Easy Homemade Pickled Chili Recipe

This recipe makes a quick and simple batch of delightfully tangy Homemade Pickled Chili perfect for adding a spicy punch to any dish.

Pickled Chili Preperation

Pickled Chili Ingredients:

  • Chilis: Choose your preferred type and quantity. Here are some options:
    • 2-3 cups (depending on size) of fresh chili peppers like jalapenos, serranos, or thai chili peppers (adjust for desired heat)
  • Pickling brine:
    • 1 cup white vinegar
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 tablespoon pickling salt (or regular salt if unavailable)
    • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (optional, for a touch of sweetness)
  • Flavorings (optional):
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 4 whole black peppercorns
    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
    • 1 teaspoon fresh dill or coriander seeds


  1. Sterilize jars: Wash the jars and lids thoroughly with hot soapy water. Rinse well and sterilize them by submerging them in boiling water for 10 minutes. Remove with tongs and let cool completely before filling.
  2. Prepare the chilies: Wash the chilies and pat them dry. Choose your preferred slicing method:
    • Whole: Leave small peppers whole, pricking them with a fork a few times.
    • Rings: Slice larger peppers into thin rings.
    • Julienne: Cut peppers into thin strips.
  3. Combine pickling brine: In a saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, salt, and sugar (if using). Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Pack the jars: Divide the chilies and any optional flavorings (bay leaf, peppercorns, garlic, etc.) between the sterilized jars.
  5. Pour hot brine: Carefully pour the hot pickling brine over the chilies, filling the jars to within ½ inch of the rim.
  6. Seal and cool: Wipe the rims of the jars clean with a damp cloth. Secure the lids tightly and let the jars cool completely at room temperature.
  7. Refrigerate and enjoy: Once cool, transfer the pickled chilies to the refrigerator and store for at least 24 hours, allowing the flavors to develop. They will continue to mellow and become more flavorful over time. They will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator.


  • Wear gloves when handling chili peppers to avoid burning your hands.
  • Use a variety of chili peppers for a mix of colors and spice levels.
  • Experiment with different flavorings like ginger, mustard seeds, or fennel seeds.
  • Be sure to use airtight containers for long-term storage.
  • Remember, homemade pickled products are not shelf-stable and should be refrigerated.
Homemade Pickled Chili

Delicious ways to enjoy Pickled Chili

Pickled chilies offer a vibrant punch of spicy and tangy flavor, and their versatility shines in many culinary applications. Here are some ways to use them:

As a Condiment:

  • Add to sandwiches and wraps: Tuck them into your favorite vegetarian, meat, or cheese sandwich, or add some zest to wraps for an extra kick.
  • Elevate salads: Scatter some chopped pickled chilies on top of your salad for a spicy and flavorful surprise.
  • Spice up soups and stews: Add a few chopped chilies or even a spoonful of the pickling liquid to enhance the flavor profile of soups and stews.
  • Liven up charcuterie boards: Offer whole or sliced pickled chilies alongside cheeses, meats, and olives for a delightful flavor contrast.

As a Cooking Ingredient:

  • Incorporate into stir-fries: Add chopped pickled chilies to your stir-fry mix for a vibrant burst of flavor.
  • Flavor sauces and dips: Use them in marinades, salad dressings, or dips like salsa for a tangy and spicy element.
  • Enliven fried rice dishes: Add chopped pickled chilies or a splash of the pickling liquid for an unexpected depth of flavor.
  • Enhance noodle soups: Throw in a few whole or chopped pickled chilies to Asian-inspired noodle soups like pho or ramen for a delightful savory and spicy addition.

Additional Tips On Pickled Chili

  • Start with a small amount and adjust according to your desired heat level.
  • The pickling brine can also be used as a flavorful addition to salad dressings or marinades.
  • Use chopped pickled chilies as a garnish for cocktails or Bloody Marys for a spicy kick.
  • Experiment and find creative ways to incorporate pickled chilies into your dishes – the possibilities are endless!

Remember, pickled chilies are a fantastic way to add a touch of heat and tang to your culinary creations. So get creative, have fun, and enjoy the vibrant flavor they bring!