Fried Pickled Jalapeños with Zesty Lime Ranch


These fried pickled jalapeños are light, tender, and oh-so-crunchy. The sauce is cool and fresh, so the two together are the perfect combo! The perfect party appetizer. Inexpensive, easy, and fast to make. Great with a cold beer!

Fried Pickled Jalapenos with Zesty Lime Ranch
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) jar large deli sliced jalapeno peppers (such as Mezzetta® Deli-Sliced Jalapenos)

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • 1 tablespoon dry ranch dressing mix

  • 1 medium lime, zested and juiced

  • 3 cups vegetable oil

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix

  • cup water

  • ¼ cup cornstarch


  1. Drain peppers and reserve 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon of brine from the jar. Pat peppers dry with paper towels.

  2. Combine sour cream, ranch seasoning, the zest and juice of the lime, and one teaspoon of reserved jalapeño liquid. Stir well and set aside. This could be made up to 3 days ahead.

  3. Pour oil in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Whisk together flour, taco seasoning, remaining reserved jalapeño juice, and water in a shallow dish until smooth. Toss dried jalapeños in cornstarch until lightly coated and shake off any excess. Coat slices in flour mixture with a fork and allow the excess to drip off.

  5. Add several coated slices to the hot oil and fry until golden and crisp, 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel to drain and repeat with remaining jalapeños, in batches. Serve immediately with ranch dip.

Cook's Note:

The largest sliced, jarred jalapeños work best for this recipe because they hold their shape, stay pleasantly crunchy, and aren't overly spicy.

Editor's Note:

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

667 Calories
68g Fat
15g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 667
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 68g 87%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 505mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 2g
Potassium 156mg 3%

* 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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