Texas Christmas Pickles


These spicy-sweet pickles are a Texas tradition. My mother and I have made these delectable pickles for Christmas every year since I was young. We separate each batch into smaller jars and give them as gifts to friends and family. I would hate to think what would happen if we skipped a year!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
7 days
Total Time:
7 days 30 mins
4 quarts


  • 1 gallon dill pickles, drained

  • 1 (5 ounce) bottle hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)

  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 (5 pound) bag of white sugar


  1. Slice pickles lengthwise, then return to the jar. Pour in hot pepper sauce and add garlic. Pour in about 1/3 of the sugar. Close the lid tightly, then gently tip the jar back and forth several times to allow everything to mix well. Leave the jar on the counter at room temperature for about 1 week.

  2. Add more sugar during the week as the sugar in the jar dissolves, gently tipping the jar back and forth to mix after each addition. Continue throughout the week, until all sugar has been added and absorbed; pickles will be dark green and crispy.

  3. Just before the pickles are ready, inspect four 1-quart jars for cracks and rings for rust, discarding any defective ones. Immerse in simmering water for 5 minutes.

  4. Transfer pickles and syrup to sterilized jars and seal with lids and rings. Store in the refrigerator for up to one month.


You can also use this same process with jalapeño peppers, just omit the hot pepper sauce. The result is sweet-hot jalapeños.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of brine and syrup. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

116 Calories
0g Fat
30g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 80
Calories 116
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 424mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 58mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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