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Jalapeño Cowboy Candy

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Hello, and thanks for stopping by! Looking for a super easy, super tasty way to best use those extra jalapeños from your garden? Then stop right here, because Jalapeño Cowboy Candy is just the ticket!!

No canning involved, either!! So no fretting or worrying.

Slice those babies up, add the rest of my ingredients into a saucepan, and you’re almost there!!!




It’s so easy it’s almost like magic!!

Just a FEW easy steps, and you’ve got a wonderful, sweet and spicy treat that has ENDLESS uses!!




Besides just topping toasted baguettes or crackers with cream cheese and these sweet/hot candied peppers, you can also place them on top of burgers, brats, chili dogs, pizza, southwestern salads, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, soups, stews and chilies, and whatever else you can think of that you might like to spike!

Some people even like them on vanilla ice cream….but I don’t know about that one.

You first.



But I think they’d actually even be good stashed inside a garlic bologna sandwich! Now that would be a fun way to give a plain ol’ boring sandwich a nice little kick!



These really only take minutes to make, and are a really cool gift at Christmastime or as a hostess gift! For jalapeño lovers, this makes for a nice birthday present, too!

Who doesn’t love homemade gifts in a jar, right?

Nothing better than receiving love from someone’s kitchen picked fresh from their own garden!




These will last for months and months kept in the fridge, too! Some claim they will keep for only 3 months, but I’ve had a jar or two last even longer than that! One almost 6 months, actually.

A jar that had somehow gotten pushed to the back corner and neglected. Believe me…that will never happen again!

This recipe comes with a warning though, these little buggers are addictive!! You’ll be sneaking them into everything!!

So don’t wonder what to do with that last peck of fresh picked peppers, pickle them, Peter Piper! Sorry. I couldn’t stop myself.

Have a wonderful week! And enjoy!!



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If you enjoyed this recipe, you might also enjoy my
Spicy Beer Battered Jalapeño Bottle Caps & Sriracha Sour Cream!




Cowboy Candy
Yield: 4 pint-sized canning jars

Cowboy Candy


  • 3 lbs. fresh jalapeños
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 6 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cajun seasoning such as Slap Ya Mama


  • Wearing gloves, slice the stems off of the jalapeños, then slice each into 1/4 - 1/3" thick slices. Set aside.
  • In a large pot, bring the cider vinegar, sugar, turmeric, celery seed, garlic, cayenne, and cajun seasoning to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the jalapeño pepper slices and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the peppers into clean sterile canning jars leaving a 1/4 of an inch at the top of the jar.
  • Turn the heat up, bring the syrup to a full rolling boil, and boil for 6 minutes. Carefully pour the syrup over the peppers in the jars, still leaving a 1/4 of an inch from the top. Make sure that there are no air pockets. (*Insert a cooking chopstick to the bottom of the jar two or three times to release any trapped pockets of air.) Wipe off the rims of the jars with a damp paper towel, and place lids on the jars. Let cool on the counter.
  • You can store these in the refrigerator or complete the canning process so that they're shelf stable. Either way they need to mellow for at least *two weeks* before eating.
  • To complete the canning process, place the jars into a large pot of hot water, covered by 2 inches. Bring the water to a full boil and boil for 10 minutes for half pints, and 15 minutes for pints. When the time is up, transfer the jars to a cooling rack. Leave them to cool, undisturbed, for 24 hours.
  • *If you have leftover syrup, save it! Just pour it into a little jar, and refrigerate it. It’s wonderful brushed onto meat on the grill, (especially wings!), or added to potato salads, cole slaws, and salad dressings! Let it mellow out first before using, though, unless you're going for hot!



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    Alice l brashears

    Thursday 29th of August 2019

    Love your page

    Marla Zornow

    Sunday 7th of October 2018

    I am obsessed with Cowboy Candy!! I literally put it on EVERYTHING!! But have not made my own yet, and am looking at recipes to do so.because i am almost out. Although the peppers are candied they are still too hot!! I chop all of them in a little Ninja Chopper I have and make relish out of the whole jar, that makes them easire to eat and not so hot.....I highly suggest that Cowboy Candy try that.


    Tuesday 4th of September 2018

    Shame on me for not posting that follow-up. This recipe is the bomb! Every chili head that has eaten it, loves it. Almost ready to do this year's batch but needed to review the recipe. Also, I used a hand-held mandoline which saved a ton of slicing. They are much thinner than Kelly's but still work very well. Also, I froze the extra liquid to use as a great marinade for pork tenderloin.


    Sunday 15th of October 2017

    After a banner year for our jalapenos here in downeast Maine, it's time to get some processed. It's worth noting they are the HOTTEST jalapenos we ever grew. We're going to try your recipe today, and I'll post a follow-up in a couple weeks when we try them and add a rating. Thanks for the post. First time to your site. Won't be my last.


    Sunday 15th of October 2017

    Funny, the same thing happened to us!! MAN were they ever hot this year! My hubby was able to eat whole rings on everything from sandwiches to pizza and tacos, but I had the chop mine up a little, lol! Not as hot as fresh, but still packed a punch! Hope you enjoy! And welcome!! :)

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