Candied Jalapenos (Sweet & Spicy) Recipe

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Candied Jalapenos

Hello, my dear readers! Today, I want to share something truly special that has transformed my appetizer tray and given a new life to many of my go-to dishes. I’m beyond excited to introduce you to my Candied Jalapenos recipe, a delightful blend of sweetness and heat that will elevate your culinary creations to new heights!


If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know how much I adore that perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Candied jalapenos, also fondly known as “Cowboy Candy,” are an absolute game-changer. Imagine taking your ordinary cream cheese bagel or that everyday turkey sandwich and infusing them with a pop of flavor that dances on your palate! I promised you versatile, and here’s proof!


To make these irresistible candied jalapenos, you’ll need:

  • Fresh jalapenos: 1 pound, sliced into uniform rings
  • Granulated sugar: 2 cups, to bring that lovely candied texture
  • Apple cider vinegar: 1 cup, for a nice tangy backdrop
  • Garlic cloves: 2, minced
  • Mustard seeds: 1 teaspoon, for a hint of spice
  • Turmeric: 1/2 teaspoon, for color and a warm, earthy tone
  • Celery seed: 1/4 teaspoon, subtly enhancing the overall flavor

How to Make Candied Jalapenos

  1. Prepare the jalapenos: Donning gloves (trust me, you’ll thank me later), slice the jalapenos into consistent rings, discarding the stems.
  2. Combine the ingredients: In a medium saucepan, mix together the sugar, apple cider vinegar, garlic, mustard seeds, turmeric, and celery seed. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar fully dissolves.
  3. Add the jalapenos: Toss the jalapeno slices into the boiling syrup. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the jalapenos turn vibrant green and are just tender.
  4. Jar them up: Using a slotted spoon, transfer the jalapenos into sterile jars. Turn up the heat under the syrup and boil it until it thickens slightly—about 5 more minutes. Then pour the hot syrup over the jalapenos in the jars, sealing them tightly.

Helpful Tips

  • Safety first! Always wear gloves when handling jalapenos to avoid burns.
  • Consistency is key: Slice your jalapenos evenly to ensure they cook uniformly.
  • Sterilize your jars: To keep your candied jalapenos fresh, make sure all jars and lids are sterilized before use.


  • Vinegar switch: No apple cider vinegar? White vinegar works just as well for a sharper tang.
  • Sugar alternatives: Feel adventurous? Try using brown sugar for a deeper molasses flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How spicy are candied jalapenos?
A: They have a moderate kick, balanced beautifully by the syrup’s sweetness.

Q: Can I use other peppers?
A: Absolutely! Try using serrano peppers for a hotter version or bell peppers for a milder treat.

Storage Instructions

Store your candied jalapenos in the refrigerator, tightly sealed. They will keep beautifully for up to 2 months.

More Relevant Recipes

If you love these candied jalapenos, why not dive deeper into the world of sweet and spicy combinations? Check out my recipes for German Potato Pancakes Recipe (Crispy and Delicious)

In closing, whether you’re looking to add a zesty kick to your next party snack or just want to spice up your weekday meals, these candied jalapenos are just the ticket. Give them a try and let the flavors convince you! Remember, anything but boring!!

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Candied Jalapenos

Candied Jalapenos (Sweet & Spicy) Recipe

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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: About 4 cups 1x


Dive into the perfect blend of sweet and spicy with these homemade Candied Jalapenos! Whether you’re drizzling them over cream cheese for a quick appetizer or jazzing up your favorite sandwich, these little gems add a delightful pop of flavor that’s bound to impress. Simple to make and irresistibly tasty, they’re a surefire way to spice up any meal!


  • 1 pound fresh jalapenos, sliced into uniform rings
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed


  1. Prepare Jalapenos: Wearing gloves, slice the jalapenos into rings, discarding the stems.
  2. Make Syrup: In a saucepan, combine sugar, vinegar, garlic, mustard seeds, turmeric, and celery seed. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  3. Cook Jalapenos: Add jalapenos to the boiling syrup. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes until they are tender.
  4. Jar and Seal: Using a slotted spoon, transfer jalapenos to sterilized jars. Boil the remaining syrup until thickened, about 5 minutes, and pour over the jalapenos. Seal jars tightly.



  • Wear gloves to avoid jalapeno burns.
  • Even slices ensure even cooking.
  • Sterilize jars to extend shelf life.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 30
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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