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Jalapeno Bread & Butter Pickles

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + standung Process: 15 min.


7 pints

Even the heat-shy will want to dip into these bread and butter pickles with a surprise flavor kick. Ay caramba, they are good!—Karen Owen, Rising Sun, Indiana
Jalapeno Bread & Butter Pickles Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 pounds cucumbers, sliced
  • 5 small onions, sliced
  • 4 jalapeno peppers, sliced and seeded
  • 1/2 cup canning salt
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seed
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. In a large container, combine cucumbers, onions, jalapenos and salt. Cover with crushed ice and mix well. Let stand 3 hours. Drain; rinse and drain again.
  2. In a Dutch oven, combine sugar, vinegar and seasonings; bring to a boil. Add cucumber mixture; return to a boil. Remove from heat.
  3. Carefully ladle hot mixture into seven hot pint jars, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  4. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 15 minutes. Remove jars and cool.
Editor’s Notes: When cutting hot peppers, disposable gloves are recommended. Avoid touching your face. The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. For altitudes up to 3,000 feet, add 5 minutes; 6,000 feet, add 10 minutes; 8,000 feet, add 15 minutes; 10,000 feet, add 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup pickles: 18 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 121mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.

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  • gunslinger
    Oct 25, 2020

    My family loved these spicy sweet pickles. This year was my first time making them but I will add these delicious pickles to my yearly have to make pickle list!

  • Dave
    Dec 10, 2017

    Haven't tried this recipe yet but I picked up some Habanero B & B pickles and they were great. Can not wait to try this with the Habaneros instead of the Jalapenos

  • ChefGirl33
    Aug 22, 2016

    I've used this recipe nearly 3 years in a row now and they have become a classic. People expect a jar or two (or three) every year from me and I usually include them in gift baskets of canned goods for the holidays. I grow cucumbers literally just for this recipe! It upsets me to see 2 one-star ratings, especially from people WHO HAVEN'T MADE THE RECIPE -- not fair to the recipe creator and also the people looking for a wonderful recipe to add to their collections. I would say DON'T RATE THE RECIPE IF YOU HAVEN'T MADE IT, or knock it for something that should be common sense... like slicing the jalapenos. Anyway, I always add extra jalapeno to make them spicier, since the sugar content balances the heat well. I also do at least 5 - 5 1/2 lbs of cucumbers to accommodate the lost weight when slicing off the ends; and instead of using 5 small onions I do 1 1/2 to 2 large ones. I only soak these in the ice-brine for 2 hours, since I have seen similar recipes work with an hour less. Today I am making these and adding Ball Pickle Crisp to see if it improves their texture -- if you like crunchier pickles I would say try the Pickle Crisp.

  • michaeldonofrio
    Apr 29, 2014

    Is there any way of doing this recipe when your a diabetic? 5 cups of sugar?????

  • pattiejoe
    Jul 26, 2013

    Looks great but I really don't want to can them. Is there any way to make these & refrigerate them? Even a smaller batch?

  • BarbieNM
    May 5, 2013

    Easy to follow and great taste. These pickles didn't last a week! I tripled the jalapenos and added little red Thai peppers. Yummy.

  • lulu61
    Sep 8, 2011

    I haven't made them yet, but there is a mistake in the instructions. It does not tell you to slice the jalapenos, only seed them. In the picture it shows that they are sliced.

  • 5xamom
    Aug 14, 2011

    When I am make this again I will be sure to rinse it better because it was so salty!! I know that was my fault for not rinsing the cucumbers better.

  • dekwgk1996
    Aug 8, 2011

    Very easy! Great taste!

  • justmbeth
    Jul 24, 2011

    These pickles were awesome! The only thing I'd change next time would be to add more jalapenos and slice the cucumbers thicker. This was my first attempt at making pickles and I cut them a bit too thin.