Cowboy Candy (Candied Jalapenos) recipe

Cowboy Candy (Candied Jalapenos)

Cowboy Candy, also known as candied jalapenos, is a scrumptious and addictive appetizer that perfectly balances sweet and heat. The jalapenos are sliced and cooked in a syrup made of sugar, vinegar, and seasonings. They can be served with crackers or spread over cream cheese for a delicious snack. This recipe makes enough for 8 servings.


  • Calories: 96
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 20mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 23g
  • Protein: 0g


  • 1 pound jalapeno peppers, sliced
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a large pot, combine sugar, vinegar, garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the sliced jalapenos to the syrup and stir to coat. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the jalapenos from the syrup and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the jalapenos are caramelized and slightly browned.
  6. Let the jalapenos cool completely before serving. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Additional Notes

  • Cowboy Candy is a great topping for burgers, hot dogs, or grilled chicken.
  • If you want a milder version, remove the seeds and membranes from the jalapenos before slicing.
  • This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled to serve more people.

Cooking Time

25-35 minutes



Preparation Time

10 minutes





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