Ridiculously Easy Jalapeño Pickles
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Ridiculously Easy Jalapeño Pickles

I like my jalapeños HOT, so I add red pepper flakes to keep them that way after pickling. But for a milder flavor, skip the red pepper and add 2 teaspoons of sugar to the vinegar mixture. You can also try removing some of the hot seeds by covering the jalapeño slices with water and agitating them. Be sure to let them dry before putting them into jars.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Condiments
Servings: 24
Author: Susan Voisin


  • 8 ounces jalapeño peppers approximate (number will depend on size of peppers)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar or more cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced in half lengthwise
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional


  • Prepare jars and lids by cleaning them well in hot water. One recipe will fill 2 8-ounce jars or 1 16-20 ounce jar, approximately.
  • Wearing protective gloves, slice the peppers about 1/4-inch thick; discard the stem ends. Pack the pepper rings into jars.
  • Place remaining ingredients into a non-reactive saucepan and heat until it comes to a full boil.
  • Pour the vinegar mixture over the peppers until it covers them, and arrange the garlic slices on top. Seal the jars and allow them to come down to room temperature before refrigerating. You can use them immediately, but the flavor will mellow a little if you let them rest for a couple of days.
  • Jalapeno pickles should keep in the refrigerator for several weeks. Discard if any signs of mold appear.