Cowboy Candy (Sweet Pickled Jalapenos)

Lori Loucas


I don’t eat raw jalapenos, they are too hot and spicy for me,! But when you add vinegar and sugar to the pickling liquid, you are left with the flavor without the heat. Now that I can do! These pickles are sweet and tangy, with just the right amount of bite. But be careful, these are awfully addicting! Serve them on cream cheese and crackers, on hot dogs and hamburgers, or sneak them right out of the jar - in their naked gloriousness!


★★★★★ 2 votes

20 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


Add to Grocery List

1 lb
fresh jalapeno peppers
2/3 c
cider vinegar
2 c
2 Tbsp
mustard seed
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
celery seed
1 Tbsp
garlic powder
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper

How to Make Cowboy Candy (Sweet Pickled Jalapenos)


  • 1Slice jalapenos. Wear gloves and don't touch your eyes or other sensitive body parts!
  • 2NOTE: if you want them less spicy, place the sliced jalapenos in a large bowl of water and let the seeds float to the top. Pour off the seeds and drain well before proceeding.
  • 3In a medium saucepan, combine cider vinegar, sugar, turmeric, celery and mustard seeds, garlic, and cayenne. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
    Reduce the liquid for 5 minutes.
  • 4Add jalapenos to the syrup and simmer for 5 minutes more.
  • 5Remove jalapenos from liquid with a slotted spoon into a bowl
    Pack the jalapenos into 2 one-pint sterilized canning jars using a spoon, or a small spatula to press them into the jars. Add liquid filling the jars leaving a 1/4 inch head-space.
  • 6Process in a water bath for 15 minutes.

Printable Recipe Card

About Cowboy Candy (Sweet Pickled Jalapenos)

Course/Dish: Other Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American

Show 9 Comments & Reviews

27 Happy Hour Recipes That'll Have You Saying Tgif

27 Happy Hour Recipes That'll Have you Saying TGIF

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Celebrate the weekend with a happy hour filled with tasty appetizer recipes and delicious drinks. Cheers!

13 Addicting Nacho Recipes

13 Addicting Nacho Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Cheesy, yummy, absolute amazingness! Needless to say, we kinda sorta really love nachos :)