How to Can Jalapenos


We love Jalapenos because they add so much flavor to food.  Jalapenos can be very spicy, but by canning your own, you can control how spicy they are!  Then you can get the good flavor of the pepper without burning your tongue off……..


You will need:

2 pound jalapenos

7 cups vinegar 5% (you can use cider vinegar if you want it to be a bit sweeter)

1 3/4 cups water

2 1/2 Tbsp canning salt (the reason you use canning salt is that it won’t cloud in your jars like regular salt)

3 Tbsp celery seed

6 Tbsp mustard seed

6 Pint Jars


Step #1:

Wash peppers well and slice into ¼” thick slices. This is where you control the spice.  Make sure you wear gloves to do this step!  The more seeds you remove, the less spicy it will be and vice versa.  Once you get your Jalapenos sliced and seeded (you will lose seeds during the process as well) put them in a big bowl of ice water.  Put them in the fridge and let them soak for a day.


Step #2:

After one day, take them out and rinse them good.  You will lose more seeds during this step. IMG_1408


Step #3:

Place 1 tablespoon mustard seed and 1½ teaspoons celery seed in the bottom of each clean, pint jar. Pack rinsed pepper rings into the jars, leaving ½-inch headspace.

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Step #4:
Bring vinegar, water and canning salt to a boil over high heat. Once it boils, ladle over pepper rings in jars, leaving ½-inch headspace. Make sure pepper rings are covered with the vinegar solution.


Step #5:

Wipe rims of jars with a dampened, clean paper towel; apply two-piece metal canning lids. Process in a boiling water canner for:

10 minutes (Altitude of 0 – 1,000 ft)

15 minutes (Altitude of 1,000 – 6,000 ft)

20 minutes (Altitude above 6,000 ft)


Let cool, undisturbed, 12 to 24 hours and check to make sure the lid sealed.  Done!IMG_1429


We put these on sandwiches, 7-layer bean dip, pizza, in burritos, quesadillas – you name it and we probably put these on it!

How to Can Jalapenos


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It is in Step #4:
Bring vinegar, water and canning salt to a boil over high heat. Once it boils, ladle over pepper rings in jars, leaving ½-inch headspace. Make sure pepper rings are covered with the vinegar solution.


I can’t wait to try this recipe!!! How many plants do you think I would need to have enough to can a few jars? P.s…I love Fay’s Granny!!!! That’s the kind of woman I want to be when I grow up;)


Does the soaking in water work for cucumbers also? I can’t keep my pickles crisp no matter what I try.

What type of canner do you use (you mention a canner in step 5). Do you suggest using a pressure cooker? if so do you have any recommendations? I know nothing about canning vegetables, so any information will be helpful.

For canning jalapenos, you can just use a water bath because you are adding acid (vinegar) to your product. I pressure canner is for foods that do not have a high enough acid content ie: meat, green beans, squash, etc. If you think you are going to start canning a lot, then a pressure canner would probably be a good thing to purchase. If not, then you will be able to can most things in a water bath.

John Bilin

I always have so many Jalepenos left unused due to salsa ingredients not coming in at the same time. This I will try as I love Jalepenos on so many foods. Love the crisp crunch and heat.
Thanks for the posting.



I have no idea what a local extension service is…..but I processed them for 25 min and they all sealed and seem perfect. Sadly, I didn’t wear my gloves during the canning process, thinking I wouldn’t really be touching the jalapenos. (I did touch them a little). And I ended up with severe Jalapeno burns that lasted 14 hours. It was terrible. Next time I will heed your caution and wear them constantly! Thanks for the recipe!


My mother and I can hot pepper relish every other year. We always wear two latex gloves on each hand but they still leak occasionally. In the event that you get an acid burn from the peppers, soak you hands in milk. It pulls out the heat.


This looks great! I’m trying your recipe tonight! I was wondering how long you have to leave these before you eat them? On another canning recipe for jalapenos, I read you needed to leave them for 6 weeks before eating. Thanks!

nancy thames

To water bath food you need a pot large enough to set your jars in with plenty of room above the jars for water to cover and not boil over. Have your water boiling hot, set your hot jars in the water and make sure the jars are covered. Set your timer. When the timer goes off take the jars out and they will seal.


Just to check, these don’t taste vinegary like pickles? I don’t want to make just pickled jalapenos, but need a great way to store my bounty :) Otherwise this sounds perfect and easy to do when I do make my pickles, I can throw these jars right into the water bath.


Ball canning makes a product called pickle crisp. That’s all I use when canning. Makes the crispest pickles! You just add it to the jars before canning.


Jamie I am canning cucumbers as we speak. I use Mrs. Wages pickling lime to make mine crunchy. You soak them in lime and water.. then rinse 3 times then soak in ice water for 3 hrs. Mine are soaking now and are super crisp!!


Natalie. Great recipe. I had a similar recipe and added 4 TBS of honey to the brine. They were spicy, slightly sweet andcrunchy. Have you tried anything similar with your recipe?


Hi. Thanks for the recipe. About how many would you think 2 lbs of jalapeños is? I have them from the garden and I do not have a kitchen scale.


Alison, if you are planning on canning more, you can find a relatively cheap water bath canner in the $20+ range at Amazon, WalMart, etc. that is perfect for this process.


How long do the jalepanos last in the jars? A few months or a year. I do a lot of canning for Christmas gifts & I like to add a use by date. Thank you.

to leave core/seeds/and skin on apple. Would it possibly be the seeds (i.e., peitcn?) that would have caused it to solidify instead of remaining like apple sauce/butter? I also used apple cider vinegar. Thank you -

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I have 5 jalapeno plants this year and have gotten nearly 5 gallons of peppers so far and they are still loaded with small peppers and blooms.


Both my grandma’s and my mother canned I have been learning to do it so I thought I have so many jalapenos in my garden and I love peppers so what better way to save them. My mom has did pickles and they do tend to get a little soft so I will tell her about soaking them in ice water great idea I have my peppers soaking right now there is nothing better than opening a jar of something fresh in the winter thanks for the recipe


I use this recipe for whole jalepenos and sweet cherry peppers. The only thing I do differently is I ad one crushed clove of garlic in each jar.

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