Mexican Style Pickled Jalapeños: Recipe

Over the past few weeks, my chilli plants have been growing very well, especially the jalapeño peppers, which are growing faster than I can used them. The other day I harvested what was on the plants and spent some time trying to decide what to do with them. Cheesy fried jalapeño poppers almost won out but in the end I decided since I hadn’t eaten any Mexican food for a while that some Mexican style pickled jalapeños was just what I needed.

I’ve pickled a few things over the past year but never jalapeños. It’s easy to forget just how quick and easy it is to pickle things, and this exercise was a nice refresher of the process.

mexican style pickled jalapenos recipe

Preparation Time: 5 minutes          /          Cooking Time: 10 minutes          /          Serves n/a


  • 10 large jalapeño peppers
  • 200ml water
  • 200ml white wine vingear
  • 10g table salt
  • 10g white sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2g Mexican oregano



  • Slice the jalepeños as per the photo below.

mexican style pickled jalapenos recipe

  • Combine all ingredients except the jalepeños into a medium sized saucepan and bring to the boil.
  • Remove from the heat and add the jalepeños.
  • Allow to cool and add the contents of the saucepan into a jar.
  • Refrigerate for 7 days then use as required.

mexican style pickled jalapenos recipe


If you don’t have Mexican oregano you can use regular oregano but they will taste a bit different than the usual Mexican style pickled jalepeños because it’s actually a different herb with a slightly different taste.

Feel free to use red as well as green jalepeños – they still taste great they’re just sweeter and not as hot as the green ones.

For a slightly different taste, try using 100ml of white vinegar and 100ml of apple cider vinegar.

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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