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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.

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Jalapeno Bottle Caps (Fried Jalapeno Slices) - Recipe

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.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jalapeno, snack
Servings: 10
Calories: 94kcal


  • 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


  • Heat the oil in a large pan to medium heat. Do not let it boil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add flour, garlic, paprika and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Add the eggs and beat into a batter.
  • Stir in the beer.
  • In batches, coat the sliced jalapeno peppers in the batter.
  • Fry the battered peppers about 5-6 minutes each, turning if needed, until golden. 
  • Drain on paper towels and serve.



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


Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 29mg | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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