Take Taco Tuesday to the next level by adding some homemade pickled jalapeños. These tangy chilies will also bring oomph to your next grilled cheese and or jazz up your nachos.
You'll need glass mason jars which can be found hardware and craft stores. Be sure to sterilize them first in a pot of boiling water before you get started. These spicy pickled peppers start with boiling a mixture of water, vinegar, and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. The hot liquid gets poured over thinly sliced jalapeños before the jars are added to the fridge. It's that easy!
You can use your pickled jalapeños right away if you're in a rush, but a few days in the fridge cures them a bit and is worth the patience if you can muster it. The pickled jalapeños will last up to two months refrigerated, or you can use a hot water bath to can them for long term shelf stable storage.
We love keeping the fridge stocked with these, but homemade pickled jalapeños are also an easy homemade gift to give friends, family, teachers, and co-workers. Tie jars with decorative ribbon or cover tops with fabric for extra flair.
- 1/2 pound jalapeños (6 to 8 medium to large peppers)
- 1 small yellow onion (peeled and thinly sliced into rings)
- 1 garlic clove (peeled and cut in half)
- 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Gather the ingredients.
Thinly slice the jalapeños crosswise (do not remove the seeds). Divide the jalapeños and onion slices between the mason jars. Add a piece of garlic to each jar.
In a small pot, combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, and 1 cup of water over medium-high. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, over a vigorous simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes.
Evenly pour the vinegar mixture over the jalapeños, onions, and garlic.
Let the jars sit, uncovered, until cooled. Pickled jalapeños can be used at this point, or you can cover them with the lids and rings and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
- Spice Up Salad Dressings: Don’t dump that pickling liquid! Swap out some of the vinegar in your favorite salad dressing and use an equal amount of the brining liquid from these pickled jalapeños for jazzed up salad dressing.
- Zingy Aioli: Finely chop some pickled jalapeños and stir into mayonnaise for a spicy upgrade on your next sandwich.
- Get creative with fresh and dried herbs. Try allspice berries, cloves, fresh ginger, or even star anise to add your own spin on this spicy condiment.