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tropical cowboy candy

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Cathy Smith
Cooper now in Columbus Ga., TX

This is just a tropical note on a well known canned candied jalapenos recipe. It is still spicy but has a hint of the tropics and they are great. Float some of these in a jalapeno martini or a pineapple jalapeno margarita at your next game day and tell them cowboy up!!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

These jarred jalapenos are sweet, tangy, and spicy! The chunks of pineapple are super tasty to munch on too. There are so many ways to serve this - on hamburgers or hot dogs, in salads, as an appetizer (we poured it over a brick of cream cheese), or eat them straight out the jar. Easy and fun to make, they'd make a great housewarming gift too.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Canning/Preserving

Ingredients For tropical cowboy candy

  • 2 lb
    fresh jalapenos
  • 1 1/3 c
    cider vinegar
  • 2 c
    fresh or canned pineapple without the juice
  • 4 c
  • 4 Tbsp
    mustard seed

How To Make tropical cowboy candy

Test Kitchen Tips
Chopping jalapenos can get a bit spicy. Wear disposable gloves while chopping them and make sure not to touch anything with the peppery gloves.
  • Slicing jalapenos.
    Slice jalapenos.
  • Adding cider vinegar, sugar, and mustard seed to a pot.
    Mix cider vinegar, sugar, and mustard seed to a low boil. Reduce for 5 minutes to a simmer.
  • Adding jalapenos to the pan.
    Add jalapenos.
  • Continuing to simmer the jalapenos in the pan.
    Simmer for 5 minutes more.
  • Placing pineapple chunks in a glass jar.
    Load hot sterilized jars with 4 to 5 chunks of pineapple.
  • Adding jalapenos to the jar.
    Using a slotted spoon add jalapenos first.
  • Draining the seeds from the liquid.
    I drain the liquid and leave the majority of the seeds out of the jars but you can put them in.
  • Spooning the liquid into the jars.
    Add liquid filling the jars leaving a 1/4 headspace.
  • Using a spatula to remove air bubbles.
    Remove air bubbles with a rubber spatula or chopstick and refill to headspace, if needed.
  • Wiping the rims of the jar.
    Wipe rims with a wet paper towel.
  • Placing the tops on the jars.
    Add hot lids/rings.
  • Cans placed in a pot of boiling water.
    Place in water bath canner.
  • Glass jars removed from the water.
    Process at a full boil for 15 minutes.
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    Note: If you like it even milder then, by all means, split jalapenos in half and take out the seeds and ribs.