Instant Pot Cowboy Candy (Candied Jalapenos)

These candied jalapenos are the perfect balance of sweet and heat that can be used as a condiment in many different ways. My favorite is on hot dogs or piled over cream cheese paired with crackers as an appetizer. These will keep in the refrigerator for 3 months.

Instant Pot Cowboy Candy Candied Jalapenos
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Rest Time:
5 days 10 mins
Total Time:
5 days 1 hrs


  • 1 ½ cups distilled white vinegar

  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar

  • 1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon celery seed

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 ½ pounds jalapeno peppers, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rings


  1. Inspect your canning jars for cracks and rings for rust, discarding any defective ones. Immerse in simmering water until jalapenos are ready. Wash new, unused lids and rings in warm soapy water.

  2. Combine vinegar, granulated sugar, brown sugar, turmeric, celery seed, and garlic powder in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®). Stir until sugar has softened. Add jalapeno rings and stir again until combined.

  3. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 0 minutes. Allow 15 minutes for pressure to build (the jalapenos will cook in the 15 minutes it takes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure).

  4. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Using a slotted spoon, transfer jalapeno rings to hot, sterilized canning jars.

  5. Select the Saute function. Cook liquid for 8 minutes. Turn off and let cool for 10 minutes. Pour syrup over jalapeno rings. Seal and refrigerate for a minimum of 5 days for best results.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

132 Calories
0g Fat
33g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 132
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Potassium 98mg 2%

* 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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