making me laugh out loud while I read your posts. . . this mommy is loving the comic relief! :-)

  36. Ginger says

    I made these and they are wonderful! I diced them and mixed them in cream cheese with a little of the syrup. A co-worker asked for the recipe and said she was going to use the syrup in martinis.

  37. Corinne says

    I have the same questions that a couple others do but I wasn’t able to find the answers.

    1. When I put the jalapeño slices into the syrup, it takes awhile for the syrup to start simmering again. Is that when I start timing for the 4 minutes?

    2. Is the syrup supposed to be thick?

    Thank you!

  38. says

    Made these tonight. Let my food processor do the chopping work, and those were a little thinner, so I only got 2 pints instead of 9 half-pints, but I had the exact right amount of syrup for the 9 half-pints which I promptly jarred and they’re canning right now.

    Thanks so much for such a wonderfully creative recipe and one that’s super easy for us not-so-homey peeps. ;o)

  39. Judy says

    Would it be suicidal to substitute habaneros for the jalapenos? I got the wrong kind at the farmer’s market yesterday, but the habaneros look gorgeous!

    • says

      If you like habaneros go for it! My husband would probably go nuts for it. I admit it’d be a bit too much heat-wise for me, but I’ll be interested to hear what you think if you try it.

      • Judy says

        It’s pretty hot, as you can imagine. But not inedible, as long as you go carefully with it! Wish I had thought to leave out the seeds, but my husband is enjoying it and it will last a long time. =) Long enough to try it on my father-in-law at Christmas, and his motto is “the spicier the better”. Thanks for this recipe!

  40. Jeanene says

    I haven’t made these yet (w/ 2 year old twins and a 3 month old my learning to can is on hold) but I found some at our farmers market (I’m sure yours are way better) but I had to share this: toasted sourdough+cream cheese+candied jalapenos+an over easy egg= heaven! Can’t wait to get canning and try yours!

  41. Miranda says

    I came across this awhile ago and just remembered I wanted to do them for Christmas gifts.

    How long would these last in the fridge without canning them? Just making it and putting them into the jars?


    • says

      I think you’d be fine making them a couple or three weeks in advance of Christmas! As long as the peppers stay submerged in the liquid, they’ll just keep getting better.

  42. City Girl says

    OK this may sound crazy but, how would you make these without a “canner”? Is it possible to just use the canning jars and boil in a pot or something? My husband grew jalepenos in our garden this year and we have an overabundance!

  43. Mary says

    These sound soooooo good, I just might have to dust off my caner and give it a whirl. You should work on a “wickel” copycat. Those are the GREATEST pickels in the world…sweet and a little hot all at the same time!! Thanks again for the recipe

  44. Cheryl says

    Love the candied jalapenos! I grind them up and mix with cream cheese; let it set overnight and serve as a spread for crackers.

  45. mark says

    I made these last night and forgot to do the second boil of the syrup for 6 minutes after jarring the jalapenos. I jarred them anyway and am hoping for the best. I also have a pint of syrup left over. Two things… do you think my lack of the 6 minute boil will affect things? It did boil the first time before I put the pepper in for the 4 minutes. Second is, can I use the syrup left over towards a new batch after these?

    • says

      Hi Mark! I’m going to say don’t re-use the syrup because it could alter the acidity in the final product, but don’t fret! That extra syrup is really good brushed on meats for grilling/broiling or adding into potato/egg/whatever salads! I think that forgoing the second boil is not going to be a deal breaker. I think it’ll just result in a less viscous syrup.

  46. says

    We discovered these at a booth in Canton, Tx. Now I know how to make my own – thank you thank you thank you!! As good as they are in EVERYTHING (i.e. chicken salad, tuna salad, etc…) the old stand bye of a few candied jalepenos with cream cheese on a cracker will make your eyes roll back in your head!

  47. Trudy Richardson says

    I have 2 members of my family that are diabetic and absolutely love candied jalapenos. If I use all sugar substitute, will it still make the product the same OR do I need to do 1/2 sugar & 1/2 splenda? Thank you. LOVE your recipes!

  48. Abigail says

    Your recipe looks amazing! I was given a jar of candied jalepenos, Texas Jak brand, for Christmas, and now that I’ve run out I’ve been searching for more. Then I thought why not learn to make some myself? Your recipe looks like the best one I’ve found, I will definitely be making it (& posting on Pinterest )! I’ve never canned before though, but from what you commented above, it would be good still to store them in jars in the fridge, they just wouldn’t keep as long? And if I were to give them as gifts without canning how long would they last?
    Oh I see that lots of people put them on burgers and crackers with cream cheese, which sounds amazing, I’ll have to try that- but I cooked pork chops with them & it made the best sweet & spicy pork!! Thanks for the great recipe, now I can look forward to experimenting with them more :)

  49. Karen says

    I added these to “Sunday Morning Sushi” along with smoked salmon, chives and cream cheese. They were a huge hit.

  50. says

    We sell our “secret family recipe” of Candied Jalapeños at local craft shows, farmers markets and our web site, http://www.CampbellGardensPeppers. We started out making them for ourselves and friends and then the word spread of our tasty peppers. Ours are different than your above recipe and we think you’d discover the difference yourselves if you ever tried our sweet with a little kick peppers. Check out our web site for more information and recipes!

  51. Ashley says

    What can I say, I’ve shared it on pinterest, liked it on facebook, and will be giving these for the holidays. Thanks you so much for the amazing recipe. This is a great starter for someone who is learning to can. These were the first thing I’ve ever canned and I love them to death now! They are great with peaches tossed in too!

  52. Cindy says

    I’m excited that I found your recipe online. I had been looking for a way I could use all the hot peppers growing in my garden. With all the heat we’re getting in MO this year I’m growing a lot of different varieties of peppers and I even have 7 Tomatillo plants growing….crazy weather were having here. I was wondering if I could safely add fresh fruit in the mix before canning? If so how long would I have to process the jars for? I’m looking to duplicate a pineapple pepper jam that I tried in Branson, Mo. They served it with cream cheese and butter crackers and pretzel crackers.

  53. Cindy says

    Oh yeah, I forgot to ask, if I would need some sure-jell or certo when adding fresh fruit or canned?

    • R J says

      no you dont need either.. the sugar and vinegar takes care of everything. it does not “jell” it is however a thick almost viscous syrup (very sticky :) )

  54. Sara says

    Made these tonight. I can tell they are delicious. The only thing I think I would do different next time is cold pack them. They seemed to wilt a bit during the 4 min boiling time. But we can already tell the flavor will be heavenly.

  55. Jennifer says

    I found this recently while searching for some good canning ideas. May I just say…these are AWESOME!! We cannot stop eating them and all my friends and family are begging for extra jars. I will be putting up several dozen of these this year, since my jalapenos are going crazy. Thank you so much for this wonderful, easy receipe!!

  56. Sara says

    Ok. I posted above with a concern about the jalapeños wilting. It’s been only a day since I’ve canned these and they are already taking back their original shape :) So glad. I can NOT wait to eat these. Unfortunately I had my tonsils taken out just last night. I guess this procedure will force me to wait until these peppers are prime- otherwise we’d be into a jar already :p

  57. Jennifer says

    @Sara..sorry about your tonsils, hope you feel better soon. We had issues like yours only we cut our peppers too thin. They look like little knobs instead of rings
    w..:) but they are soooo good. Now I know to cut them more on the half inch side. Glad you mentioned that. It reminded me to post about my issue. Waiting a few days just makes them better. The longer they sit, the better they taste. Also we discovered using 5 lbs of peppers is closer to correct for 9 pints. We only got 5 pints and one jar of syrup out of 3 lbs. Can’t wait to make more!

  58. says

    Love your recipes, I tried the candied jalapenos. I wonder if you can tell me what I am doing wrong.The peppers have floated to the top and there is about a half inch of syrup at the bottom. I packed them in as tight as I could. Please help, I always have this problem when I can pickles.

  59. says

    OMG! Are you from Texas???? Your jalapeno pepper jargon is soo cool (with it) and you’ve got it girl! Candied Jalapenos are delish and since moving from “Big D” (really miss Texas) six yrs ago I have been ordering and eating candied Jalapenos every week. I am addicted and now I will amke my own. Do I really have to boil the syrup or can I not just mix and place in the jars as the hot peppers should melt the sugar??? ???Wish you were my neighbor as you really sound like fun to be around! Thank you and hugs to you from a 72 yr old housewife named Lou

    • R J says

      if you have a pressure canner you have a waterbath canner just dont fasten down the lid..
      all a water bath canner is, is a pot deep enough to cover the jars by about 2 inches (jars need to be sitting on a rack or something to prevent it being directly being on the bottom of the pot) – the lid is to facilitate boiling..
      easy peasy

  60. Kris says

    Hi Folks. These candied jalapenos have me enchanted! I really want to taste some! My hubby will be over the moon. You see…I have to overcome the FEAR of canning something. (I am afraid of canning tomatoes, say, and then giving everyone botulism.) I am afraid of storing wet foods without freezer/fridge. It’s true! I know I have been playing it safe, procrastinating, for no good reason. So, allow me to air the second fear. It is: Where should I procure a canner (pressure cooker?) Is an old one from the thrift shop okay? Should I invest in a modern one? Do I have to use Mason jars? I presume I don’t for a 2 week jalapeno stint. As for canning veges…well, this will be my baby step. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP! Any advice on learning to can properly is much sought after/appreciated! TAKE CARE EVERYONE, Kris

    • R J says

      am a brand new canner myself so i do unterstand your fears – i hope you have overcome them :)!
      re: botulism – one of the ladies i admire most said something to the effect of “if you dont let botulism IN you wont get it OUT” — meaning be SCRUPULOUSLY CLEAN in your prepping –

      FOLLOW directions precisely and DONT skip steps!! these steps are there for a reason! there are a lot of people are on sites like you tube to watch and learn from – now personally i recommend starting with the BALL BLUE BOOK – the basic bible of canning and very stringent on safety issues.
      You Will find that different people have different methods & dont always agree with each other – watch a lot of them & use common sense.
      I DO recommend one lady in particular (other than THIS site )– her site is Noreen’s Kitchen. every recipe i have tried of hers has come out perfectly.

      re- the jars YES you need to use the ones MADE for canning Especially for pressure canning – exploding jars is NOT the goal :)!!!

      over all canning is EASY – its TIME consuming and has finicky bits , BUT WORTH it! i LOVE it. and wonder why on earth i waited so long..
      BTW – i started with a small pressure canner from walmart. – BIG mistake :) — i ALREADY NEED a bigger one…. sigh… the canner itself is great just not big enough.. when you figure the amount of time you have to be close by to monitor it makes MUCH more sense to do a double batch of jars rather than just one row of jars…
      good luck and have fun

  61. says

    These are wonderful, but I decided not to wait to make them until my little ones were down for a nap, and I let the syrup boil for too long. The end result (thankfully, I was making a smaller batch with only 1/2 lb jalapenos) is a little hard in spots, like it turned to candy. Is there any way to uncook the syrup? Ha!

    • R J says

      you might want to loan out the kids to grandma & grandpa the day you make these. the smell of the jalepeno is quite strong while cooking..

      my daughter finds it over much – so i make them when the kids are gone and i have EVERY window & door open with fans on.. :)

      its worth it but you do NOT want the babies anywhere near this stuff while prepping.

  62. Michelle W says

    Okay, I took the plunge and made these today. Keep your fingers crossed that my husband will like them!

    Thanks for the cool recipe!

  63. Susan Reeves says

    I made these this summer with our first picking of Jalapenos. They are a delight. We had Creamy Chicken Enchiladas, and served the Candied Jalapenos on the side. Amazing!! Thank you.

    • R J says

      if you can them they can be stored up to a year on the shelf – not canning 2-3 weeks in fridge (if they last that long) :)

  64. Suzette says

    I was browsing around on Pinterest and came across this recipe which greatly intrigued me. I definitely want to try this as we are crazy for heat in my house (the main reason we moved to Florida!!) and I think we would LOVE these. I have never canned anything before so I was doing some research which left me wondering….do I need to purchase a canner or can I just use a stockpot and, if not, what would be the difference?

  65. says

    This are great. Just made my second batch tonight. I didn’t remove the seeds and membranes this time so I’ll be interested to see how hot these are. I have a question about how long to simmer the peppers. The recipe reads to simmer exactly four minutes, but it took me at least 4 minutes to bring the syrup up to a simmer. So should I bring the liquid up to a simmer and then start timing it?
    Also, your bacon jam is a huge it in our home now too!

    • vickie says

      yes you can, that is what i do…… i use about 2 cups of the jallepenos and then 3/4 cup of the liquid in the jar and 2 cups of sugar and boil that all together until it makes a syrup that somewhat coats the spoon. This is a small batch, just right for a small family. then i pack it in my ball freezer jar and store in the fridge.

      • Jan says

        I am just learning how to can and your recipe is my first. Can’t wait.. sounds yummy! Sooooo…. I followed the directions to the tee. But I am hoping, you can help me with a couple of questions.
        Thank so much! Jan

        1. Do you de-seed or is this optional?
        2. Do you can the syrup with the jars of peppers? (that is what I did)
        3 shelf life on peppers and syrup

        • says

          Wow! I’m so glad to be part of your canning start! Lets address your specific questions.
          1. Optional! I never seed, but we like spicy stuff in a big way.
          2. Yes. If you mean what I think you do. Do you mean processing the extra syrup along with jars of the peppers in syrup? That’s a yes!
          3. At least a year if they’re stored with the rings off at a steady cool temperature without tons of light exposure and if the seal remains good. I will say we have NEVER had a jar around longer 6 months for anything other than testing purposes. We eat them FAR too quickly to worry about shelf life :)

          • Jan says

            Thank you so much for answering my questions. I greatly appreciate it!
            The 30th is 2 weeks, can not wait to try… all the best Jannie

          • jan says

            Oh My Gosh….. you were not kidding. These are delicious!! I made them mostly for my son’s, they like hot stuff. Me not so much, after trying I was putting these on everything. I even started growing jalapenos
            . Yum Yummy Thumbs up thank you!!

          • Dana says

            Am new to canning and I tried this last night my jalapenos arw still green will they turn more yeklow after sitting for a month

  66. Deana says

    I can’t wait to make these. Two questions, however, I read most of your posts and may have missed this answer. Did you remove most of the seeds and ribs of Jalapenas? I saw some seeds in your jars, but wanted to make sure. I froze several bags of whole jalapenas from my garden last year. Do you think frozen jalapenas would work as well, cutting them after defrosting?

    • says

      Hi Deana! I did not remove any seeds or ribs, but that’s optional if you want to tame them a bit. As for using frozen jalapenos, I’m afraid I don’t think it’ll work very well. When you freeze peppers, you destroy the cell walls in them. That’s fine for cooking into soups, stews, chilis, breads, etc…, but probably will turn out mushy if you try to process them in this way.

  67. says

    I have made candied jalapenos half a dozen different ways. Mostly its different because I may have had a few glasses of wine as I coke them….so I end up putting in a bit of this or that as I cook.

    I can say absolutely pre sliced and frozen, canned or anything does not work. You get mush…and the flavor is never right. You must use fresh jalapenos…its a lot of work, but well worth the result.

    This AM on my way into work I had a brain flash – using agave nectar and tequila in the recipe…not sure how to do it yet. Any ideas from those who cook more often is welcome.

  68. Katie W says

    These are a big hit in our neighborhood, thank you!! I ended up with extra syrup so I reserved some to add to cocktails and reserved even more syrup to create a jelly (came out honey-like viscosity) which is great with a cheese platter.

    Thanks again! Will be making more in the next week.

  69. says

    I live in Australia and Jalapenos are hard to come by so I grew some. As with many homegrown things I ended up with far more jalapenos than I could ever use until I found this recipe and WOW I wish I had ten times more. It is absolutely delish! The leftover sauce is amazing too, fabulous in salad dressing among other things.

  70. Kairana says

    I have made these numerous times in the last few months, mostly for Christmas gifts, but I took a jar to church tonight and poured it over a couple of blocks cream cheese and served it with wheat thins. I had at least 4 people ask me fo the recipe. Thank you for sharing this.

  71. Roxanne says

    I’m so happy to find this recipe!! Rebecca, with the cayenne and the seeds, would you call them extra hot? Making them as gifts and a bit worried about scaring my friends. We Californians might not be as tough as the average Texan… :)

    • says

      I’m probably not a great person to ask, Roxanne, because we pile chile garlic sauce and sriracha and gochujang and whatnot over most of what we eat. I’d say it’s definitely hot. Beyond that, we need a recognizable benchmark for comparison. Do you like Tabasco? Frank’s Red Hot? It’s probably hotter than those.

      • Roxanne says

        Benchmark – good idea. Yes I like Frank’s Red Hot, Tobasco and Sriacha but I’m the spice-lover of the family! If I’m aiming to please typical jalapeno-eating people but not ones who venture into serranos and habaneros, would you say 1/2 tsp cayenne then? I thought I read that between the cooking and the sugar, the heat isn’t as intense as raw jalapenos. Which would mean I need some cayenne to put some heat back.

        And can I just tell you how unbelievably impressive your blog is! Not only are you thorough, creative, chatty and an amazing photographer – but the diversity in your menus is awesome!! I am Asian by birth but a wanna-be Italian/Mexican and cook just about everything. Your blog is simply perfect!!

        • says

          If you let it age, it is definitely milder than raw jalapeno. If you try eating it straight from the pot it’ll melt yer face off. :-) Okay, benchmark-wise, my husband says he’s not even sure it’s hotter than sriracha, but qualifies it. He says it’s about as hot as typical canned jalapenos (the pickled ones), but it’s sweeter so it’s easier to devour them. Those are his words. The sweetness masks the heat a bit. Maybe you should make a batch of them both ways to try them. I promise, they won’t be wasted…

          • Roxanne says

            Thank you Rebecca – I am cooking these within the next two days and just drooling at the thought. There is a restaurant in Phoenix (the Grind) which puts these on burgers, between brioche and with arugula and “fried ratatouille” (fried shoestring onions, peppers, eggplant). It is to die for and I don’t even eat burgers. I am eternally grateful to you for this recipe and will be making your naanwich in exactly one month when the batch is done!

  72. Makiyah Potts says

    How can I make a smaller batch of these using say 1 to 2 pounds? What needs adjusting, the sugar, vinegar, or both?

  73. Eric says

    I think I’m going to try these with almost-ripe Jalapenos, almost-ripe Cayenne and ripe Cajun Belle peppers. The flavors should meld nicely and be slightly hotter. Thank you for the recipe. These look great!

  74. Greer says

    I just have a handful of jalapenos from the garden, but have TONS of banana peppers. How would these taste made with only banana peppers?

  75. dok9874 says

    Have you ever used the leftover syrup to make some more candied jalapenos? Or can you? I have two extra pints that I processed at the same time as the last batch I made.

    • says

      Just made my first batch and I was wondering the same thing, about using the leftover syrup to make another batch. The “heat” of the syrup would probably be more intense.

      • says

        As I mentioned in a previous comment, I don’t think I’d chance it. You run the risk of offsetting the acid balance in the end product which is what keeps bacterial/microbial/fungal growth in check!

  76. Leslie says

    I made these with some jalapenos grown by a neighbor. His are extra HOT and wow, we are just blown away by how good these are!

  77. Shannon says

    OMG this turned out so good! I was looking for a recipe for what my friend calls jalapeno candy… a recipe she won’t share! I thought I’d give this a try as it looked similar.

    Sooooo much better! A bit less sugar I think than what my friend uses so the syrup is a little thinner which I like.

    I didn’t make it 2 weeks. Barely made it beyond a week, and I doubt we’ll make it to a month before all the jars are empty. What a great way to use all those peppers from all those plants I keep putting in the garden each year!

  78. alice says

    Hi, I have made these candied jalepenos many times; they are delicious and I have directed many folks to your website. So, how I forgot to boil the syrup hard the last 2 batches I made, I really don’t know, but I did. Do you think it will be safe to eat? I did everything else the same. Do you think it will be too hot because there is no syrup, just thin sugar water? I have not tasted it yet. Thank you for all your great recipes.

    • says

      Hi Alice! I think it should still be safe… Use the normal safeguards: store without rings on the jars, check the seal carefully when you open it, etc… As for how it will taste, I honestly don’t know. I imagine it’ll be slightly different but not inedibly so! :-)

      • alice says

        Ok, thank you so much. I had tasted some of them shortly after I had canned them, and they were like eating fire. That jar has been in the fridge since- I just tasted them and like before, I think they melted my dang taste buds. But my husband can take them to work and give them out- I have 2 double batches.
        Thank you for getting back to me so soon- you are awesome!

  79. Kris says

    OMG! I think I found a way to use some of the jalapenos that are coming out my ears LOL. My jalapenos are producing like crazy this year and while I love to share, short of leaving them on neighbors doorsteps you can only give away so many before people start treating you like a zucchini bearer, haha.
    Thank you Thank you for this great recipe. I’m going to make some today. I have at least a bushel of jalapenos ready to pick.

  80. says

    Rebecca, throughout my culinary careers I have found that those who teach and share for nothing other than the sheer joy of doing so are some of the most talented among us. I must say that based on that understanding your talent eclipses most. This recipe is just what I have been searching for. Although I have been known for my other culinary items my true love is baking artisanal breads. I have not yet tried these but I think with a small variation in added spices these will be what I need. Normally I would perfect the item I am wanting to try these in before talking about it but in the interest in furthering your work and getting others to come up with creative ideas I am going to let you and your readers know what I am aiming for. Candied Jalapeño Cinnamon Rolls! The bakeries here in the Houston Texas area specialize in donuts and kolaches. You rarely see cinnamon rolls. I think these will appeal to the Texas palate and who knows this may be my next big hit!

  81. Mary R. says

    Couldn’t wait to make this and our jalapeno plants were bountiful this year. We waited 4 weeks to open our first jar and they were wonderful. I found them to be hot, but not unbearable. I canned a second batch and one of the jars didn’t seal so I refrigerated it and opened the jar a couple of days later. Those jalapenos were extremely hot. Great recipe!

  82. Chris Hale says

    I just wanted you to know that I love this recipe. I am just getting my feet wet with the jalapenos and so I seeded the peppers but they are still spicy and flavorful. I have been making these for a while and everyone loves them. I never actually preserved them but made them more of a refrigerator pickle and they were wonderful. Thank you for this family favorite.

  83. Deb says

    Just want to let you know how much we are enjoying this recipe. Everything you said about it is true. People just LOVE them! The only part we had a little trouble with was whether to let the liquid return to a boil or not before beginning the “exactly 4 minutes of simmering”. We are on our third year of making them now and we don’t let the liquid return to a boil. We begin the 4 minutes as soon as we add the peppers. Thank-you so much for sharing!!

    • says

      I do return them to a simmer before timing, but if it works well for you this way, that’s good information for me to have! Thank you! I’m awfully glad you like them!

      • TONYK says




    • says

      I will do what Deb did next time. I waited to see the simmer before counting 4 minutes and my peppers are decidedly overcooked (compared to your photos). I’m sure they’ll be delicious anyway…

  84. Terry Cooley says

    I would like to try this recipe. Just finishing a jar of store-bought candied jalapenos, and I have a bountiful crop in the garden just waiting to be canned. I have a question about the ratio of sugar to vinegar. 6 cups sugar to 2 cups vinegar. Is this the correct proportion?


  85. Myrna says

    Have just finished making 1/3 of a batch as per instructions and they are delicious but screaming hot! Will definitely make a full batch next time minus the seeds. Thank you for a fun recipe. By the way, 1/3 of a batch of peppers and a half batch of syrup yielded 3 jars of peppers and 1 jar of syrup.

  86. Clayton says

    I was curious as to whether you refrigerate your jalapenos after they are done, or if they are ok to sit out at room temp? Absolutely love the celery seed with the jalapenos, but I have also been on a celery seed kick lately =)

  87. Rootwolf says

    Just finished canning them. Look forward to eating them. Will be good sitting atop a piece of Lox sitting atop a smear of cream cheese on a toasted mini bagel.

  88. Gmama says

    Made these today with seranos and red jalapeños for Christmas gifts! Didn’t have celery seed…so I used celery salt instead. Sweet, salty, hot perfection!! The jars look amazing.

  89. Angelina says

    Hi! Just made this recipe tonight and, being totally impatient, I just had to try one (after they’d cooled down in the fridge a few hours). So…I love hot things and all but this was the most painful taste test of all time!! Does waiting the 2 weeks mellow them significantly (hoping!!)? Thanks!

    • says

      They really do mellow significantly in that two week time. I promise! Now, how mellow the final product will be depends greatly on how hot the peppers were to begin with. Did you nibble one of the fresh peppers before cooking them? They’ll be about that mild when done.

      • Angelina says

        Oh good! I made a jar for my friend and warned her NOT to eat them!!! But now I will retract my warning and spend the next two weeks working up my courage to taste them again. :) Or maybe I’ll get my husband to do it… We love jalapenos around here so I’m sure they’ll be wonderful!

  90. Brittney says

    Canned for the first time with this recipe because I heard it was to die for! Though I used fresh jalapeños and only those that were crisp and crunchy…mine turned out very shriveled with barely any crunch. Any ideas as to why or what I could do to prevent this?

    • susan says

      I had this same experience. I was wondering if there was a response? Mine were not crunchy at all. My peppers were known “HOT” so I seeded them, maybe that was one reason for being shriveled. I also thought the syrup was extremely thick…I can see that in the half pints. It is very, very thick, almost like jelly? ideas?? suggestion on what went wrong?

      • says

        It sounds like you overboiled your syrup if you started with the correct measurements and it reduced down to a jelly like consistency. It should still taste good, but next time, I think perhaps you need to drop your heat even more for a simmer. How long have they been in the jars? Because they always look shrivelly for a bit then seem to replump in the syrup after a week or so.

        • susan says

          Thanks for the feedback. I too suspected I had a little too much heat when it thickened up so. They were only made three days ago so I will wait a few weeks and see how they are. The good news is we have plenty of peppers for a second try!!!

        • says

          Why is it important to cook the peppers for four minutes? Mine were shriveled last year when I started the cooking time after the liquid returned to a simmer, so this time I started the cooking time when I added the peppers. They still looked a little shriveled so I made a batch or two using a 3-minute cooking time. I’m too nervous, though, to change your recipe too much since I’m not a preserving pro. But I’m wondering — why couldn’t we cook them for an even shorter time, or pour the hot syrup into the jars over raw jalapeños like is done for picked peppers? With a 15-minute boil in the canner (for pints), it seems like they’d be cooked enough. Am I missing some science here?

  91. Kathy Marlow says

    I have always made jalapeno jelly….they is almost the same, maybe even better. I have not tried this recipe. I bought a jar locally and fell in love.

  92. deedee says

    Hi – I have made 2 batches so far. The first time I did not have cayenne pepper, so I used 1/2 paprika and 1/2 chili powder. I tasted the sauce and loved it. Both times I have tons of sauce left, could I use 4 lbs of jalapenos instead of 3? Is it ok to double this recipe, or do I need to do it in batches?

    Thanks so much for the recipe, lots of requests for it.

    • says

      I not only double the recipe, but sometimes quadruple it! Have at it! I honestly can’t tell you whether it will effect the acidity negatively to do 4 pounds instead of 3. I know that part of the reason so much liquid is left over is because the jalapenos give off liquid as they cook, so you’ll probably still end up with loads extra!

      • Deedee says

        Thanks so much! I will definitely being doubling the recipe from now on. I will prepare a couple of extra jars for the marinade, I know people will love that as well.

    • says

      I’d say wash and sterilize about a dozen half pint or pint jars and you’ll have more than enough. It’s always better to have jars you don’t use that you’ve prepped than to have to put the canning project on hold to prep more jars.

    • says

      I’m sure they can be, but I just haven’t done them that way… I’d be guessing about processing time if I gave you a time, unfortunately.

  93. Christie says

    This is my 3rd season making this incredible recipe. Everytime I make it I am asked to share the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  94. TONYK says






    • says

      Cider vinegar has a milder, gentler tang than white vinegar and is my pickling liquid of choice, but there will not be any safety reason to avoid swapping in white for cider… They’re about equal in acidity.

      If you cook them longer they may become mushy and lose structural integrity. If that’s what you’re going for, it should be okay!

  95. Eric says

    This is my 2nd year making these with my home grown jalapenos and cayenne peppers and they’re a huge hit with everyone who has tried them. Last year I followed your recipe exactly. This year I followed the recipe – just made more of it. I *may* have been a bit overzealous with my pepper crop. I ended up using about 12lbs of jalapenos fresh off the plants. I quadrupled this recipe and noticed that I probably could have gotten away with using about 1/2 to 2/3 of what I ended up using for ingredients. After filling up 10, 1-pint jars with jalapenos, I topped them off with the sauce. Then I filled up a 1 qt jar with just the sauce. I still have probably half a gallon of sauce remaining. I also noticed that I needed to boil it for longer on its own after I scooped the peppers into their jars. With the water from the peppers it was too thin after 6 mins.

    Anyway, anyone have any idea what I can do with 1/2 gallon of extra sauce? It’s delicious, but I’m not sure what to do with it. I imagine it would store in the fridge for a good long while (due to the acidity and sugar).

  96. Lucky says

    I make a much easier recipe using jarred pickled jalapenos. I don’t bother with pickling mine – as I don’t have the equipment or time to master a good pickling effort.

    • Roseann Sewell says

      I would like a recipe using the jarred jalapenos. That is the way my friend made them in the past but I was confused by her recipe.

      • says

        Hi Roseann,
        I’m afraid I haven’t tested any other type of candied jalapenos because I’m so satisfied with these. These have the bonuses of being made from fresh ingredients and being shelf-stable when canned properly.

  97. says

    I have made this receipe about 4 times. LOVE IT!!. I am making them now for gifts this holiday season. I usually half the receipe so I’m not in the kitchen all night. I find about 10 jalapenos per 1 little jelly jar (50 jalapenos of average size) and 1/2 the receipe makes 5 jars. I’m looking forward to trying some of your other receipies. Thank you for sharing.

  98. Michelle says

    This recipe looks amazing! I have never done any canning but would love to make these for Christmas gifts. Is there a lot of equipment I need to get started since I don’t have any of the proper canning tools?

    • ursula says

      Hi, canning is about as easy as it gets. I had never canned until I met my husband, and could’t believe how easy it really is. I am no canning expert by any means, and recommend buying a canning book, such as Ball or Better Homes and Gardens, etc. or going to your local extension office for information. All the information from times to safety are there for you. There are 2 types of canners that can be bought…a pressure canner and a water bath canner. With this recipe you only need a water bath canner which is very inexpensive, ( i have canned with using a deep pot), but, I recommend buying one. Depending on size it is under $20. Basically, after the jars are filled, place them in the water bath and cover about 1-2 inches above the jars and bring to a boil for the allotted time. Timer starts when the water comes to a boil. Good Luck and have fun!!!

  99. colleen shore says

    Do you have to use a canner or can you just boil your lids and put them on the jars…I’ve done this with jalapeno jellie?

  100. Brenda says

    Would you happen to have nutritional information for this recipe? I’m curious to know what the sugar content is in each serving. Thanks!!

    • says

      Hi Brenda- I do not do the nutritional number crunching on my recipes. There are a number of good nutritional calculators online that could help you if you enter the ingredients.

  101. Robby says

    I have been intrigued by this recipe for a while. Alas, I live at about 5500′ altitude which raises a question or two. Is the simmering for four minutes about texture or food safety? I will caveat that by saying I would put them in my fridge for the shorter duration, not canning to sit on the shelf. I will likely make a fraction of a batch to see how they turn out since timing is somewhat unreliable here, but your answer will help guide my own tweaking for our conditions. They look like the perfect ‘game day’ something special and look forward to trying them.

    • says

      I am terribly sorry to say I have zero canning experience at higher altitudes. I would highly recommend bouncing your ideas off of a local cooperative extension representative. My guess is that if it’s going in the fridge you could probably halve that simmering time, but I’d feel better if you check with them! (The time is about reaching a particular temperature and holding it there for a certain amount of time, so it’s more of a safety issue than anything.)

  102. Cathy o says

    I have used your recipe for 3 years using jalapeños from my garden. Sometime I mix red and green jalapeños together for fun. I have even used extra syrup as a chicken marinade and as a start for making pickled eggs. Yum! Thank you so much for making me look like a good cook.

  103. says

    I will for sure be making these! They sound wonderful! I use the non canning method when I do pepper, I think I just get burnt out on boiling method after the tomatoes :) Can’t wait to try this! Pinning it now :)

  104. Safetydog says

    I’ve been making these for years – they are addicting! Sent a jar home with DD’s boyfriend. He and two roommates ate the entire jar in an evening. Guess they liked them, too!

  105. Safetydog says

    Just saw that you are a contributor to Tasty Kitchen. That’s where I found this recipe originally. Love candied jalapenos.

  106. Dana says

    Hi! I just had these for the first time this last Christmas, and fell in love. I’ve been pouring over different recipes, and finally decided on yours, after reading your notes about being able to this without canning. I have never even attempted canning before, so having the option to do this another way safely was exciting. Thank you. I do love the recipe though, I tasted the syrup after I finished putting my jalapenos in jars. It was so amazing, I can’t wait to use it tonight on my chicken legs for dinner. Thank you for all the tips it really helped make the whole process so much easier and less worry about messing it up.
    I do have a few questions after reading through the comments:

    ~ If I am not canning them, should I still let the jars sit on the counter for a 24 hour period, or put them into the fridge immediately?
    ~ How long should I wait before opening up the jars to eat and share with family? Since the shelf life is so much shorter, I was wondering if I could eat them right away or still wait a few weeks?

    • says

      Hi Dana- I’m so glad you gave them a try. I would still let them sit for 24 hours to cool before putting in the refrigerator. You could probably get away with opening them a little earlier. The real key here will be a visual one for you. When the peppers look plump again (because they’ll likely look a little shriveled right after making them) you’re good to go. They will, like their shelf stable counterparts, mellow as they age, so keep that in mind!

      • Dana says

        Thank you so much for the tips and visual cues to look for. My husband has already dipped into the extra sauce, and used it with his crackers and celery. He is super excited, and actually is thinking he will try it in a mixed drink or even his hot green tea, He’s thinking it’ll be amazing in everything. Thank you again for sharing this recipe!

  107. says

    Thanks for this recipe. I look forward to making these once our farmer’s market has boxes of fresh plump jalapenos. I’m curious about that sandwich your friend had. Do you know more about that? I’d love the make the perfect candied jalapeno toppped sandwich.

    • says

      Hi Lea Ann- I’d like to tell you what my husband says, which is that any sandwich with candied jalapenos is the perfect one 😀 If you’re looking for one that is particularly suited for candied jalapenos, though, look no further than this Second to Naanwich (made with Tandoori Style Grilled Chicken) from right here on Foodie with Family.

  108. Todd says

    I have seen several variations of this same recipe and would like to know your thoughts regarding the final steps of canning or not canning and refrigeration. The recipe I use contains a similar vinegar to pepper ratio and calls for a final boil, filling the jars, and refrigeration. Considering the relatively high vinegar content and the available space in my refrigerator, I often put them directly in the pantry without refrigeration. I have not discovered any ill effects.

    In this case, is there any risk in not refrigerating? Also, what is the upside for the extra effort when canning? Is it necessary with the high vinegar content?

    • says

      Hi Todd-

      I personally wouldn’t stash them (high vinegar content or no) on the pantry shelf without sealing the jars in a boiling water bath unless your pantry is at root cellar temperatures (between 40-50 degrees F.) Even then, I’d probably feel like I was living dangerously. I’ve taken enough food safety courses to err on the side of caution 😀 The vinegar does a great job of preventing nasties from growing, but the real insurance policy here comes in the water bath process itself which forces the rest of the air out of the jar to prevent not just the nasties, but oxidization (discolouration) as well. All that aside, I prefer the texture of the candied jalapenos once they’re refrigerated. I feel like they are a little more tender crisp when cold.

  109. Susan R Wehling says

    I am so confused. In the recipe it does not say to boil the peppers. It says to boil other stuff let simmer for 5 minutes and a dd peppers and let simmer for 4 minutes. But above in your hints is says to put peppers in at a rolling boil. You say “To clarify further, you will not be boiling them HARD for 4 minutes, you will bring them to a boil then drop the heat and simmer.” but the recipe says “In a large pot, bring cider vinegar, white sugar, turmeric, celery seed, granulated garlic and cayenne pepper to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the pepper slices and simmer for exactly 4 minutes.: so i don’t see where I boil the peppers-please help! thanks!

  110. Kathy T says

    This is my 4th year making “Cowboy candy” candied jalapanoes…and quadrupled the recipe because I use so many during the year and give so many away.. in fact when I go to U-pick farms that is the only reason I pick jalapeno pepers is to make this recipe. Whenever I make meals at work, especially taco/mex meals I always bring candied jalapenoes, and when I say “Cowboy Candy” I se the look of confusion and the hesitation when they grab just one sliced piece..then a moment of recognition and the piling on the plate of so many more. I love the die hard hot foodies that just shrug when they first put the slice in their mouth, then chew and then I see the heat register and they are amazed at the sweet taste then the heat taste. This is my first go to recipe of my canning season. When I prepare “church” meals, I always bring a jar along for coniment/side dish and they are always gone when friends realize what they are. To anyone hesitating about making/canning these all I can say is “GO FOR IT” you won’t be disappointed. THEY ARE SOOOOOO GOOD>

    • says

      Thank you, Kathy! It’s so nice to know someone else loves them as much as we do. And thanks for your vote of confidence in the recipe!

      • Amy says

        I have the same concern/question as Susan from June 6th about the boiling/simmering of the peppers. I did make this recipe last year and it was delicious…it was end of season so I only made 4 – 1/2 pint jars. I made them 4th of July weekend and they are a brighter green than last years. I made them again yesterday and they are a darker green than the ones from the beginning of July.
        Could you please explain the boiling – simmering process and time for the jalapenos?
        Thank you!

  111. Holly says

    I made these a week ago, already had to get into them. Sooooooooooooo tasty. I used a HUGE pot that I inherited from my grandma as a water bath canner, ball makes a relatively cheap plastic canning rack that fits perfectly inside it, and its tall enough to make sure I have plenty of water covering the jars. As a bonus, the plastic rack has a handle, and came with a funnel for filling the jars and I think a set of jar lifters too. Anyone that wants to try the canning part should look for the kit, its not very expensive to start out.

  112. Charlotte says

    While throwing these guys into jars I lost a ring to the counter and popped it in my mouth…so spicy! I love hot food but good gravy..gravy! Are these guys going to mellow out? I used banana peppers, jslepenos, and a sweet mild pepper so tbey wouldnt be too spicy for my hubs and now I’m afraid they’ll be too spicy for me! Anyone cut out the cayenne?

    • says

      They absolutely will mellow out. I think I mentioned it in the body of the post, but they are positively incendiary when they first go into the jars. Give them the time recommended and they will chill somewhat.

  113. Krysten says

    Hi Rebecca! I absolutely LOVE hot pepper jelly and these look like they will be absolutely delish. Can you please tell me how many jars you would use for this recipe if you are using 8 ounce jars? Thanks!

  114. CreativeRock says

    Thanks a lot Rebecca, you have gone too far with this recipe. The idea of suggesting to someone to wait a couple of weeks for the flavors to meld, to me is telling me to taste immediately. HA! I made it almost three days, unless you count the tasting coming out of the simmer? 😉
    I have only made one batch of this and there must be something wrong. First thing is that it must be disintegrating the canning jars. It really is scary that there isn’t anything left of the jars. As of right now there is 5 half pint jars gone. Well, to be honest, I did find the 3 empties in the sink, and the other two must have gone out the door. It has only been two weeks! I think these have created a situation where I sleep walk and indulge.
    Tomorrow I will be making a double batch in pint jars this time. I am a long time canner and am always looking for good things to can. Thanks for sharing this and your other recipes. YUM!

  115. Hallie says

    Hi! I have a problem that I hope you can help with. I’ve made this twice, and both times, the recipe yielded only 3 pints, whereas I thought it was supposed to make 4. I followed the recipe exactly, and it tastes good. Am I doing something wrong? Should/can I use 4 lbs. jalapenos next time to make 4 pints? Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Hallie-
      I have to say that there is a little give in the quantity that you yield depending on a whole host of variables including the individual jalapenos (how thick the walls are, how fresh they are, etc…), how many seeds the peppers have and whether you include them, how evenly and thinly you slice them, etc… Your yield can vary from one batch to the next. As long as the actual end product tastes good, I’d carry on as I had been and maybe just double down on my batch.

  116. sara says

    I have question I’m hoping you can answer. I made these back in July and they got shoved to the back of my fridge, one jar was never opened. Are they still ok to eat? My family is interested in them since they’ve been rediscovered.

  117. cobbledways says

    I just wanted to thank you for this recipe- I made it exactly as listed 3 years ago (for the first time) and without even trying to taste one myself- gave jars to all my family and friends for the holidays. I have been doing this every years since. These are amazing! I am sorry it took so long to comment.

  118. Brian Horrell says

    These sound amazing. We found some at a farmers market once and now we are hooked. Can’t wait to make our own!

    How much does this recipie make?

    • says

      Hi Brian- I’m glad you’re here! There is going to be some variation in yield because peppers are a natural thing and, well? Full of inconsistencies. In general, you can count on it yielding about 5 half pint jars. As a rule, I always have a handful of extra jars handy, particularly in this case since there is always leftover syrup that I love to can up to brush on meats and vegetables on the grill.

  119. Oley Konin says

    Absolutely everything that Mrs. Lindamood had to say is true! And in my own words….The best recipe I have ever followed to the T ! The results will make your tongue wanna slap your Brains out ! lol (Sooo Good }.
    ENJOY, Oley

    P.S. I rate this recipe A 10 out of 5


  1. […] CANDIED JALAPENOS – Holy moly, these little thinks are unbelievable.  I rad across the recipe on Pinterest several weeks ago and have had them in the back of my mind ever since.  Why?  For the past two holiday seasons Jeff’s Aunt Robbin, who always prepares the most amazing meals, has made this unforgettable appetizer using these three items: corn chips, cream cheese, and candied jalapenos.  So simple – so addictive!  I know that every Fall she makes a special trip to attend a festival just outside of the city she lives in so that she can buy a jar of these things.  This year I thought it might be fun to surprise her with a jar made by us.  Now, if only we can resist eating them all by the time Thanksgiving rolls around… – Recipe comes from one of my favorite food bloggers, Rebecca at Foodie with Family. ( […]

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