Love pickled jalapeno peppers? This recipe and the instructions for canning jalapeno peppers is perfect for the beginner or experienced canners. With this jar-by-jar recipe, you can easily alter the recipe for as many peppers as you have.

My garden harvest was a little so-so this summer, which is partially due to the fact that we were gone for 3 straight weeks.  My sweet dad did everything in his power to battle the tenacious raccoon and voracious hornworm caterpillars, but there was not a lot he could do for the extreme temperatures. Our sprinkler system is automatic, but had we been here we might have increased the waterings during July’s heatwave.

All that to say, that while our late summer tomato and cucumber harvest hasn’t been much to crow about, our jalapenos, bell peppers and eggplant have really tried to fill in the gap.  

Pickled jalapeno recipe: colander of jalapenos

My most recent pepper haul was just shy of 1 pound, so I augmented with a few from our local Harris Teeter to make 1 pound. This recipe for Pickled Jalapeno Peppers easily lets me alter the recipe for as many peppers as I have.

If you are looking for a recipe for canning jalapeno peppers that allows flexibility for the number of jalapeno peppers you have, then this is it. It is similar to my Dill Pickles By the Jar Recipe in that you are able to can just what comes out of the garden, as it comes out!

Canning Jalapeno Peppers: jars of canned pickled jalapeno rings
Canning Pickled Jalapeno Pepper Rings

This recipe is perfect for canning jalapeno peppers which are barely sweet, spicy and delightfully HOT!

When canning, That Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving is my bible. Even if I think I could make the recipe in my sleep, I double-check myself against the Ball Book…that whole botulism thing. If you are new to canning, it should be your very first purchase. 

My cookbook library inventory recently expanded with the addition of The All New Ball Book Of Canning And Preserving: Over 350 of the Best Canned, Jammed, Pickled, and Preserved Recipes!

So, once you have your Little Slices of Hot as Hellfire AKA pickled jalapeno pepper rings, what will you do with them? I like mine on my nachos, either traditional nachos or pulled pork.  But they’re also good on tacos (I use them in my chile-braised short-rib tacos), Tex Mex rice bowls, and any number of sandwiches. I’d put them in a southwestern/Mexican salad for sure.  

Pickled jalapeno peppers: pickled jalapeno rings on nachos

This pickled jalapeno recipe is just a little too hot for me to eat right out of the jar, but my son, who has no concept of the Scoville scale of pepper hotness, has no problem with popping one or two right in his mouth.  It comes as no surprise that his favorite stocking stuffers are different varieties of hot sauce.  And his endorsement of these peppers carries A LOT of weight, so you know they’re good!

Canning Pickled Jalapeno Peppers, Jar by Jar

Canning Pickled Jalapeno Peppers, Jar by Jar

Yield: 2 pints
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

A pickled jalapeno pepper recipe with just the right amount of spice and a touch sweetness.


For Each Pint

  • 1/2 lbs. jalapenos, sliced into 1/8" slices
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or a combination of the two
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, optional

Add to each pint jar

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seed (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 whole garlic clove, peeled


Wearing rubber gloves, slice your jalapenos into 1/8" thick rounds. Discard the stem end.

If you will be water bath canning these pickled jalapenos, then prepare canner, jars, and lids. Wash your jars and lids. Sterilize your jars in a large pot filled with water. Bring the water to almost a simmer over medium heat. Keep the jars in the simmering water until you are ready to fill them. Use a jar lifter to remove them from the water when you are ready to fill them, dumping the hot water back into the pot when you remove each jar from the water. Right before you are ready to can, put your lids in a small pot or bowl with hot, but not boiling water. Put some additional white vinegar in a small bowl, alongside a clean washcloth or paper towel. Keep the water in your canning pot at a simmer while you fill your jar. See The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving for additional guidance

Combine the vinegar, water, & sugar in a saucepan and heat until just before it starts to boil.

Add the salt, pepper, cumin, mustard seed, bay leaf, & garlic to each jar.

Divide the jalapeno slices between each jar, packing them in compactly until jars are filled.

Pour the hot vinegar mixture into each jar, leaving 1/2" headspace. Insert bubble remover tool (or chopstick) down the side of each jar and press in toward the center to release any bubbles.

Clean jar rims with a wet paper towel, dampened with white vinegar.

FOR REFRIGERATOR PICKLED PEPPERS: Allow jars to cool to room temperature and then store in the refrigerator for at least 3 days before eating. The pepper slices will keep for several months.

FOR CANNED PICKLED PEPPERS: Process using standard USDA water process canning procedures.

Bring your large pot of water to a boil. The pot needs to be deep enough to hold enough water to cover the jars by 2".

After filling the jars as directed above, wipe your rims with white vinegar, apply the lids and rims, tightening the rims until just 'fingertip tight'.

Fingertip Tight means that you can tighten with your fingers only, that you won't use the palm of your hand or all of your fingers to tighten.

Place your jars in the canner, making sure the jars are completely covered with water by 2". Add additional boiling water as needed to raise the water level.

Cover canner and bring water to a gentle boil. Once water is boiling, process for 12 minutes, adjusting time as necessary for elevation. (see notes)

At the end of processing time, turn off the heat, remove the pot lid, and let the jars sit in the canner for 5 minutes.

Remove jars, keeping them upright as you transfer them to a rack. Allow the jars to cool completely, undisturbed, for 24 hours.

Refrigerate any jars that do not seal.

May be eaten within a few days, but best if allowed to marinate for several weeks.

Good for at least 1 year.


This recipe assumes some knowledge of proper and safe canning techniques. See The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving for guidance.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 20Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 37mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

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jars of jalapeno peppers

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  1. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    September 15, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Hooray! Found your email in my inbox just in time! I just got home from picking up my CSA and have about a pound of jalapeño! I’m thrilled because I’ve wanted to do this for so long! Thank you for your timely recipe and inspiration,, Lynn!

    • lynn

      September 17, 2015 at 6:31 am

      Traci, you are so welcome! I am so happy to have contributed in a wee bit to your kitchen inspiration! Enjoy your peppers!

  2. Quinn Caudill

    October 5, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Love pickled jalapeno’s. Yeah are garden is hard to take care of if you are gone 3 weeks. Know matter how hard your Dad tried. Pinned! Thanks for sharing with us at #Throwback Thursday link party. Please join us again next week and invite your friends to join. Thanks Quinn Dad Whats 4 Dinner

    • lynn

      October 5, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Thanks Quinn, see you next week.?

  3. Nicole

    September 3, 2020 at 8:37 am

    I am new to canning and I am excited to use this recipe for al the jalapeños we have been getting this season! Can you please tell me if I could use canning salt in place of kosher salt for this recipe. Thank you!

    • lynn

      September 3, 2020 at 1:43 pm

      Hi Nicole,

      Yes, you can substitute 1:1 the pickling/canning salt for the kosher salt!

      Happy Canning, my friend.



  4. Becky Semling

    September 28, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Do the jalapeños stay a little crunchy? My problem I’ve had in the past, they get soft and mushy. Any suggestions are much appreciated!

    • lynn

      September 29, 2020 at 9:56 am

      Good Morning Becky,

      If you want your jalapenos to stay crispy, then opt to do the ‘refrigerator’ version, which will not be shelf-stable. When they are water bath canned, they do ‘cook’ a little and so will not be very crisp. That being said, I don’t find the water bath canned ‘mushy’…but definitely not crisp and crunch…rather in between. I hope that helps.

      Hugs and happy canning!


  5. Kathleen Pope

    August 23, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    YUM! My boys will love this!

    • lynn

      August 25, 2021 at 8:25 am

      Oh good! A great way to preserve those abundant peppers.


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