Cowboy Candy (Pickled Jalapenos) Recipe

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Learn how to preserve your jalapenos all season long! This pickled jalapeno recipe is sometimes called Cowboy Candy – and for good reason, they’re hard to walk away from! 

This post is sponsored by Ball® Fresh Preserving.

Cowboy Candy (Pickled Jalapenos) 

These pickled jalapenos are one of the quickest to be eaten up recipes I’ve made in awhile! I have been having so much fun being a Ball® canning ambassador, having the opportunity to test new recipes each month and share them with you! 

Each month I get to pick from a selection of featured canning and preserving recipes to test out and share with all of you! If you have been a reader for a while, you might remember we did the summer canning series last year where I shared low sugar peach jam, rhubarb chutney (a serious winner!), and apple pie filling! 

This year I get to share even more recipes and tips and tricks with you! We started last month with peach and toasted almond jam. Did you have a chance to make it? We have completely eaten through our batch already. 


This month I’ve got a great way to enjoy your jalapenos! I feel that I should let you know, I don’t eat jalapenos! I have zero tolerance for spice! But after eating an entire jar of peach and toasted almond jam to myself, I figured it probably wouldn’t hurt to make something I wouldn’t want to gobble up! Bathing suit season and all… ;) 

Plus, my husband, Greg, absolutely loves jalapenos. He eats them like they are apples! Each day at “dinner” (which is actually lunch), he eats a jalapeno with his meal. Dinner often consists of a protein and grilled jalapenos and onions. So when I saw Cowboy Candy on the list of recipe options, I just had to give this a try! 


So what exactly is Cowboy Candy? 

  • Cowboy Candy is a sweet and tangy delight! Made with jalapenos, sugar, and vinegar! You really can’t go wrong. This delicious snack is a sweetened up version of a pickled jalapeno.

What ingredients are needed for Cowboy Candy? 

  • vinegar (ACV or white)
  • salt
  • sugar
  • garlic
  • turmeric
  • cayenne powder
  • mustard seeds
  • Jalapenos

How to enjoy Cowboy Candy: 

  • On Burgers
  • On Sandwiches 
  • On Charcuterie Boards 
  • As a pizza topping 
  • As a garnish with Mexican inspired dishes 
  • Anytime you need a little spicy garnish! 

If you’re new to canning, a pickling recipe is a great place to start! Pickling is really so easy, and the added vinegar makes safe canning a breeze! There’s really just a few simple steps to this making Cowboy Candy: 

  1. Prepare the brine. 
  2. Simmer the sliced jalapenos in the brine. 
  3. Can it all up, and process!

Here’s the full printable recipe for you to make this at home! For even more canning recipes, visit

Yield: Makes about 4 (16 oz) pint jars

Cowboy Candy Recipe

Canned jalapeños in Cowboy Candy recipe

These pickled jalapenos, also known as candied jalapenos, deliver a real punch of sweet heat! Outstanding on sandwiches, nachos, in tacos and topping chili. These will become a pantry staple! 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 50 minutes


  • 3 cups vinegar (ACV or white)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp cayenne powder
  • 2 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 4 pounds jalapenos, sliced into ¼ inch rings


  1. Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready to use, do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set aside with bands. 
  2. Combine all ingredients except jalapenos in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. 
  3. Add jalapenos slices, lower heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes, until jalapenos are dark green and have begun to absorb some of the brine. 
  4. Ladle hot jalapenos into a hot jar leaving a ½ inch headspace. Pour hot brine over jalapenos, maintaining a ½ inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar and apply band, adjust to fingertip tight. Place jar in boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.
  5. Process jars 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat, remove lid, let jars stand 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool 12-24 hours. Check lids for seal, they should not flex when center is pressed. 
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Category: Preserves

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