O.M.G. I thought I was obsessed with pickled red onions, but then I made these pickled jalapeños and I literally can’t stop eating them. Every time I go in the fridge I have to pop one or two in my mouth, in addition to adding a few on top of everything I’ve been eating. 😅 These little guys are addictive! So, if you’ve got a pepper plant that is still producing or are looking for a way to use up some leftover jalapeños from another recipe, trust me, you NEED to make these pickled jalapeños.
There are two main ways to pickle vegetables: fermentation and quick pickling in a vinegar-based brine. Fermentation pickling takes days to weeks to accomplish, as natural bacteria produce acid that combines with added salt to create a brine. Quick pickles only take minutes because they start with a pre-made acidic brine made with vinegar and salt. The method I used for these pickled jalapeños is quick pickling, which I love because it’s so fast and convenient. Just keep in mind that quick pickles do not contain live cultures.
Here’s what you’ll need to make quick pickled jalapeńos:
If you want to experiment with your pickled jalapeños, you can try adding some of the following ingredients: a sliced carrot, whole peppercorns, ground cumin or cumin seeds, sliced shallots, or oregano.
Aside from just sneaking one or two slices from the jar, here are some of my favorite foods to top with pickled jalapeños:
Keep these pickled jalapeños in an air-tight glass or plastic container in the refrigerator for up to two months (if you don’t eat them all first!). Use a fork or tongs to remove the jalapeños from the container to keep the brine as sterile as possible.
These quick pickled jalapeños are the perfect way to top all of your favorite foods, including nachos, sandwiches, pizza, chili, and more.
Wash and slice the jalapeños. Peel the garlic.
Add the vinegar, water, salt, and sugar to a medium sauce pot. Bring the mixture up to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar.
Once the brine reaches a boil, add the jalapeños and garlic. Turn the heat off, place a lid on the pot, and let the peppers marinate in the brine for 30 minutes. Stir them occasionally to make sure they all spend adequate time under the brine. Replace the lid each time.
After marinating in the brine for 30 minutes the peppers will change from bright green to olive green. Transfer the peppers to a non-reactive (glass or plastic) air-tight container, then store in the refrigerator for up to two months.
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*The nutrition facts given include the brine, which is not usually consumed, so the sodium levels may be inflated.
Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 32kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 0.2gSodium: 876mgFiber: 2gRead our full nutrition disclaimer here.
Wash then slice one pound of fresh jalapeños. Peel two (or more) cloves of garlic. Feel free to measure with your heart when it comes to the garlic!
Add 1.5 cups white vinegar, ½ cup water, 1 Tbsp salt, and 1 Tbsp sugar to a medium saucepot. Bring the mixture up to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar.
When the brine reaches a full boil, add the sliced jalapeños and peeled garlic. Turn the heat off, place a lid on the pot, and let the jalapeños marinate in the brine for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure all of the peppers get submerged. Try to resist tasting them until they’ve soaked for at least 30 minutes!
As the peppers soak in the hot brine they will change in color from bright green to the familiar olive green color of pickled jalapeños. Once they’ve marinated in the brine for 30 minutes, transfer the peppers and all of the brine to a non-reactive (glass or plastic) air-tight container, then transfer to the refrigerator for storage.
Store the jalapeños in the refrigerator for up to two months and enjoy them on all of your favorite foods! …Or just straight from the jar. 😏