Add a Little Kick to Your Meals with Easy Quick Pickled Jalapeños

Why buy a jar of pickled jalapeños at the grocery store when you can make a home-made batch with peppers plucked from plants on your patio?

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Contributed by Jodi Torpey

pickled jalapenos in a glass jar

Pickled jalapeño peppers are a favorite food around here and I usually have a store-bought jar at the ready to add to panini sandwiches, to top a pizza, or to sprinkle on Mexican food.

But since gardening this year has yielded such a good chile pepper crop, I decided to create my own easy recipe for pickled peppers.

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Homemade Pickled Jalapeños 

I mixed the recipe for these refrigerator pickled jalapeños by starting with the ingredient list from the back of the jar sitting in the fridge, and then adding my own ideas. I experimented with the quantities until the pickling brine tasted just right.

Before you start, please save yourself some pain and slip on a pair of kitchen gloves to protect your hands and eyes while working with fresh peppers.

This recipe makes one pint of pickled jalapeño chile peppers, but it can be doubled (or tripled!) easily. With refrigeration, the peppers will keep for several months.

slices of pickled jalapeno peppers in a white bowl from above

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pickled jalapenos in a glass jar

Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

Yield: 1 pint
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ready to add a little kick to meals? These pickled jalapeños are just what you need to bring the heat.


  • 1 3/4 cups white vinegar
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 pound fresh jalapeño chile peppers


  1. Combine vinegar, salt, and turmeric in a small saucepan and slowly heat to near boiling.
  2. While liquid is heating, wash peppers and cut off the stems.
  3. Slice peppers into 1/8-inch rings and place them in a pint jar.
  4. Peel the garlic clove and place it in the jar with the pepper rings.
  5. Pour the warm brine over the peppers in the jar; seal.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool slightly; seal with the lid and store in the refrigerator.
  7. Let jalapeño peppers marinate for several days before using them.


With refrigeration, the pickled peppers will keep for several months.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 6Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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About the author: Jodi Torpey is an award-winning vegetable gardener, a Craftsy gardening instructor, and a Colorado Master Gardener. She’s the author of Blue-Ribbon Vegetable Gardening and The Colorado Gardener’s Companion. Her writing also appears in digital and print media, and she’s a popular speaker at gardening conferences and events around the country. Reach her at

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