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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.

Jalapeno Bottle Caps Recipe
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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


    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Mitsui, yes, you should be able to make these in an air fryer, though make sure they are spread out enough in the basket. If you try it, let me know how they turn out, and if they are nice and crispy.

  1. 5 stars
    These are delicious!! I used buttermilk in place of bear so goooood!!!!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Excellent! Glad to hear it, Crystal! These are so good.

  2. 5 stars
    Love ’em with one change. I added 1/4 cup of corn starch, using a similar flour to corn starch ration that I use for fried chicken. I don’t really know the science behind it, but to me it always creates a great fried coating and crunch.

  3. They Are good next time I make them I will try a thicker batter . They are differently hot but good

  4. 5 stars
    Fantastic! I think I will make the batter thicker next time though. I made these to add to my calamari tmrw but there may be none left by then! Just a mild heat on the tongue. Will crisp them up more tmrw with a few minutes in the air fryer!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Joni! I know, I always have to make a double batch because I keep eating them!

  5. 4 stars
    Great flavor. Substituted Paprika with Old Bay. Used an IPA for beer. Not sure if the beer cause the problem, but it turned out more like a jalapeño omelette. Had issues with the better sticking to the jalapeños. Ended up topping the jalapeños with the excess batter. Either way, it still tasted delicious.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Not sure, Thomas, but I use this beer batter for a lot of recipes. It is possible that the batter will slip off if the fry oil isn’t not enough. Glad you enjoyed the flavor.

    2. I would try scrubbing the waxy coating off with a vegetable scrub brush before you coat them or try par boiling when you buy jalapenos in the store they often coat them in a waxy substance to keep them fresher longer and more pleasing to the eye it helps batter stick better

  6. 5 stars
    I was looking at these, and wanting to make them, but trying to avoid wheat due to it’s extensive genetic cross breeding through time making it have more defenses hence so many people with wheat allergies, leaky gut, irritable bowels, and celiacs disease, and the Pakora idea was mentioned. I did some research, and am very excited to try it.
    We love Jalapenos…

  7. Michael, For clarification purposes: Did you use the beer and the eggs along with the spices you mentioned? Thanks!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Michele, yes, I used it all to make the batter. Let me know how it turns out for you. Sometimes you need to add a touch more beer or other liquid to get the exact consistency you need.

  8. Kathy Pavlak

    Michael, have you ever tried this recipe with any other peppers such as pablano peppers? Thinking of a pepper a little less spicy for the kiddo’s. Maybe frying takes the heat down a notch? The recipe sounds amazing!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Kathy, absolutely. This can work with pretty much any pepper. Only issue would be the size of the rings. Some peppers are quite hollow, so could make it hard for the batter to stick. You might try it with sweet peppers, or chop them into rectangles instead of rings to help the batter stick. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  9. Can’t wait to try these! They look delicious. What could I substitute for the beer? Is that the special ingredient that you can’t substitute? I don’t have any of that on hand. Thanks again!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Donna, you can use a light flavored soda, like Sprite, or use sparkling soda water. That will work fine for you. If you don’t have those either, you can just use water. They might not be as light and fluffy, but the batter will still work and will have great flavor. Let me know how it turns out for you!

  10. Susan Selle

    I have a freezer full of jalapenos. I’m wondering if I thawed them first for this recipe if they would still turn out crispy or would they be too mushy?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Susan, I think the recipe could work, but I think they might still be soft, as they do soften in the freezer. I think it would be worth a try. If you give it a go, I (and my readers) would love to know how it turns out for you.

  11. Claudine in Fort Worth, TX

    5 stars
    My husband and I absolutely love these things! They are served at a lot of places in our neck of the woods. I have looked for a suitable recipe for these and yours was the only one that even remotely resembled the bottle caps served here. Now if I could find a recipe for the jalapeno straws that are served. I wonder if I could use your recipe for the jalapeno straws?
    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I love your website and enjoy many of the recipes.
    Thank you again for sharing your recipes.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Great, Claudine! I love it. I think you can use this same recipe for the Jalapeno Straws. Just slice the jalapenos into strips and follow the same steps. Let me know how it turns out for you!

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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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