Johnny Jalapeno's Cowboy Candy

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Fresh jalapenos is needed for this recipe which easily doubles/triples to do in batches for canning. This is JJ's chutney that will give your mouth a funky little roller coaster ride of hot & sweet. Serve it with cream cheese on crackers, or as chutney on Tortilla chips. Great for gift baskets! Remove the seeds from the jalepenos for 'Cowgirl Candy'. I have sometimes made this with an assortment of hot peppers from our garden.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place all ingredients into a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling.
  2. Reduce temperature to low and simmer 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally until liquid is reduced by about half.
  3. Let cool, stirring occasionally (it will thicken more as it cools) You can serve it warm or transfer to a jar and store in refrigerator. Serve with crackers spread with cream cheese and the candy.
  4. TO JAR FOR LONG STORAGE OR GIFTS: Carefully pour hot candy/jelly into sterilized 4 or 8 oz jars, leaving a 1/4" headspace. Wipe jar rims, place warm lids and rings atop and tighten hand tight. Process in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool on a wire rack.
Most Helpful

4 5

I was a little confused by the description/reviews. I expected the finished product to be a bit thicker, based on the photos. I did not use the gelatin, as I wasn't looking for a pepper jelly. That being said, the taste was very good. I used "full cowboy" leaving the seeds. I found it to be a bit salty, and will not add salt next time. I cooked an additional 25 minutes at simmer to try and reduce the liquid, but even after cooling for 3 hours, I still had lots of runny liquid left. For me this is a work in progress.....I'll keep trying to get the right consistency. It is definitely not too hot. So I encourage others to keep the is wonderful that way!

5 5

Made and served with Ritz crackers, and took the previous reviewers advice and added some cream cheese on the side.. It made for a delightful treat during the game. DS really enjoyed this too. Went full cowboy by the way.. Made for PRMR tag..

5 5

I made the Cowgirl Candy version, and my guests said to try at least the 1/2 cowgirl / 1/2 cowboy version since as delicious as it is, it can use more heat! We may ultimately go full cowboy on this one! I served this over a brick of cream cheese with my DH's favorite Wheat Thins crackers. We'll be making this again since it was such a BIG HIT! Thanks, 2Bleu! Made for PRMR Tag.