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3 August 2018

Make your own crispy, crunchy, restaurant style battered and fried jalapeno bottle caps (fried jalapeno pepper slices) at home. Here is the recipe. Spicy and delicious, they are the perfect appetizer or snack.

I’ve seen these wonderful fried jalapeno slices in restaurants for years, but oddly enough I’ve never made them. Silly me. They’re great little bites of spicy crunchiness and they’re rather addictive, so beware if you make them. I probably ate half of them as we were taking the photo for this post.

Make a double batch! I’m sure you’ll have the same problem and will devour them before they hit the table.

In restaurants, they are often served as appetizers with a cooling sauce, like ranch or a blue cheese dip, but I enjoy them most when they are included as the crunchy topping of a sandwich.

Jalapeno Heaven, my friends. Yes, we’re now entering Mike’s jalapeno obsession territory. Again. #JalapenoObsession

This is why we’re making jalapeno bottle caps. For a sandwich. We recently entered a recipe contest and after considering what we think is a CRAZY AWESOME sammich entry, I felt it needed one more element to complete the picture, something with a bit of a crunch, with a bit of pizzazz, something unique and cool.

Jalapeno Bottle Caps!

They were the perfect addition, but again, I almost ate them all before they made their way onto the sandwich. So yeah, beware. I’ll be sure to let you know the results of the contest, win or lose. It’s a big one so chances are slim, but you never know until you toss your hat into the ring.

What Are Jalapeno Bottle Caps?

Jalapeno Bottle Caps are battered and fried jalapeno pepper slices. They resemble bottle caps when they are cooked, hence the name.

They are a great crunchy addition to sandwiches or salads, but they’re also ideal for a fun appetizer or crunchy-spicy snack.

How to Make Jalapeno Bottle Caps (Fried Jalapeno Slices) – The Recipe Method

So! Making our Jalapeno Bottle Caps is simple. You start out by slicing up a jalapeno or 10 into rings. Like so…

Jalapeno Bottle Caps – Recipe

I used 3 jalapeno peppers and had plenty. Make as many as you want. Jalapenos are cheap!

Get a giant batch going! It’s also a perfect use of your garden harvest. Fried jalapenos!

Next, get your batter going. A bit of flour, seasonings – I used garlic powder and paprika, salt and pepper, but feel free to mix that up – couple of eggs, 4 ounces of beer.

This was good for 3 large jalapeno peppers easy.

Mixing the beer batter
Mixing the beer batter

Whisk it all together to form your batter. Adjust the amount to the number of jalapeno bottle caps you’ll be making — and chowing down. You can also include buttermilk instead of beer in the batter for a slightly different texture. I went without and they turned out great.

Next, heat your oil in a large pot or get your fryer going. Don’t overheat the oil to the point of smoking. It’s perfect when you can drop a tiny drop of water into the oil and it sizzles up right away.

Dip your jalapeno slices into the batter then fry them in batches, a few minutes each, until they are golden.

Battering the jalapeno peppers.

Frying the battered jalapeno peppers (aka jalapeno bottle caps)
Frying the battered jalapeno peppers (aka jalapeno bottle caps)

Strain them out and drain them a couple minutes on paper towels.

Drain the fried jalapeno peppers on paper towels

Then eat them! Eat them all!

Here is the Recipe Video for Making Jalapeno Bottle Caps (Golden Fried Jalapeno Pepper Slices)

I’m sure you won’t have any issues. Or put them on sandwiches like we did and enjoy the delightful spicy crunch. Yeah, so good. Enjoy!

Jalapeno Bottle Caps - Fried golden and ready to eat.
Jalapeno Bottle Caps – Fried golden and ready to eat.

Try Some of My Other Popular Appetizers and Snacks

If you try this recipe, please let us know! Leave a comment, rate it and tag a photo #ChiliPepperMadness on Instagram so we can take a look. I always love to see all of your spicy inspirations. Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 3 votes
Jalapeno Bottle Caps Recipe
Jalapeno Bottle Caps (Fried Jalapeno Slices) - Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Make your own crispy, crunchy, restaurant style battered and fried jalapeno bottle caps (fried jalapeno pepper slices) at home. Here is the recipe. Spicy and delicious, they are the perfect appetizer or snack.

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jalapeno, snack
Servings: 10
Calories: 94 kcal
Ingredients
  • 3 fresh jalapeno peppers sliced into rings
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 ounces light beer
  • 2 to 3 cups peanut or vegetable oil enough to cover the battered jalapeno peppers
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan to medium heat. Do not let it boil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, garlic, paprika and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Add the eggs and beat into a batter.
  4. Stir in the beer.

  5. In batches, coat the sliced jalapeno peppers in the batter.
  6. Fry the battered peppers about 5-6 minutes each, turning if needed, until golden. 

  7. Drain on paper towels and serve.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Heat Factor: Medium. Try this with habanero pepper slices for a nice level of heat.

Nutrition Facts
Jalapeno Bottle Caps (Fried Jalapeno Slices) - Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Potassium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.8%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 0.5%
Iron 2.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This recipe was updated on 7/28/18 to include new photos and a video. It was originally published on 6/1/2016.

Jalapeno Bottle Caps – Recipe

 

Jalapeno Bottle Caps - Make your own crispy, crunchy, restaurant style battered and fried jalapeno bottle caps (fried jalapeno pepper slices) at home. Here is the recipe. Spicy and delicious, they are the perfect appetizer or snack. #appetizer #snack #jalapenos #FriedFood #Spicy

10 comments

  1. Mela Hernandez

    I would like more batter to cover peppers how do you get it to cover it?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Mela, the batter may seem thin, but when fried, it covers each jalapeno slice nicely. However, you can use less liquid to keep the batter thicker. Once fried, it will be slightly doughy. Let me know how it turns out for you.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      These will surely satisfy! Thanks, Kristen!

  2. Hey Mike, this looks great. Do you think the little goodies could be put in an air fryer? Or could they be baked for a healthier version?

    REPLY: Tim, you could definitely bake them, though I don’t think they’ll be as crispy. An air fryer should work as well, though I’m not sure if the batter would drip through the grates. Let me know how it works if you try it. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  3. Hmmm….I do pakora (chickpea flour, rice flour, Indian spices etc.) as a batter for many vegetables. I would imagine the leftover batter would work beautifully here. I never thought to deep fry jalapenos sliced like this. Thank you for the suggestion. Those “bottle caps” look delicious.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Rachiti, I think that batter would be great!

  4. Need all the jalapeños!!! The spicy little guys are one of my favorite snacks all by themselves, but throw them in a deep fryer and I’m obsessed. Love these!!

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