Jalapeño Pickles

Jalapeño Pickles

These medium-spicy pickles, versions of which can be found throughout Mexico and Central America, make a perfect garnish for burgers, tacos or sandwiches, or they may be served with drinks. They are often made only with jalapeños, plus a little onion and carrot. Jalapeños vary in heat: Some are very spicy, some not. If you wish to make the pickles spicier, add a few serrano chiles, split lengthwise.
  • Total:
  • Serves: 2 persons



  1. Step 1

    Put vinegar, 3 cups water and salt in a large nonreactive pot over medium-high heat. Add bay leaves, cloves, coriander, allspice and red-pepper flakes, and bring to a simmer.
  2. Step 2

    Add carrots, jalapeño, garlic, onion and cauliflower, and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, leaving vegetables slightly firm. Turn off heat and add oregano. Let vegetables cool in cooking liquid to room temperature. They are ready to serve immediately, but gain flavor as they age. It’s better if you can wait at least a day or two. Store with juices in sanitized jars or plastic containers, and refrigerate for up to 1 month.