Sweet and Spicy Cowboy Candy (a.k.a Candied Jalapenos)

Sweet and Spicy Cowboy Candy (a.k.a Candied Jalapenos)

Sweet and Spicy Cowboy Candy recipe, a.k.a. Candied Jalapeños. Add a layer to cream cheese to make a quick and easy holiday appetizer. Spicy jalapeño rings are marinated in a sweet simple syrup to create a flavorful and versatile condiment.

A mason jar full of cowboy candy surrounded by crackers, bread and a white napkin.

We LOVE our jalapeño recipes here at Foodie and Wine. One of our long time reader favorites is our Pickled Peppers Recipe and last week we posted the recipe to our beloved Cranberry Jalapeno Dip. Next up is a classic we’ve been making for over 20 years – Sweet and Spicy Cowboy Candy Jalapeños, better known as Candied Jalapeños. 

 

What is Cowboy Candy?

Cowboy Candy is something special. Spicy jalapeno peppers are marinated in a sweet sugar glaze to create a powerhouse condiment. The jalapeños soften, yet retain their heat, which is balanced by the sugar-based glaze. This recipe is considered a small batch Cowboy Candy, but you can easily double or tripe to make large batch Cowboy Candy. Many of the ingredients you may already have on-hand if you’re into pickling recipes.

White plate topped with cream cheese and cowboy candy. Jar full of candied jalapenos and crackers next to it.

Cowboy Candy Uses

This candied fruit recipe can be utilized in many different ways. Here are a few of my favorites:

 

Candied Jalapeno Dip

Dump a jar out over cream cheese and serve with crackers and bread. You could also serve it with pickled peaches. The combo would be amazing.

 

Baked Beans 

Add them to your favorite baked beans recipe (our favorite – Slow Cooker Refried Beans )

 

Grilled Meat

Marinate and/or top your favorite beef recipes and pork recipes with these bad boys. Think how amazing this sweet and spicy  glaze would be on chicken wing recipes

 

Sandwiches and Hamburgers

Two words: Grilled Cheese.

Three crackers on a white plate topped with cream cheese and cowboy candy.

If you’ve ever looked up Cowboy Candy for sale, you’ll know it’s not cheap. One popular brand on Amazon charges $12 per jar! This fruit candy recipe pencils to less than 25% of that and includes the exact same ingredients. Of course those jars are ready to eat upon delivery whereas making it from home requires some patience. 

 

Candied Jalapeno Recipe

A few tips to note before making this recipe:

 

Seeds in or seeds out? As with many jalapeno recipes, it’s up to you. It won’t affect the recipe other than the texture of the seeds. 

 

Try and let your jars of cowboy candy develop for 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator before enjoying, if possible. You can absolutely wait just a week, but a good month really brings out the texture and flavor.

 

There are three options for slicing up the jalapeños. All options are great – it really comes down to how you like to work in the kitchen. I pick “easy to clean” over “quick” any day of the week, but you may be the opposite.

 

1. If you’re a long time reader you know I detest whipping out my Mandoline slicer. Using it is great, but cleaning it in a safe way is a a hassle. But it works really well here.

 

2. Add the peppers, one at a time, through the feed chute of your food processor.

 

3. Whip out some gloves and cut them by hand with a sharp knife. I actually prefer this method. Sure it’s tedious but it’s less “stuff” to clean.

I’d love to hear how you’re planning on using Cowboy Candy! Leave a comment with your ideas and recommendations. 

 

Next time you have a bunch of jalapeños and are asking yourself “What Can I Make With A Bunch of Jalapeños” think Cowboy Candy! 

White plate topped with cream cheese and cowboy candy. Jar full of candied jalapenos and crackers next to it.

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Cowboy Candy (a.k.a. Candied Jalapeños)

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Make this sweet and spicy Cowboy Candy recipe, a.k.a. Candied Jalapeños, to make the best cream cheese dip for your holiday gathering. Spicy jalapeño rings are marinated in a sweet simple syrup. Top your sandwiches, burgers and nachos with this flavorful and versatile condiment.
Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Keyword Canned Recipes, Christmas Appetizer, Dip Recipe, Holiday Appetizer, Jalapeno Recipes, Mason Jar Recipes, Spicy Recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 314kcal
Cost $5

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 Lb Jalapeño Peppers
  • 3 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Granulated Garlic
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder (*Note 1)
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Turmeric Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Celery Seeds

Instructions

  • Cut the jalapeño peppers into 1/8″ round slices.
  • In a large sauce pan, add the sugar, vinegar, garlic, chili powder, turmeric and celery seeds and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer until the sugar mixture has a thick syrup consistency, approx. 5 minutes.
  • Add the pepper slices to the sauce pan and toss to coat. Raise the heat to return to a hard boil. Once a rolling boil is achieved, immediately reduce the heat again and simmer for 4 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the jalapeños to clean canning jars. Leave about 1/4″ of space at the top.
  • Reduce the syrup, one last time, by bring it to a full rolling boil for 5 minutes.
  • Ladle the syrup over the jalapeños until the syrup reaches about 1/4″ from the top.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Let the jalapeños marinate for a minimum of one week, before enjoying. (*Note 2)

Notes

Note 1 – Chili Powder is optional. Most of the major cowboy candy producers includes this ingredient in their recipes, but feel free to omit.

Note 2- Try and let your jars of cowboy candy develop for 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator before enjoying, if possible. You can absolutely wait just a week, but a good month really brings out the texture and flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 77g | Vitamin A: 611IU | Vitamin C: 67mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

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Festive Cranberry Jalapeño Dip

Festive Cranberry Jalapeño Dip

Tis’ the Season for Santa, Sleigh Rides and Festive Dips! My favorite festive dip is this Cranberry Jalapeño Dip. This no-bake dip recipe is loaded with tart cranberries and a kick of  jalapeño and layered over creamy cream cheese.

It’s the perfect holiday appetizer to serve to your family and guests. I legit grubbed 50% of it 10 minutes after finishing shooting.  It was my lunch AND dinner. My “healthy eating plan” may not be happy, but my stomach sure is. I’m not sorry. Especially since I pair it with our Mulled Wine recipe.

This Cranberry Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip is tangy and creamy and is much better than the Stonemill Cranberry Jalapeno Dip you find at Costco. The tartness of the cranberries is beautifully balanced by the spiciness of the jalapeños. A little sugar adds a touch of sweetness. Cranberry jalapeño dip is a festive, delightful appetizer guaranteed to please! If you like cranberry jalapeño salsa or cranberry jalapeño jam you’ll love this cranberry dip.

Ingredients to make cranberry jalapeno dip in a clear mixing bowl: cranberries, jalapenos, green onions and lemon.

How To Make Cranberry Jalapeño Dip

Cranberry jalapeño dip is easy to make and comes together quickly. Only a handful of ingredients are needed. If you prefer not to add the jalapeño, the dip will still be amazing. It will just be a Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip. 

 

Step 1. Coarsely chop the cranberries.

 

Step 2. Add in green onions, jalapeños, sugar, cumin, lemon juice, and salt. Pulse.

 

Step 3. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

 

Step 4. Place a block of cream cheese on a serving plate. Top with the cranberry jalapeño mixture. Serve with your preferred vessel. 

What should you serve with cranberry jalapeño dip?

There are many perfect vehicles for your delicious cranberry jalapeño dip, including butter crackers, Ritz crackers, wheat thins, pita chips, and French bread. Any bread, cracker, or chip that you like will work well!

 

If entertaining, I like having a batch of candied jalapeños,  pickled jalapeños and pickled banana peppers to serve with the crackers and cream cheese as well. Mix it up!

Ingredients to make cranberry jalapeno dip: cranberries, cream cheese, lemon, green onions, jalapenos, spices and crackers

How spicy is this dip recipe?

You can control the level of spice in this recipe. For the mildest version, remove the seeds from the jalapeño and use only one. Or omit all together to make it a Cranberry Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip. If you love spice, which is how I roll, use two jalapeños.

How do you chop cranberries?

Ideally, you should use a hand chopper to keep the cranberries chunky and to speed up your prep time. You can hand chop your cranberries, but it may take you a little longer. Alternatively, a food processer is a great substitute to a hand chopper, but there is some risk of over-blending resulting in a watery purée. But DON’T WORRY…..

What do you do if you over-blend the cranberries?

If your cranberries are chopped too finely, you may notice some excess liquid. No Worries! Drain the excess liquid through a fine mesh sieve or do what I’ve been known to do….just scoop it out with a spoon little by little. I promise, the flavor is exactly the same. 

a block of cream cheese topped with Cranberry jalapeno dip. Butter crackers and bread slices are in the background.

a block of cream cheese topped with Cranberry jalapeno dip. Butter crackers and bread slices are in the background.

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Festive Cranberry Jalapeno Dip

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This festive and fun cranberry jalapeno dip is the perfect holiday appetizer. Tart cranberries and spicy jalapeños combine for a holiday dip your family and guest will love.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas Appetizer, Cranberry, Dip, Holiday Appetizer, Jalapeno Recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 264kcal
Cost $5

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Fresh Cranberries (*Note 1)
  • 1/4 Cup Green Onions, Chopped (*Note 2)
  • 1-2 Jalapeno pepper, Seeded and Diced (*Note 3)
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar (+ More If You Like It Sweet) (*Note 4)
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 16 oz Cream Cheese, Softened
  • Crackers and/or Bread For Serving (*Note 5)

Instructions

  • Pulse the cranberries with a hand blender or food processor until coarsely chopped (you can also chop them by hand). DO NOT over blend. Add the green onions, jalapeño, sugar, cumin, lemon juice and salt and pulse until the ingredients are chopped and combined.
  • Transfer the mixture to a covered bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or up to overnight). (*Note 6)
  • Right before serving, place the block of cream cheese on a serving plate. Top with the cranberry mixture. You can do this step up to an hour before serving, however keep it stored in the refrigerator until ready to consume.
  • Serve with crackers or bread.

Notes

Note 1: If possible, use a hand chopper to chop the cranberries as to control the size. If you do over mix it, just drain off the excess liquid when you’re done making the recipe.

Note 2: Use both the green and white parts of the green onion.

Note 3: If you’re not sure how much spice you like, start with one and add a second for an extra kick. Go straight to 2 jalapeños if you like things spicy.

Note 4: Start with a 1/2 cup of sugar. You can add up to an extra 1/2 cup of sugar to this dip if you like things super sweet.

Note 5: Serve with butter crackers, Ritz crackers, wheat thins, pita chips, french bread or any other vessel you prefer for dips.

Note 6: This allows the tartness of the cranberries to mellow a smidge. You will have more liquid to drain off the longer it sits, but the flavor and quality will not be compromised. 

Nutrition

Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 837IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg

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