Ever been to a nice taqueria and wondered why their pickled jalapenos were so much better than the ones you got from the grocery? Me too. I looked into making jalapenos in the taqueria style. Turns out they are more than just chilis vinegar, and salt.

I’m so glad I went down this rabbit hole. These savory, spicy, and slightly sweet pickled jalapenos are perfect for everything Mexican, or just as a spicy snack.

Since I made them I find myself grabbing a fork, and fishing a few out of the jar almost every time I go into the kitchen.

I’m excited to share this recipe for pickled jalapenos with you all.

Taqueria Style Ingredients

  • 7-8 Medium to Large Jalapenos
  • 3 Mini Sweet Red or Yellow Bell Peppers
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion
  • 5 Cloves Chopped Garlic

    Brine Ingredients
  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • Filtered or Bottled Water about 1 cup
  • 1 tbsp. Oregano
  • Black Pepper Corns, about 1 tsp.
  • 1 tbsp. Kosher Salt
  • 3 tbsp. Sugar

Preparing The Chilis and The Veggies.

We begin by slicing the peppers, and carrots into 1/4 inch ‘coins’. Next slice the onion into roughly 1/4 inch x 2-3 inch pieces.

Collect all the peppers into a colander with holes large enough to let the seeds through.

Next, we need to rinse the peppers with warm water. This will wash away the excess seeds which will add a lot of heat. This also washes away some of the capsaicin. You can skip this step if want a really spicy pepper.

Personally, I prefer a more mellow spicy experience. I have nothing to prove, and I want to taste the amazing chili flavor without blasting my ears off. So I take every step I can to mellow the spice in this taqueria-style peppers recipe.

If you like a lot of heat, no worries. I will be clear at every step I am doing something to calm the spice down. You can adjust to suit your own taste.

Cooking The Chilis and Developing Serious Flavor

Place a medium skillet over medium heat, and add a few tbsp. of vegetable oil. When the pan is good and hot add the Peppers, Onions, and Carrots. Be cautious, if you washed the peppers they will be wet and cause a lot of oil popping for a minute or so.

Sauté for 5 minutes stirring frequently. After 5 minutes add the 5 cloves of Garlic, and cook for 2 more minutes, keep stirring to keep the garlic from scorching.

simmering ingredients

After 2 minutes, add all the brine ingredients, and simmer for 10 minutes. The sugar also helps calm the spice down. For spicier peppers, only add 1-2 tbsp. instead of the three that I recommend

added brine to cooked peppers

After 10 minutes remove from heat. When I did this I added the hot peppers straight to the jar. It would have been smarter to leave them to cool in the pan, it would have gone much quicker.

So learn from my mistakes, and let the peppers cool to room temperature in the pan before adding them to the jar.

Also, make sure you add enough brine to the jar so that the peppers are completely submerged.

cover peppers with brine before adding the lid.

These will keep for at least 3 months in the refrigerator, but I doubt they will be around that long.

For the record, since I started typing this blog post I have been to the fridge twice to nom on these tasty little pickled jalapenos… Just sayin’

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Taqueria Style Pickled Jalapenos

Chef Eric
Savory, slightly sweet, garlicky, mellow spice. These tasty Peppers go perfect with tacos, nachos, chili, or even just as a spicy snack.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 days 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mexican


  • 32oz Mason Jar, or equivalent
  • Medium Skillet
  • Ladle
  • Slotted Spurtle


  • 7-8 Medium Jalapeno Peppers
  • 2 Medium Carrots
  • 3-4 Mini Sweet Red or Yellow Bell Peppers 1/2 a chopped Red Bell Pepper will be fine if the mini ones aren't available. Just cut into 1/4 inch by 2 inch pieces.
  • 1/2 White Onion
  • 5 Medium Garlic Cloves

Pickling Brine

  • 1 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Filtered or Bottled Water
  • 1 Tbsp. Kosher Salt
  • 3 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper Corns
  • 1 Tsp. Oregano


Preparing The Peppers, Carrots, and Onion

  • Slice the Jalapenos bell Peppers, and Carrots into 1/4 inch 'coins'
  • Slice the Onion into 1/4 inch by 2 inch pieces
  • Collect all the peppers in a colander with holes large enough to let the seeds through
  • Rinse peppers under warm water, to remove excess seeds.

Cooking the Peppers

  • Place skillet over medium heat, with 2 tbsp. vegetable oil.
  • When pan is hot add Peppers Onions, and Carrots and sauté for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes add 5 cloves of chopped garlic, and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Next add the Brine ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes.

Jarring the Peppers

  • We are not doing a long term jarring thing here. Obviously use a clean jar with a good seal. These will be in the refrigerator in a highly acidic brine. They should keep for several months or more without all the classic jarring techniques.
  • Add cooked Jalapenos, Carrots, onions, and Peppers to a clean Mason jar. Then using a ladle, add as much brine as you need to fully submerge the contents.
  • Allow the jar to cool to room temperature before putting on the lid and placing in the refrigerator.
  • Allow 1-2 days for the Peppers to fully brine.


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