Refrigerator pickled jalapeno peppers are spicy, tangy, and are EASY – no canning required. These crunchy pickled peppers make a great topping for nachos, hot dogs, enchiladas, tacos, and more!
This year we planted two new vegetables in our backyard garden – Boston pickling cucumbers and jalapeno peppers.
I read that the cucumbers were a high yield plant, so I had grand plans of filling my refrigerator with all sorts of homemade pickles. On the contrary, my expectations weren’t so high with the jalapenos. It would be fine by me if we produced just enough to spice up our semi-regular batches of homemade guacamole.
Because Mother Nature does what she wants, after a promising start our cucumber plant withered in spectacular fashion, growing…things that more closely resembled kiwanos than cucumbers. And our jalapeno plant? Super fruitful, of course!
Which is why instead of the homemade pickles of my dreams I’m sharing refrigerator pickled jalapeno peppers instead. 😉
One of the best parts of this recipe (in my opinion) is that it’s a quick refrigerator version of pickled jalapeno peppers. In just my last post for blueberry chia jam I talked about my inexperience with canning. Add pickled peppers onto that list of things I’ll eventually learn how to can.
But for now, I couldn’t be more pleased with this cheater’s “refrigerator” pickled jalapeno peppers recipe. Peppers go into the jar, the rest of the ingredients come to a boil on the stove top, and are then poured over the peppers in the jar. That’s it!
As time goes on, the jalapeno pepper slices will become tangy (thanks, vinegar and sugar!) and the spice will mellow slightly. Of course they’ll still be spicy, but it won’t be as sharp as biting into a raw jalapeno.
I was at the mercy of how many jalapeno peppers my plant had ready for me, so I left the quantity of jalapenos variable in the recipe card below. Basically all you want is for the liquid to completely cover the jalapenos and anything else you’ve got in the jar.
You’ll notice a few red pepper rings in the mix. Those are still jalapenos, just ones I left on the plant too long and have turned red as they’ve fully ripened. Whoops! They’re basically the same as the green jalapenos you’ll find, if not a little hotter, so no need to try and replicate how this batch looks exactly. They do add a colorful twist, though.
Besides jalapenos, I like the contrast a few non-spicy vegetables add to this pickled jalapeno peppers recipe. Diced onion and carrots did the trick in rounding out the flavor, and stood up to prolonged refrigerator pickling without becoming mushy.
As you can see above, the pickled peppers/onions/carrots combination makes a great hot dog/grilled sausage condiment, and are a zingy, fun topping to nachos, baked enchiladas, tacos, etc.
Those are the ways we’ve been enjoying them so far. Let me know if you’ve found other ways we should try out!
Refrigerator pickled jalapeno peppers recipe notes:
- Please use gloves when slicing the peppers. My motto with this is “better safe than sorry” as the seeds and oil can not only leave your skin with a burning sensation, but can accidentally transfer to your eyes if you absent-mindedly touch them afterwards. This is all especially true when handling a lot of jalapenos at a time like you will be in this recipe. Powder-free disposable gloves can be found in the cleaning aisle of your grocery store, usually in a pack of fifty. I use them when I’m making meatballs as I like to mix everything with my hands. Very useful!
- Ground turmeric is responsible for the golden hue of the pickling liquid. It adds an earthy tone that meshes well with the rest of the flavors going on here.
- The quantities of jalapeno peppers, onion, and carrots are flexible here. Use what you have – full-sized chopped carrots instead of baby, more onion, etc. Just make sure there is enough pickling liquid to completely cover everything.
Lastly, please remember this pickled jalapeno peppers recipe is the quick cheater’s version made in the refrigerator. These pickled peppers are meant to be stored in the fridge at all times. They’re not shelf-stable as traditionally canned versions would be. That said, these peppers should be just fine in the fridge for several weeks.
Refrigerator Pickled Jalapeno Peppers
- 8-10 oz jalapeno peppers, sliced
- 1/2 small onion, chopped
- 5 baby carrots, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup white vinegar
- 2 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black peppercorns
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/8 tsp ground turmeric
- Using disposable gloves, slice jalapenos, onion, and carrots and place in a large glass jar. Crush garlic and add to jar as well.
- Add water, vinegar, sugar, salt, peppercorns, oregano, and turmeric to a small saucepan set over high heat. Bring to a boil and stir so that sugar and salt are dissolved.
- Once boiling, carefully pour into the jar over the jalapenos/onion/carrots. Let jar sit out to cool down some for about 15-20 minutes, then place the lid on and refrigerate.
Base recipe adapted from allrecipes.
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