Pickled jalapenos are one of those Iittle extras that just make a dish pop and they’re crazy easy to make.

Jalapenos can be found fresh year-round at almost any grocery store and this quick homemade recipe for pickled jalapenos means they can enjoyed from the fridge all year long!

Pickled Jalapenos in a jar with jalapenos beside

Why We Love These!

These Pickled Jalapenos are so easy to make. They only take 2 minutes to cook, and then sit in the fridge!

You can add these to anything for an extra kick! Toss into a chili recipe, add to nachos and tacos, or put on a sandwich.

These pickled jalapenos taste way better than the store-bought kind. They’re fresh and crisp!

They’re also much less expensive than buying a jar of store-bought jalapenos.

Jalapenos in a bowl before making Pickled Jalapenos


JALAPENOS Use fresh, crisp jalapenos. Add chili peppers, bell peppers, habanero or banana peppers if you have them. I use a mandolin and always wear gloves. The oils in jalapenos can burn your skin if cutting many at once.

LIQUID Equal parts water/vinegar are used to pickle the peppers.

SEASONINGS Kosher salt and garlic cloves really add to the flavor of these pickled jalapenos!

If you’re a garlic lover, add more cloves of garlic. Fresh dill, peppercorns or other herbs and spices can be added as well!

Jalapenos with ingredients in a bowl to make Pickled Jalapenos

How to Pickle Jalapeños

This simple recipe will guarantee that pickled jalapenos will be ready anytime! Use a mandoline if you have one.

  1. Slice peppers ¼” thick. Slice garlic.
  2. Boil sliced jalapenos and garlic in water with vinegar and salt, per recipe below.
  3. Let cool completely in the refrigerator. For best results, let sit for two days before eating.
Pickled Jalapenos in a bowl before putting in a jar

Perfect Pickled Peppers

  • Wear gloves and be careful when cutting peppers!
  • Use fresh peppers that are clean and uniform in size.
  • For best results, use kosher salt instead of iodized table salt. Table salt may make the brine cloudy or change the color of the peppers.
  • Store your peppers in a clean mason jar or glass jar with a good seal.
  • Be sure to wait at least 2 days before opening the jar to give the peppers a chance to soak with the garlic in the brine.

How to Store Them

The best way to store pickled jalapenos is to keep them refrigerated so they stay fresh and crisp. Keep them immersed in the liquid they were cooked in in a mason jar or an airtight container. They will stay fresh and crispy for about 3 months if they last that long!

Use Pickled Jalapeños in These Dishes!

Pickled jalapenos add a little extra heat and acidic flavor to all kinds of Mexican dishes!

Did you try these Pickled Jalapenos? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!

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Quick Pickled Jalapenos

Pickled Jalapenos are crisp, fresh and full of heat!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Chill Time 2 days
Total Time 2 days 22 minutes
Servings 2 cups


  • 2 cups sliced jalapenos see note
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced
  • 2 teaspoon sugar optional


  • Slice jalapenos to 1/4″ thickness (I use a mandoline).
  • Bring water, vinegar, salt and sugar to a boil. Add jalapenos and garlic and let simmer 2 minutes.
  • Place in a jar and cool completely.
  • Refrigerate at least 2 days before eating.


Use caution and wear gloves while cutting jalapenos, the oils can burn your skin.
 Jalapenos will keep up to 3 months in the fridge.
5 from 9 votes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 33 | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 971IU | Vitamin C: 108mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American

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    1. I haven’t tried it Licinia, so I can’t say for sure but I don’t see why not! If it’s cucumbers I would let the brine cool first.

  1. got here looking for a recipe to pickle fresh jalapenos and habeneros, looks like an awesome site, can’t wait to start making some of these dishes!!

  2. I am going to make these sounds delish. My question is what kind of vinegar is ok to use? I am guessing just white? But can I use Apple or should I stick with just white Vinegar? I am only going to be adding the Garlic to these and can them so they will last a year. I will give them out at Christmas and that is 3 months away. Thoughts?

    1. For this recipe, I use white vinegar as listed in the ingredients, but you could use a different vinegar if you prefer. I have not tried canning this recipe and unfortunately am unable to say if this recipe is suitable for canning.

  3. Will definitely make this! Approximately how many peppers are needed for 2 cups sliced? Thanks for the great recipes!

    1. Hi Fern, that will depend on the size of the jalapenos you purchase. But there would approximately be 4-6 jalapenos in a cup.