Candied Jalapenos (Cowboy Candy)

Oh my gracious.

Wow, are these good. So good in fact, I made myself sick eating them and one of my coworkers now has mouth sores from eating so many at one time.  Alright, maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but her mouth does burn.

Sorry, girls.

I was a bit intimidated at first because I had never canned (or jarred) anything before and it seems so….complicated. But I wanted to make them so bad, and it is SO not complicated! I’ve made three batches now and it’s a cinch.

If you are a jalapeno fan, you will absolutely LOVE, INHALE, and forever CHERISH these pretty little gems. Ok, maybe not cherish them since you’ll be eating them, but you could cherish the recipe.


Candied Jalapenos (Cowboy Candy)

Candied Jalapenos (Cowboy Candy)

Jalape├▒os sliced and candied with white sugar and apple cider vinegar. Addictive - Be safe.


  • 3 lbs. fresh jalapenos, deseeded and deribbed
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 6 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 3 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper


Wearing gloves, cut the stems from the jalapenos and discard.Slice into uniform discs and set aside.

In a large pot, bring the vinegar, sugar, turmeric, celery seed, garlic and cayenne to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, then add the pepper slices and simmer for another 4 minutes.

Transfer the peppers to sterile canning jars to within 1/4 inch of the rim.

Bring the heat back up to a boil and boil hard for 6 minutes

Pour the syrup into the jars and insert a cooking stick to release any trapped air. Pour more syrup if you need to, ensuring that it's full to 1/4" of the rim. (Yes, I know the picture below does not depict that, but hey - a girl's gotta snap a picture when she can).

Wipe the rims and place clean two-piece lids on the jars.

I found it on Tasty Kitchen by Rebecca from Foodie With Family – and – here’s the link.

Sweet and hot. Such a fabulous combination.

Oh, and look what I did (this is only one example of what I’ve been throwing these on)….


This is my Salisbury Steak with Balsamic Gravy topped with the pretty little things.



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  • Reply
    March 3, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Holy cow these look so delicious!! Saw them on pinterest and now I simply must try to make them!

  • Reply
    Rick Rigler
    February 4, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    For the cowboy candy recipe how many jars do I need? And do you can them or just use it right away?

    Thanks – Rick

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    Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)
    November 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    I don’t know what to way. I’m in love with this! I must make them immediately!

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    November 12, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Confession: I’m just slowly getting myself used to spicy ingredients but these pictures are STUNNING and have me itchin’ to try the recipe. Kudos!
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    November 10, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    I made these today and boy are they hot! I’m kindof a wuss when it comes to spicy stuff, but I’ve got a few friends who will love to get them as a gift. I think next time I’ll de-seed them before throwing them into the syrup. Thanks for a twist on a tasty food!

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    Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos
    November 9, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Confession: I’m just slowly getting myself used to spicy ingredients but these pictures are STUNNING and have me itchin’ to try the recipe. Kudos!

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    Baker Street
    November 8, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Wow! I outta try this! Love how you paired it with the caramelized onions on steak!

    • Reply
      Dixie Chik
      November 8, 2011 at 9:23 PM

      It was outstanding! Thanks ­čÖé

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    [email protected] Jenn's Blog
    November 8, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Man o’ man. I can only imagine how AMAZING these are. I am t-totally hooked on jalapenos!

    • Reply
      Dixie Chik
      November 8, 2011 at 9:22 PM

      I’m hooked too! Try these, you’ll love them.

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