How to Pickle Chili Peppers – A Guide
Learn how to pickle chili peppers straight from the garden. It is very easy to do, and the peppers will last several weeks or months. It’s a great way to preserve your chili peppers.
I’ve been asked many times about how to pickle chili peppers. It is actually a rather simple process and one of my favorite ways to preserve chili peppers. While there are a number of recipes you can use, this is one of my favorites for its ease of execution, and also for the resulting flavor.
You’ll want the chili pepper flavor to shine, but you’re also free to experiment with additional flavorings that will compliment your pickling recipe.
How to Pickle Chili Peppers
Always be sure to wash and dry your chili peppers before pickling them. Also, sterilize any jars and jar lids before using. Boil them on the stove for a half hour, or throw them in the dishwasher for a cycle or two.
First, assemble your needed ingredients. You will need the following:
- 28-32 ounces mixed chili pepper
- 4 cups white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons pickling salt
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 2 large bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
Slice your chili peppers into rings so you can fit them into jars. If you would prefer to pickle the peppers whole, pierce them with a knife to allow the pickling liquid to seep through more easily.
Next, add vinegar, sugar, salt, basil and bay leaves to a large pot. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to simmer. Add chili peppers and garlic, then remove from heat. Allow to cool.
Last, pour into quart containers and seal. Be sure the peppers are covered by the brine solution. Refrigerate.
How Long Do Pickled Peppers Last?
This will last you several weeks in the refrigerator or longer. I recommend letting them sit a week or 2 before eating so they can be properly pickled. Enjoy!
This may seem like a lot of peppers, but if you have a decent sized garden like we do, you’ll achieve a yield like this regularly, so it is good to have a few different ways to preserve your chili peppers.
You can also process your pickled peppers in sterilized jars to keep them for much longer.
Check out this Refrigerator Pickled Pepper Recipe.
What Can I Do With My Pickled Peppers?
Use pickled peppers to add some zip and zing to any number of foods. Add them as a topping for nachos and tacos, pizza, burgers and hot dogs, sandwiches, so much more!
I enjoy them as a component to sandwiches. They add a nice crunch and spiciness. Try chopping them to make a quick relish. Swirl them into soups and stews for added flavor.
- 14-16 ounces mixed chili peppers sliced
- 1 small yellow onion sliced
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon pickling salt
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 2 large bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
To a large pot, add vinegar, sugar, salt, basil and bay leaves. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to simmer. Add chili peppers and onions, then remove from heat. Allow to cool.
Pour into a sealable quart container. Pour oil on top and seal.
NOTE: This will last you at least 2-3 months in the refrigerator, or much longer if you process and store in sterilized jars. Enjoy!
Additional Resources for Pickling Your Chili Peppers
Additional Resources for Preserving Chili Peppers
Related Pickled Chili Pepper Recipes
- Refrigerator Pickled Peppers Recipe
- Chile-Cucumber Chow Chow
- Sweet Chili Pepper Relish
- Hot Pepper Relish
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