Candied Jalapenos (AKA Cowboy Candy)

June 14, 2019

These quick Candied Jalapenos are the perfect combination of spicy and sweet. Also known as Cowboy Candy, they’re easy to make and oh-so delicious. They’re perfect on top of BBQ, salads, sandwiches, and more! One bite and you’ll be hooked!

Candied Jalapeno Peppers (AKA Cowboy Candy)

Candied jalapeno peppers are a great way to turn spicy jalapenos into sweet bite-sized treats that still bring the heat. I personally find myself growing a couple jalapenos in the garden each year just so I have an excuse to make these! They’re also known as Cowboy Candy, and it’s no surprise why. These jalapenos are sweet, spicy, and delicious, and I eat them faster than a kid eats his Halloween candy.

Jalapenos are a spicy pepper that are bursting with flavor, so they’re perfect to be pickled and sweetened up. By boiling them with sugar and vinegar, you create a beautiful balance between sweet, spicy, and acidic. Even though they’re still spicy (and they’re supposed to be!), they now have a sweet flavor that makes them more manageable (and crazy addictive!).

Quick Candied Jalapenos

When preserving vegetables, I often go the “quick” method, by using acidic liquid to pickle them and store them short-term in the refrigerator. Sliced jalapenos are delicate, so a quick canning method works best to help them retain their shape and crispness.

Once cooked and cooled, these jalapenos are delicious on just about anything. Since we’re in the business of BBQ, I serve these with just about anything I smoke or grill. I also stick them on sandwiches, nachos, burritos, tacos, and so much more. If you’re planning on taking an appetizer to a party, grab some cream cheese and chips and serve these candied jalapenos on top of the cream cheese for a sweet and spicy dip.

Honestly, the possibilities are endless for quick candied jalapenos, and since they take less than 30 minutes to make, I bet you’ll be making them all. the. time.

candied jalapenos on a fork in a glass mason jar

How to Make Candied Jalapenos

Making candied jalapenos is super quick and easy. Follow these 4 steps, and you’ll be snacking on this sweet and spicy goodness soon!

  1. Slice the jalapenos. Make sure to remove the stem, and slice your jalapenos into rings.
  2. Bring to a boil. Combine the jalapenos, water, sugar, vinegar, salt, and celery seeds in a medium-sized saucepan at medium heat and bring everything to a boil.
  3. Simmer. Reduce the heat and allow everything to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Cool and store. Remove your saucepan from the stove and set aside to cool. Once cooled, transfer everything to a lidded glass jar or container. Candied jalapenos can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Tips for Making Candied Jalapenos

Even though this recipe is already easy and fast, here are some handy tips to keep in mind as you’re making these tasty treats.

  • Serve in a bowl. When serving these jalapenos with a BBQ platter, put them in a bowl with some of the liquid. This keeps them contained without the spice seeping through everything else on your platter.
  • Switch up the heat. You can decrease the spiciness of these jalapenos by removing the seeds before boiling. If you’re wanting to make some candied peppers that aren’t as spicy, substitute the jalapenos for cocktail bell peppers or banana peppers.
  • Reuse the liquid. Once you’ve eaten all those tasty jalapenos, don’t throw out the liquid! Add a little (or a lot!) of it to some of your homemade BBQ sauce to give your sauce an extra kick of heat.

Recipes Using Candied Jalapenos

Candied Jalapenos are delicious with so many different foods. They’re a must-have on the side of all my BBQ platters. They’re also amazing on the side of these tasty recipes. You’ve just gotta try them!

Simple Smoked Pulled Pork
Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos
Texas Style Smoked Beef Brisket

Candied Jalapenos (Cowboy Candy) Recipe

Follow the recipe, and I’ll teach you the simple steps to making your own candied jalapenos (cowboy candy) at home. Hey Grill Hey is dedicated to help you make better BBQ, feed the people you love, and become a backyard BBQ hero. You can find more of my smoking and grilling recipes and videos on YouTubeInstagram, or our Facebook Page.

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Candied Jalapenos
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

These homemade Candied Jalapenos are the perfect combination of spicy and sweet. Also known as Cowboy Candy, they're easy to make and oh-so delicious. They're perfect on top of BBQ, salads, sandwiches, and more! One bite and you'll be hooked!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Candied Jalapenos, Cowboy Candy
Servings: 16
Calories: 2 kcal
Author: Susie Bulloch (
  • 10 to 12 jalapenos sliced into rings
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. 

  2. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes.

  3. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

  4. Transfer to a lidded glass jar or container and store for up to 2 weeks.

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15 thoughts on “Candied Jalapenos (AKA Cowboy Candy)

          1. When using the water bath do you use the liquid you cook them in? Or make an additional batch to fill the jar with? I want to do this and wondering if anyone has tried canning them. How did they turn out? How long did you process them for? TIA!!!

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