Pickled Jalapenos (escabeche)

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These Mexican pickled jalapeno peppers, carrots, onions and garlic go with tacos, burritos or just about any Mexican dish you can think of.Pickled Jalapenos (escabeche)
Pickled Jalapenos (escabeche)

I love spicy food, but jalapenos just aren't something I use tons of at any one time. Since I feel a little odd just buying one pepper, the rest of the bag usually ends up going bad. After realizing how easy it is to make pickled jalapenos, I don't think I'll ever be running into a bag of half decomposed jalapenos at the bottom of my vegetable drawer again.

Tart and piquant, these pickles make an awesome snack with a frosty beer and can be used as a condiment for your favorite Mexican dish. I even like adding these to sandwiches like banh mi and tortas.

Pickled Jalapenos (escabeche)

I made a smallish portion for those of us with tiny refrigerators, but if you have the room, this is a great way to preserve that giant pack of jalapenos you picked up at Costco last week.


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1/2 cup
White vinegar
1/2 cup
Bay leaf
2 tablespoons
Kosher salt
2 teaspoons
Whole black peppercorns
2 teaspoons
Honey (optional)
Jalapeno peppers (sliced into 1/4" wheels) 
Carrot  (peeled and cut into 1/4" wheels)
Medium onion seeds (peeled and cut into 16 wedges)
6 cloves
Garlic, peeled


  1. Remove the seeds and white pith of the jalapeno if you want them less spicy
  2. Put all the ingredients in a non-reactive (stainless steel) saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Continue boiling until the jalapenos have gone from a vivid green to an earthy olive green. Turn the heat off and allow the jalapeno pickles to cool.
  3. These jalapeno pickles can be stored for a very long time in a sealed container in the fridge. Serve with tacos, nachos, or just about any of your favorite Mexican foods.

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