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Chili Pepper Madness has hundreds of jalapeno recipes, from jalapeno poppers and dips, to jalapeno jelly, cowboy candy, hot sauce, every day meals and more.
If you are a lover of jalapeño peppers, you’ve come to the right place. As a lover of spicy foods, and as a chilihead foodie, I cook with chili peppers of all types. However, it all started for me with the jalapeno.
When I was younger, I never knew how to cook. My mother had her recipes, but none of them included spicy food. I didn’t turn onto it until I entered college. There I discovered my tastes for heat and spice, and developed my love for cooking.
I would all sorts of meals, and when I got married, I developed it even more. I would spice foods up with hot sauce and spice mixtures, like Cajun and Creole seasonings, but I also started to incorporate jalapeno peppers into so many dishes. When a recipe called for a bell pepper, I used jalapeno peppers instead.
My love for the jalapeno was born! And that love remains very strong today. Give me anything jalapeno. I’m not just talking the obvious recipes, like jalapeno peppers stuffed with cheddar cheese, wrapped in bacon. Which are GREAT, by the way!
I’m talking jalapeno pepper recipes of all types, from jalapeno jelly, to jalapeno hot sauce, to, yes, even many jalapeno poppers.
I hope you enjoy my collection here. Contact me anytime with jalapeno requests!
Jalapenos aren’t very hot when compared to other chili peppers, but they do have some heat. As with any hot pepper, you should handle them with care.
Wear gloves when cutting the peppers. Peppers have oils, called capsaicin, which brings the heat. Those oils can get on your skin and sauce a burning sensation. If you feel that, see my post on How to Stop the Jalapeno Burn.
If jalapenos are too hot for you, you can remove the seeds and pepper innards to reduce the heat. Most of the heat is in the innards, so removing them will help calm down the overall heat factor.
Jalapenos are probably the world’s most famous pepper. It’s highly popular in the United States, found in many, many dishes. It is famously used in Mexican cuisine as well.
For a descriptor, the jalapeno pepper is a fruit of the Capsicum pod type. It averages 2-3.5 inches in length but can grow up to 6 inches long or longer.
While it did originate in Mexico, it is now grown worldwide for it’s popular flavor and mild heat level, which averages around 5,000 Scoville Heat Units. That is hot, but not too hot.
The name “jalapeno” is Spanish for “Jalapa” (or Xalapa), the capital of Veracruz, Mexico. Jalapenos were originally grown there, hence the name.
Learn more about the jalapeno pepper here. Lots of info!