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Candied Jalapenos

Candied jalapeños are sweet, hot, and delicious.  Pour on top of cream cheese as an appetizer or use as a condiment for almost anything.
Prep Time50 mins
Cook Time10 mins
process time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: preserving
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied jalapenos, canning recipe for jalapenos, cowboy candy, sweet and spicy jalapenos
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Katie Shaw


  • Water bath canning equipment
  • Mason jars


  • 3 pounds of jalapeno peppers sliced into 1/4 inch rings (equals 8 cups of sliced jalapeños)
  • cups white vinegar
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ginger


  • Make the syrup. Combine vinegar, sugar, and spices in a large stockpot or high-sided sauté pan.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce to low and simmer until the liquid reduces into a sticky syrup, about 5 to 7 minutes.  
  • Cook the jalapenos in the hot syrup.  Increase heat to medium-high until mixture boils, then reduce to a simmer.  Simmer for five minutes.  Jalapeños will change color and seem less bright green.
  • Process jars for 10 minutes. Ladle into hot, clean half-pint jars with the help of a funnel.  Clean the rims of the jars before putting the lids on, and turn them to fingertip tight,  Lower into boiling water in a water bath canner and process for ten minutes.  
  • Cool and store. Remove from canner and place on a dishtowel to cool at room temperature until lids are sealed.  After 24 hours, store in a dark place for up to 1 year.  



If you don't want to can:   Simply ladle the cowboy candy into clean jars, twist lids on, and allow to cool to room temperature.  Refrigerate for up to 3 months.
Wear gloves while handling such a large amount of fresh jalapenos. 


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 733IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg