Garden to Table: Jalapeno Peppers {Recipes + Tips)

Packed with heat and flavor, jalapenos and other hot peppers are easy to grow in your garden and affordable to buy any time of year. While you might think of them as mostly a garnish, they’re versatile and add life and color to any dish.

If you’ve ever found yourself with lots of hot peppers and wondered how to make the most of them, you’re in the right place. My collection of jalapeno-focused recipes takes you from garden to table.

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These are some of my favorite vegetables to grow and, surprisingly, to eat. One of my absolute best appetizers and best canning recipes uses jalapenos. Even if one of these recipes calls for a specific hot pepper, you can

What You’ll Find

  • Appetizers: Jalapenos do well fried and paired with cream cheese.
  • Garden Tips: How to choose and grow your own peppers.
  • Canning: All hot peppers do beautifully pickled and waterbath canned.
  • More Recipes: Breads, sandwiches, and more for when you just need to use a few.

Appetizers With Hot Peppers

Heat meets flavor in this section. Fry them, stuff them with cream cheese, and even spice haters will love what you’ve made. This is a great way to turn a garden-grown veggie into something filling enough for a main course.

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Remember that cooked or pickled peppers won’t be very spicy, so even if you don’t like super spicy, you’ll probably like most of these.

Canning Recipes

Preserve the goodness of your garden with my collection of hot pepper canning recipes. These methods not only extend the shelf life of your hot peppers but also let you add just a bit of heat to any recipe.

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  • Crisp Pickled Jalapeno Slices are probably the most versatile way to preserve jalapenos, and I’ll show you how to keep them from getting mushy!
  • Sweet meets heat in Cowboy Candy, a treat that’s perfect on pizza, chili, or poured on a block of cream cheese.

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Growing Hot Peppers

Ready to turn your green thumb towards the spicy side of the garden? This section helps you pick the right pepper varieties and grow them up to harvest. Since most animals won’t eat them, they’re some of the easiest veggies to grow.

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More Recipes

A mixed recipe collection. From breads to main dishes, sometimes you just need a few hot peppers in your dish.

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None of these will help you process pounds and pounds of hot peppers, but if you have just a few, they’re perfect.

How spicy are jalapeno peppers, exactly?

Jalapenos have a bit of a kick but they’re not too crazy on the spice scale. They range from mild to moderately hot, so if you’re just getting into spicy foods, they’re a good start.

Can I grow jalapenos in a pot?

Absolutely, and they will do quite well, since they stay small. You might need a small support, like a cage, and stick to one plant per pot.

What do I do if my jalapenos are too spicy?

If you’ve got a batch of jalapenos that are too hot, try removing the seeds and the white membranes inside before using them. That’s where most of the heat lives. Cooking them will also tone down the spice a bit.

Handling Jalapenos Properly

When dealing with jalapenos, it’s crucial to protect your skin from the spicy oils.

Wearing gloves is the best defense against the capsaicin, which can cause irritation or a burning sensation if it comes into contact with your skin or eyes.

After handling jalapenos, make sure to wash your cutting board, knife, and gloves with soap and hot water to remove any lingering capsaicin oils. This simple precaution keeps the spice on your plate, not on your hands or face, allowing you to enjoy the heat where it belongs.

More Resources:

Are you getting excited about the world of gardening and living from scratch? Good! There’s so much to explore, and so many things to grow and good and preserve.

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I have pages like this for all my favorite garden-grown fruits and veggies if you want to explore around the blog a little more.

I hope you dive into those recipes, give growing them a shot, or just sprinkle some into your next meal. Jalapenos are here to make your food life a bit more exciting. So get them into your kitchen routine and see how they spice things up in the best way.

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