Cowboy Candy (Sweet Pickled Jalapenos)

Cowboy Candy  are sweet pickled jalapeno  pepper slices put up  in a  syrup. They are  wonderful on  their  own or  as a condiment.
Cowboy Candy (Sweet Pickled Jalapenos)

Cowboy Candy

By Sue Lau |  Palatable  Pastime

Cowboy Candy is my recipe  of the day.  No blogging group today. I  am here all by  my lonelies.  *LOL*

This recipe is essentially  sliced  jalapenos in  syrup. They are delicious. I love  these  on crackers  with either  soft cream cheese  or  soft  goat  cheese  (chevre). You can peek  at the  photos.

They are  also good  on  something where  you might add  sweet relish. Such as a hot  dog-  but want it  to  also be spicy.

Cowboy Candy (Sweet Pickled Jalapenos)

How spicy these  turn out depends on the jalapenos. Either way,  I would  cut out the seed core.  I  use a vegetable  parer to  poke  in there and turn around. Makes easy work  of it.

The  first time I tried these years ago, I didn’t take out the seeds. And while the  seeds are generally hotter, the seediness of that was just yuck. So since then I have removed those.

You  might also see  some of the peppers are  thinner. That’s  not  really an  issue. They are still good, thick  or thin. Some peppers are just  like that- and I think  it has to  do with rainfall  in  the growing  season. Which  can  also affect the  spice.

Some  peppers will be thicker and/or  fatter. It just depends  on the pepper.

If you find  your  peppers  too mild,  you can  always stir in  some cayenne  pepper or  ground jalapeno later. But I find  any batch  to  be at least  somewhat  spicy and  I don’t mind them on the mild side.

Cowboy Candy

Cowboy Candy (Sweet Pickled Jalapenos)

I made this  up  for just  one  jar  since  I can eat them right  away. No wait required. When I run  out  I can  just make another  one, since fresh jalapenos are at  the  market  all  year long.

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Cowboy Candy

Cowboy Candy (Sweet Pickled Jalapenos)

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course appetizers, Pantry
Cuisine American
Servings 1 pint


  • 1 pound fresh jalapenos (cored and seeded)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Cut the tops off the jalapenos and remove seed cores (I use a vegetable peeler to poke in and twist, then rinse them out).
  • Slice peppers into rings.
  • Bring all the ingredients except the peppers to a boil; cook two minutes.
  • Add the peppers and reduce heat; simmer gently for 6-8 minutes more.
  • Cool and place in a canning jar and refrigerate.
  • Ready to use pretty much right away.


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