Homemade Pickled Jalapenos, Quick and Easy

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What better time of the year to prepare pickled peppers than the end of Summer, when the peppers are in their last stage of maturity, bright and full of flavor. This recipe is similar to the one for the Pickle Habaneros that I posted last year. It is really easy to make and you can take advantage of the bounty of summer’s end, adding other types of vegetables like cauliflower, corn on the cob cut in pieces, zucchini in cubes, potatoes, and the like.
In Mexico, we also know these pickled peppers as “Chiles en Escabeche”, “Chiles en Vinagre” or “Chiles Curtidos”. And are a great companion in our sandwiches-tortas.
Make a large batch to give away as a gift for your friends and relatives that enjoy some spiciness in their lives.

Jalapeños en Vinagre
  • 2 Lbs. Jalapeño Peppers sliced*
  • 2 cups of carrots peeled and sliced**
  • 1 large white onion cut in large pieces
  • 12 Garlic cloves
  • 2 cups of white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • 4 Bay leaves
  • 4  springs fresh thyme or 1 1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 2 springs fresh marjoram or 1 1/2 teaspoon dry marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper corns crushed
  • 1 Teaspoon  Allspice berries crushed
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Glass jars with lids
* If you prefer to use the Jalapeño Peppers whole, make sure to make a small incision using a paring knife to avoid having them burst in the middle of the cooking process.
** You can slice the carrots in any way you want, as long as they have a uniform size in order to cook evenly.
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1. Gather all your ingredients as indicated in the list above since this is a quick process. Wash and sterilize the Glass Canning Jar , dry completely and have then ready.
2. Heat the olive oil in a non-aluminum pot in a medium high flame.
3. Add the carrots and stir cook for about 4-5 minutes, since they take longer to cook than peppers.  Do not over-cook the vegetables, they have to have some crunchiness at the end.
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4. After that time, add the jalapeños, garlic and onion. If you’re adding other types of vegetables, add them at this time. Cook, stirring frequently for another 7 minutes.
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5. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
6. Divided evenly between the jars. Let stand until cool. Cover and refrigerate.Jalapeños en Vinagre Pickles8
The jalapeño pickles can be kept in the refrigerator up to a month.
¡Buen provecho!


  1. these look good, wish I liked pickles

  2. wow, thats one flavorsome pickle!! I am learning quite a lot about mexican cooking from you mely :)

  3. I bet those are some spicy jalapenos with their white lines!

    1. Hello Chris,
      Indeed they are spicy. Those peppers with the white lines or veins are my favorite.

  4. Excellent recipe! Mucho Gracias!

  5. So much better than store-bought! We have jalapenos in the garden... I may have to make a few jars :)

  6. Querida Mely,
    después de varios años tengo jalapeños en mi balcón, así que podría ser muy buena idea preservarlos de esta manera.

    Luego te dirè.

    Un abrazo

    1. Hola Flavio,
      Felicidades por la cosecha de jalapeños, yo trate por varios años y me di por vencida. Pero los del mercado de agricultores de los Sabados estan muy buenos. Acabo de ir esta mañana a comprar más para hacer una segunda sesión de curtidos.

      Saludos y te mando un abrazo,

  7. these pickled jalapenos are to die for,we use them in everything from pizzas to mac and cheese...loved this quick version...can't wait to try it out,thanks for sharing :-)

  8. Is there a way to make these with a shelf life not just a month in the refrigerator?

    1. Hello Kim Martinez,

      Yes, after the peppers are done place them in clean jars and proceed to do some canning. The easier way is buying canning jars and lids, and boil the jars. There are a lot of resources online to help you with this step.


    2. I was wondering if we could do a hot water bath after for canning. Thanks.

  9. I've made them twice. The first time they came out well. This recent batch tastes fine but the liquid came out very cloudy.

  10. Bernadette MunozMay 16, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    I love all your recipes! I just made a batch of these for my husband. I think he's going to love them!! Muchas gracias!

    1. Thank you for visiting!
      Happy cooking!


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