Spice up your life with these delightful candied jalapenos

Add some spice to your life with this sweet and spicy candied jalapenos recipe!


10-12 jalapenos
1/2 white onion
1 tbsp minced or chopped garlic
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp garlic salt



1. Slice 10-12 jalapenos to around 1/4-1/8 in (I’ve found that the thinner they are the more “candied” they get and therefore a little stickier and sweeter) and 1/2 white onion into thin strips around the same thickness as the jalapenos.

2. In a large saucepan, combine 2 cups white sugar, 1 cup apple cider vinegar, and 1 tsp garlic salt and heat while stirring until sugar dissolves and it starts to boil (about 2-3 mins.)

3. Add your jalapenos and onions to the pot and bring back to a rolling boil for 6 minutes.

4. Remove jalapenos and onions with a slotted spoon and put them into a glass jar or heatproof container.

5. Bring the leftover syrup back to a hard boil and let thicken up for 8-10 minutes. (optional: add a tablespoon of minced or chopped garlic for the last few minutes of your boil, allowing it to soften but not brown)

6. Carefully remove from heat and pour/spoon syrup over your jalapenos and onions, making sure they are all covered.  (You may have to push them down into the container with a spoon to make room and remove air bubbles, depending on the size of your container)

Let cool before refrigerating, and enjoy! (Personally, I love eating them on tortilla chips while they are still warm!)

They are good on pretty much everything! On chips, nachos, fish, pizza, dumped over a block of cream cheese with crackers, etc.

candied jalapenos
You can even use the spicy syrup in your margaritas!

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