10 Irresistible Jalapeno Recipes (2022)

Here are all the best jalapeno recipes to make with this spicy pepper! Jalapeño adds a bright zingy flavor and a kick to everything it touches.

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Got some jalapeño peppers? This small and mighty pepper is one of the tastiest around. Not only does it bring a kick of heat to recipes, it adds a bright zingy flavor that’s hard to replicate with any other ingredient. This medium-sized pepper was originally cultivated in Mexico, so it’s often associated with Mexican cuisine.

Here are all the best jalapeno recipes to make with these tasty peppers! You can pickle them as a topping for tacos and nachos, make them into a spicy margarita, or of course use them in the most classic fresh salsa and guacamole. Let’s get cooking!

And now…the best jalapeno recipes to try!

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Pickled Jalapeños

At the top of our jalapeno recipes: pickled jalapeños! This recipe is so easy and a great way to use up a load of peppers. It takes only 10 minutes of hands on time, and the flavor? Explosively good! These pickled jalapeños have a tangy pop; they’re like a heightened version of the ones you can get at the store. Eat them on chili, quesadillas, tacos, nachos, pizza, and more.

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Incredible Jalapeno Pizza

Thisjalapeñopizza recipe will be a hit if you love the bright zingy flavor of this mighty pepper! Instead of a tomato sauce or even a white sauce, this pizza has a base of tangy salsa verde! Pair the heat of the jalapeno with savory zucchini, bright sweet corn, and gooey cheese, and it’s a uniquely delicious pie that you’ll fall head over heels for.

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Jalapeño Margarita

Want to heat up your cocktail repertoire? Meet the Jalapeno margarita! This jalapeno recipe takes theclassic margaritaand shakes it up with a few jalapeño pepper slices. The pepper adds a kick that takes this favorite drink to new heights! At first sip it tastes crisp and tart, and then POW! It’s got just the right amount of heat to mix things up, but not so much that it’s throat burning.

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The BEST Salsa

Another one of the classic jalapeno recipes for using up those spicy peppers: salsa! What is the best salsa recipe? This one, we think. There are so many different types — and as avid salsa lovers, Alex and I are fans ofall of them. We’ve made just about every type of salsa imaginable:fresh salsa,red salsa,tomatillo salsa,mango salsa, peach salsa: you name it! This one, though is the BEST, starringfresh garden tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, cilantro, and lots of lime.

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Zesty Green Goddess Dressing

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Here's an unlikely jalapeno recipe: Green Goddess dressing! This one is a healthy, Mexican-vibed spin on the classic. Making your own salad dressing is easy, you know exactly what it’s made of, and it tastes incredible! This one features cilantro, green onion and jalapeño add a zesty flair. Hold onto your hats, because this zesty homemade dressing is drop dead delicious.

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Simple Guacamole

The other classic jalapeno recipe: Guacamole! Guacamole is likepotato saladandcoleslaw: everyone has their family favorite recipe. And this simple guacamole is ours. It’s a home run every time! When we serve it, a chorus of “Wow’s” fill the room. (Really. Not hyperbole!) What makes it so great? It’s classic and has the perfect balanced flavor: perfectly savory, creamy, and tangy. Serve it up with tortilla chips and your guests — and you — won’t be able to stop eating it.

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Spicy Bloody Mary

Love spicy drinks? Us too. So why not heat up your brunch cocktail routine with aspicy Bloody Mary? This jalapeno recipe is a spin on the classic with just the right amount of heat in each sip. It’s savory, tangy and salty, not overwhelmingly spicy but with a decided kick on the finish! The pizzazz comes from two ingredients: fresh jalapeño slices and Tabasco sauce. Take a sip and the jalapeño fills the front end and the hot sauce kicks in a zing at the finish.

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Cuban Black Beans

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Here's a tasty jalapeno recipe that's a filling plant based meal: Cuban black beans! They're saucy and rich, and you'll find they taste just as good as restaurant-style! They're sauteed with a little butter, green pepper, onion and jalapeno pepper into a creamy savory mess. Serve with rice for a simple dinner.

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Texas Caviar (Cowboy Caviar)

Here’s a jalapeno recipe with a party vibe:Texas caviar! Cowboy caviar, as it’s also known, was invented in Texas and has now spread all over the US. This combo of black eyed peas, veggies and a vinaigrette dressing is equal parts zesty and comforting: and you can use it as a dip or healthy side dish. Our favorite recipe has loads of colorful veggies, cilantro and jalapenos, and a simple zingy dressing with the perfect flavor.

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Best Pico de Gallo

Got jalapeno peppers? Let’s make pico de gallo! There’s something so carefree about munching on pico and chips. If you’ve got ripe tomatoes, pico is the perfect place to use them. Use it as a salsa with tortilla chips, use it on top of grilled fish, or of course, throw it into a taco. Here are all the secrets to how to make this classic Mexican sauce.

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Loaded Nachos

Last up in our jalapeno recipes...nachos! These loaded grilled nachos are a perfect grilling recipe to wow a crowd for entertaining. The grill brings a smoky, charred flavor to the nachos and they look stunning in a cast iron skillet. You can also make them in the broiler, too! The way the smoky grilled jalapeno and bell peppers infuse flavor into the entire pile of nachos is simply stunning.

How hot is a jalapeno pepper?

The jalapeno pepper is a medium spicy pepper. The heat rating is 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville heat units (SHU). Here’s where it stacks up against other types of peppers:

  • Green pepper:No spice
  • Anaheim pepper:Very mild
  • Poblano peppers:Mild
  • Jalapeno peppers:Medium hot
  • Serrano peppers:Hot
  • Cayenne:Very hot
  • Habanero:Extremely hot
  • Ghost pepper:Outrageously hot


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Add big flavor to your meals with these easy homemade pickled jalapeños! With only 10 minutes hands on time, they add a tangy kick to tacos and chili.

  • 5 to 6 medium jalapeño peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoonskosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  1. Wash a wide-mouth pint mason jar and and its lid in hot soapy water. Then rinse and let air dry.
  2. Thinly slice the jalapeño peppers. Fill the jar with the slices.
  3. Peel the garlic cloves, leaving them whole. In a small saucepan, combine the garlic, vinegar, water, sugar,kosher salt, peppercorns and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar and salt (this will take only a few minutes).
  4. Once boiling, pour the brine into the jar (including the bay leaf). Tap the jar on the counter to release any air bubbles. Discard any remaining brine, or top off the jar with extra water if any peppers are exposed at the top.
  5. Screw on the lid tightly and allow to cool to room temperature (about 1 hour). Eat immediately, or refrigerate until serving. Keeps up to 1 month refrigerated.
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  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Pickled
  • Cuisine: Pickles
  • Diet: Vegan

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More pepper recipes

Love peppers in general? Here are a few more recipes to make with other types of peppers!

  • Roasted Shishito Peppers or Blistered Shishito Peppers Shishito peppers are best when they’re blistered! Cook these mild peppers in a hot skillet, then sprinkle with salt. Bet you can’t eat just one!
  • Quinoa Stuffed Peppers This vegetarian quinoa stuffed peppers recipe is a colorful and delicious healthy dinner, full of Mediterranean flavors like lemon, parsley and feta.
  • Grilled Peppers and Onion The perfect summer side dish! Fire up the grill for your main dish, and cook these on the side to make it a meal.


What can I do with a large batch of jalapeños? ›

One way to really extend the shelf life of your excess jalapeños is to dehydrate them. Use your dehydrator (or the oven method) to dry your peppers and enjoy them for months. Once you dry them, you can either store them as is or you can crush them into a powder that you can use in seasonings or rubs.

Can you freeze fresh jalapeños? ›

Frozen jalapeños can last for up to one year. When you need jalapeños for a recipe, simply remove the required amount from your freezer bags, reseal the bags with no air inside, and replace them in your freezer. You can cook frozen jalapeños right away or let them thaw to room temperature on a paper towel.

What to do with jalapeños when they turn red? ›

The only difference is that red jalapeños are fully ripe. Common jalapeno peppers will all eventually turn red if they are allowed to fully ripen. This occurs during the final jalapeño plant stages. If you want your peppers to be red rather than green, you can simply leave them on your plant for longer.

How do you preserve fresh jalapeños? ›

Place whole jalapeños in a paper bag and store them in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator until you're ready to use them. To store sliced or diced jalapeños in the refrigerator, keep them in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag with a paper towel to absorb excess moisture.

What can you do with a bumper crop of hot peppers? ›

Though not as prolific as zucchinis, pepper plants can produce a bumper crop.
Read on for three easy ways to capture all that deliciousness for stir-frys, stews, salsas and whatever else strikes your fancy.
  1. Freeze them. ...
  2. Jelly them. ...
  3. Dry them.

How do you preserve jalapeños without pickling them? ›

To dry jalapeno peppers using the classic method of air drying, all you need to do is place them on a wire rack in a room that is dry and well-ventilated. Make sure the entire surface area of the pepper has access to air to allow for even drying. You might need to turn them once a day in order to ensure this.

How do you preserve jalapeños in olive oil? ›

Once you have seasoned the peppers, place the slices into a clean, glass jar. Add enough olive oil to fully submerge the peppers, stirring to allow any trapped air to release. Note: Olive oil is not a true “preservation” method, as the peppers will only last for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

How long do jalapeños last? ›

Whole fresh jalapeño peppers keep for a few days in the pantry, and between a week and two in the fridge. They're quite similar to bell peppers in that regard. If you chopped or sliced the peppers, they should keep quality for about 2 to 4 days.

Are jalapeños good for you? ›

Jalapeños are rich in vitamins A and C and potassium. They also have carotene -- an antioxidant that may help fight damage to your cells – as well as folate, vitamin K, and B vitamins. Many of their health benefits come from a compound called capsaicin.

Can dogs eat jalapeños? ›

Dogs cannot eat jalapeños without experiencing adverse side effects from the hot peppers. Jalapeños are not toxic to dogs, but they can harm your dog's health. The capsaicin in jalapeños (which gives them their spicy flavor) can cause stomach upset and other digestive issues for your canine friend.

What goes good with jalapeno peppers? ›

Bacon, beans, beef, chicken, chorizo, cotija cheese, cream cheese, eggs, fish, goat cheese, pasta, pork, rice, scallops, seaweed, shrimp, sour cream, tempeh, tofu, turkey, wasabi.


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