Quick and Easy Candied Jalapenos

If you like sweet and spicy, you’ll love these Quick and Easy Candied Jalapenos, or Cowboy Candy as it’s also known.  This recipe has only two ingredients, making it as easy as it is delicious (and addicting).

Candied Jalapenos on top of cream cheese

What Makes Candied Jalapenos so Good

There are so many reasons why you will love this recipe.  First, it’s so easy.  With only two ingredients, it makes whipping up this recipe for a snack or an appetizer a snap.   Candied Jalapenos are also extremely addicting.  You can’t just eat one.  It satisfies your sweet and spicy craving.

Candied Jalapenos are also known as  “Cowboy Candy” or “Kandy Crisp Jalapenos”.  If purchased in the store, these are very expensive.  So making these from scratch will also save you a ton of money and it makes a great gift idea.

What Kind of Jalapenos Do You Need?

When selecting jalapenos for this recipe, always grab pickled jalapenos.  You will want to purchase a large can of jalapenos to start.  Most grocery stores, as well as Sam’s and Costco, will carry these types of jalapenos.  If you can’t find them, also look under nacho pepper slices or pickled jalapeno slices.  Make sure you purchase them in the large number 10 can.

How to Make Candied Jalapenos

This recipe really can’t be any easier.   The only thing you may need other than the ingredients is patience.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 6 pounds Pickled Peppers
  • 5 cups Sugar
  • Canning Jars

The first thing, you need to do, is to drain the peppers. I opened my can and drained them for about 15 minutes before I continued. You will then dump the jalapenos into a large container and add 5 cups of sugar to the peppers and stir them up very well.

You will need to stir the jalapenos every day for the next 5 or 6 days. A spicy-sweet syrup will develop, and you will be ready to enjoy these. At this point, you can put these into small jars.

Tips on making candied jalapenos

  • I always save glass jars so when I want to package a few of these peppers up for someone I have something on hand to do so. Of course, you can always buy some small canning jars to put these in, but the old mustard jars work well too.
  • Use simple white sugar for this recipe, nothing too fancy.
  • You’ll also need a large colander and a large airtight container.  The colander for the draining of the peppers and the airtight container for the stirring process.

How to Enjoy Cowboy Candy

You can use these on hamburgers, simply poured over cream cheese as a great snack, or you may even want to put them into a martini.  And considering how expensive this can be in stores, it makes a great gift!

Other Jalapeno recipes

Jalapeno popper grilled cheese
Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Chuys Creamy Jalapeno Dip

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Candied Jalapenos on cream cheese.

Quick and Easy Candied Jalapenos

These quick and easy candied jalapenos are perfect for gifts or your own personal enjoyment.   These candied jalapenos have just the right amount of spice and sweetness.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gift Recipes
Servings: 70
Calories: 65kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds pickled jalapenos
  • 5 cups sugar

Instructions

  • Drain jalapenos in a large sieve or colander for about 15 minutes. You may need to do this in batches. You can save the drained juice for other recipes.
  • Pour drained jalapenos into a large container that can be closed with a lid, or wrapped with plastic. Pour five cups of sugar over the jalapenos and stir well. Cover container and place into the refrigerator.
  • Stir the jalapenos once a day for five days. On the sixth day, you may repackage the peppers into smaller glass jars. Store these in the refrigerator. These will stay fresh for about 60 days.

Recipe Tips for the Cook

 

  • I always save glass jars so when I want to package a few of these peppers up for someone I have something on hand to do so. Of course, you can always buy some small canning jars to put these in, but the old mustard jars work well too.
  • Use simple white sugar for this recipe, nothing too fancy.
  • You'll also need a large colander and a large airtight container.  The colander for the draining of the peppers and the airtight container for the stirring process.

Nutrition

Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 649mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 660IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Cecilia

    Ive made this and put cream chez on a plate, and cowboy cavier on top, served with ritz crackers, gone likity split.

  2. Tabatha Honeycutt

    Can you put the peppers back into the jar and add the sugar and stir them in that jar ? Or do you have to put them in another container?

  3. cecilia

    plz help making this for a potluck, in pix u have it on top of crackers and crm cheeze,so r u suppose to dip in crm chz and jalapenos. Can this be served at room temperature. U c the party doesnt start till 6pm. Can i take in mason jar, and pour in dish, on top of crm cheese. any suggestions would b greatly appreciated.

  4. Angie

    Did you ever try canning these? I’d like to give them as gifts and do not want them to go bad as they would not be refrigerated.

      • Chris Schultz

        That doesn’t mean anything. The same amount as what? 5 cups of sugar no matter how small the container of jalapenos?

    • Chris Schultz

      Patrick, what is a small jar? 6oz? 12oz? 16oz? 24oz? 32oz?

      The recipe says 5 cups for 100oz. So, use 1 cup for 20oz or 16Tbl for 20 oz or 48tsp for 20oz or about 2.5 tsp per oz.

      For 12oz jalapenos, you need 30tsp or 10Tbl or 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbl sugar.

  5. Mary Pat Griffin

    Thank you for all the good recipes that you create. I have one I wish you could duplicate. It is from the “The Jalapeno Tree Mexican Restaurant” it is called, Mexican fajita dip, and is served with their grilled Specialties.
    Thanks you, Keep up the good work you do!!
    Mary Pat G.

  6. Elaine Clark

    I love how you recreate recipes. I am 76, and not much of an adventious cook as I used to be. You inspire me with your recipes and I am certainly going to be using them. I appreciate your recipe for Candied Jalapinos (sp) I bought a small bottle, about the size of a small pimento bottle for $3.00 at a church bizzare. Thank you so much for your recipe.

  7. Bella

    Saw this video on my ROKU, and have made one other CopyKat recipe.

    Is there any natural substitute rather than the sugar? Like using honey. I am trying to keep my sugar intake in check but also want to make this recipe.

  8. JMT

    The ones i buy are firm and crispy. I tried a different recipe and they had the same flavor but were mushy. Do these stay crisp?

  9. Chelsea

    I bought a small mason jar of these for $9 I am so excited that I can make way more than that for less than what I paid. I loved them the first time I had them & can not wait to make these!!!!

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