If you like things a little spicy, my Jalapeno Relish may be for you! Grab a bunch of beautiful jalapenos from you garden, farmers market or local grocer and in about 30 minutes you can make jars of it for your enjoyment and for gift giving.
MY friend Molly has been up to her eyeballs in jalapenos. She is known for her killer Stuffed Jalapenos, however just how many of those can you eat? Wait don't answer that...My husband would actually eat them every single day if given the opportunity!
After receiving 2 lots of jalapenos from her, and not wanting any to go to waste, I got down to business and decided why not quick-pickle them. Instead of traditional rings, I decided to chop them.
They came out SO pretty and vibrant!
This Jalapeno Relish is HOT. So you need to enjoy heat. I chose to leave all the seeds in, since we enjoy things spicy. You can scrape or cut the seeds out out before you mince the jalapenos for much less heat if you choose.
You can sprinkle some over a brick of cream cheese with a drizzle of honey and enjoy them that way. You can put this Jalapeno Relish on sandwiches, meats, eggs or toss some into your pasta. Of course you can use these in anything Mexican. i put some in my chicken enchiladas, both in the enchiladas and in the sauce. Yum!
I've been on a jalapeno kick, besides all the jalapenos my friend gave me. I was at a farmers market in Bucks County, PA and saw a table full of just-picked jalapenos and decided I needed more, lol! The farmer decided to also grab two big farmer-sized handfuls of jalapenos and toss them into the bagful I already had. I walked away with about 50 jalapenos for...wait for it...$2.00.
I have a lot of boyfriends. No joke, I really do! I think its my friendly personality. I will strike up a conversation with anyone if I have something to say or I want to make them feel good. The other week at the beach, I walked in a pizza place with a friend and our kids, I saw a man with a full metal tray of bacon and said "WHOA...I'll have that to go please!!" He chuckled and we both proclaimed our love of bacon. As I exited to grab an outside table to wait for our order, the man appeared smiling ear to ear, arms extended out to he holding an overflowing french fry boat full of bacon...for me. I was so excited I asked him to marry me!
See food boyfriends. I could tell you at least 47 more times that's happened to me. It's my superpower. Haha!!
If you find yourself with a lot of jalapenos by accident or on purpose, get creative! Because I had so many jalapenos, I also put a Cuban Sandwich IN a Jalapeno and it rocked! My husband and son are already begging for more.
My husband (the man obsessed since before day I met him with traditional jalapeno poppers) said that they were "stupid good", whatever that means. And my 14-year-old son, well he ate so many, that it made this momma very happy. That's all the proof I need. Make 'em!
If you like to quick-pickle, you HAVE to try these Quick & Easy Sweet & Spicy Pickles! I'd like to say they make a good food gift, however...You may eat them all first! Mmmm!
And if you want to get a lil' faaaancy...Spiralize them, they pickle even faster and are SO pretty!1 Great on sandwiches and salads.
Enjoy! Tag me on Instagram with your creations @SouffleBombay!! Love that!
- 20-25 jalapenos chopped small
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 TBS celery flakes
- ½ TBS Kosher salt
- First, decide if you want to keep the seeds in or out of your relish. How hot do you like foods? Also jalapenos vary in heat. Taste a piece and decide. Maybe put some seeds in. Your call.
- Chop your jalapenos fine and toss them with the minced garlic. Feel free to add a red pepper for a pop of color if you like (or to help cut the heat). In small mason jars (I use 4 oz) spoon in the chopped jalapenos until they just about reach the top. Don't press hard or "pack" them in, you need room for the liquid.
- In a small pot, heat, vinegar, water, sugar, celery flakes and salt until it boils.
- Remove from heat and allow it to sit for 2 minutes.
- Pour liquid into your filled jars, allow it to cool down for 10 minutes or so, then screw the lids on, allow them to cool to room temperature and then place in fridge until you want to enjoy them.
- Remember when working with jalapenos, you never know how hot or mild they may be. Be careful of your eyes, no rubbing your eyes for a while after working with them OR you will remember it for sure, lol!
Debbie Shackleford says
Since this relish is not canned to seal, how long will this last in the frig? Or can you put them in a bath to seal them?
I was thinking the same thing, but my guess is 20 minutes in boiling water bath will work. This recipe is basically a regular pickle type recipe.
Sorry, I meant 10 minutes.
Did you try canning in water bath?
I did not. Let me know if you try and how it goes.
lori pernod says
I would love to know if you can this also
You would probably have to simmer the relish ingredients in a pot for about twenty minutes first. Then ladle the hot relish into hot sterilized jars and then into a boiling water bath for another twenty minutes.
I never put them in a water bath. If I have to, I put them in the oven with the lids slightly on at 350 for 15 mins or 300 for 1/2 hour. After you bring them out of the oven, tighten the lids....they last forever! Hope this helps!
I just open kettle canned mine and as long as it sealed it lasts as long as any other canned item
it does seem to get hotter the longer it sits..
How is the garlic cooked with the other ingredients or by itself?
I updated the recipe to make it clear...Thanks for pointing that out. Toss the jalapenos and garlic. The garlic will pickle like the jalapenos will, so no cooking necessary.
Eloise Cortez Kaneshiro says
How much does this make?
Can this be naden without sugar??
Denise Thornburg says
I haven't seen how long the relish will last in the refrigerator. Thank you Denise
Most recipes say 3 months for refrigerated relish or pickles.
Can you use stevia or erythritol instead of sugar to cut down on the carbs?
Patrick Garvey says
can i add red onion?
Hi Patrick. Definitely!! I do that with cucumbers, just like this (with added red pepper flakes) which is on my website as well.
Stanley Brown says
The heat in jalapeños comes from the white rind and not the seeds. And, I believe you mean 8 oz jars. I’ve never seen a 4 oz jar. That’s a half cup.
I use 4 oz jars for this, they are just half the size of the typical. I have found them at my grocery store during canning season and they are also on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Jelly-Regular-Mouth-Mason-Airtight/dp/B081J6BJG5/ref=sr_1_9?keywords=4oz+ball+jars&qid=1578875018&sr=8-9 I use them for these, vanilla sugar, bacon jam, jam and other small-batch items.
What happens if I don’t have celery flakes?
Hi Julieta (pretty name) They can be hard to find sometimes. You could substitute 1/2 TBS of celery seed for flavor. The texture of the seed is different vs flakes. I THINK if I were to do it I would add in 1 teaspoon celery seed and a few TBS of chopped or minced celery. That should be a good compliment to the jalapenos in both flavor and texture. Let me know what you end up doing. If you are on Instagram, you can tag me with a photo @soufflebombay. I'd love to see it!
Ken White says
I make my own flakes when in a pinch. Grated celery dried in your oven on lowest setting works great in a pinch
Thanks for the tip Ken!
Ken White says
Love this recipe. I have not had pepper relish before. I am a huge chilie head and love all things spicy. I myself grow 9 peppers and currently have 67 hot sauce recipes I created. I love pickles anything too. If you want to add some zing to your next burger or sandwich make up a batch of bread and butter jalapeno chips. I made a batch last year and they were gone the same day. All my friends devoured them. One thing I will do different next time is I will cut them thicker. Thanks for the relish
Wow, that's amazing Ken! Both the growing of the peppers and the sauces!
Shannon McGee says
Canning this today! Subbed 1/2 the vinegar for lime juice and cooked the relish first before putting the sterilized jars and then a water bath for 15 min.
How did this turn out canned? If you don't mind about how long should this be cooked before putting in jars?
M Hunger says
What can I put jalapeño relish on?
We use it on meats, and sandwiched. I also put it out in small ramekins on cheese boards and charcuterie boards.
We add jalapeno relish to hamburgers, so good.
Oh, yum! And good to hear!
In my experience, the membrane that the seeds ar attached to is what lends the most heat to the overall bite of a chili. The seeds may carry heat but also lend a bitter flavor that I prefer to leave out of my finished product. Therefore, I gauge how much of the gill I want to leave attached to the chili before I dice.
I totally agree Archie! Depending on how hot the jalapeno is I decide to leave in some or none.
Brandi L Jordan says
Does this come out sweet since you add sugar? I would love to have just a spicy or savory flavored relish. Wondering if canning salt instead of sugar would be a good alternative for canning.
Not super sweet, you can cut sugar in half, making a small batch to try it.
I read this online...
Under no circumstances should the
amount of vinegar be decreased or diluted to
compensate for less sugar. Vinegar provides a
certain level of acidity that is essential for safe
What are your thoughts here>
I believe that to be true when you actually can something. The PH needs to be a certain level for it to keep long term. However I am not a canner (BUT am about to start learning from an expert).