What’s in Season: Jalapenos

  • Pin It
  • print
  • email to a friend
By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Pronounced “hah-lah-PEH-nyoh”, these little peppers pack a punch! They’re great pickled, sliced, fried, and especially stuffed! They’re versatility is endless. They can be used traditionally, by spicing up cornbread or pico de gallo, or paired with other, more unconventional flavors, like cream cheese or even peanut butter!

History:
The jalapeno’s use dates back to the Aztecs. It is named after Xalapa (“Jalapa”) in Veracruz Mexico where these peppers originated. Christopher Columbus is credited with bringing the jalapeno to Europe, but how the pepper arrived in the United States is unknown.

Selecting:
You want your jalapeno to be firm and smooth-skinned. Any wrinkling on the pepper means it is old. Their skin should have solid green coloring. The “dry lines” on a jalapeno are not considered a blemish, but a sign of their maturity and hotness. Avoid jalapenos that are bruised, wrinkled, or soft, and obviously those with spots of mold.

Storing/Freezing:
Store peppers in the vegetable crisper of your refrigerator. They’re best when used within 5 days of harvesting, but it really is hard to know these days when your pepper was picked. If you want your peppers dried (to crumble or grind), attach a string to their stem and hang them in a dark place. Another fun way to store peppers is to pickle them. Peter Piper had it right—these things are delicious!  Remember, the seeds and veins are the hottest part of the pepper, so it’s easy to reduce the heat by removing these two things before using the pepper.

Yield:
A single jalapeno plant will generally produce about 25-30 peppers per season.

Spice up any meal with these little peppers and it’s sure to be a hit! Here are some of our favorite jalapeno recipes:
Jalapeno Hushpuppies
Grilled Cheese and Bacon Jalapeno Poppers
Jalapeno Cracklin’ Corn Bread
Mexican Shrimp and Grits
Peppery Coleslaw with Orange Chili Vinaigrette
Sweet Potato Chili Cakes with Cilantro Lime Sauce
Grilled Chicken with Rhubarb Salsa
Biscuit and Blue Cheese Bread Pudding
Mahi Mahi Lettuce Wraps

Read More From What's in Season.

You May Also Like These Blogs:

You May Also Like These Recipes:

  • Bobby’s Lighter French Coconut Pie Bobby’s Lighter French Coconut Pie
    54321
    View Now
  • Peach Smoothie Peach Smoothie
    54321
    View Now
  • Grilled Chicken Pitas Grilled Chicken Pitas
    54321
    View Now
  • Cheesiest Fried Chicken Empanadas with Chili Con Queso Dip Cheesiest Fried Chicken Empanadas with Chili Con Queso Dip
    43211
    View Now

Leave a Comment

Reader Comments:

54321

Love everything you do

By Mitzi wix on August 28, 2012

54321

i think this is great im from the northwest by seattle i enjoy seafood. and this is vary good thank you.

By mark bunney on August 28, 2012

54321

Paula,you are certainly one of a kind. I just love every thing about you..from your personality to your cooking!! I feel like we could sit down at the dinner table and chat for hours..Keep on being "you"..we love you!!

By Linda Anderson on August 28, 2012

54321

If my mother was alive, she would love Paula Deen and her show, because she has such a sit down and have some coffee kind of neighbor, i am pretty sure a slice of pie would come with it. I love her i am who i am, down to earth type of person. I have one of her cook books and many times i have been on her web site and use a recipe for dinner or a party dish i had to bring. Thanks Paula

By lucy Fernandez on August 28, 2012

54321

Have a garden where I can pick fresh peppers. Think I will try the string for drying. Wish we had Paula's Pickled Pepper recipe. Hint hint.

By Janelle Jones on August 28, 2012

54321

I made jalapeno jelly a couple of weeks ago. I am not a fan of jalapenos but my brother had some and I thought let me try making jelly out of them. I found a recipe for it so now I have 7 half pints of it and it'll be given away as Christmas gifts to family jalapeno lovers.

By Teresa Cortez on August 28, 2012

54321

THANK YOU FOR GIVING SOME PEPPER RECIPES. IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE I'D LOVE TO HAVE THEM. I RAISE PEPPERS EVERY YEAR IN MY FLOWERS AND FRONT YARD..smile I THINK YOU ARE THE GREATEST AND LOVE YOU AND YOU LOOK GREAT AND ALWAYS SO BEAUTIFUL. I'M REALLY FROM NE TENNESSEE, BUT GOT STUCK IN JAX,BUT WE LOVE IT HERE.. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO. DONNA HERBERT...

By Donna Herbert on August 28, 2012

54321

I make Mexican cornbread all the time using Jalapenos. Love it hot! Would you have the recipe gor Jalapeno rolls or muffins? Had them at a restuarate lately and they were delicious! Hope to get an answer soon....Nadine Cyrus

By Nadine Cyrus on August 28, 2012

54321

I just wanted to take time to say thanks for thinking of us here in mississippi.......love you and ya food lol ....us oh southern gals know good cookin.......nell Harrison

By Johnnie nell harrison on August 28, 2012

54321

I LOVE PAULA DEAN , I HAVE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT COOKING FROM HER AND WATCHING HER SHOW .SHE IS A LOT OF FUN AND BRIGHT AS THE SUNSHINE . LOVVVVVEEE HER. GLENDA MURDEN .

By glenda murden on August 25, 2011

54321

Can these peppers be cut up & frozen? Txs!Sandra Boles

By Sandra Boles on August 18, 2011

54321

When you freeze jalapenos, how do you prepare first?

By carolyn on August 17, 2011

54321

Paula, we just love you and your southern recipe's. We are starting a jam, jelly and specialty bread business. We would love you to taste one of our specialty breads. We haven't named it yet but it has mango, pineapple, Spiced rum and coconut water in it. We would love to have you here in central Florida soon. Please let us know when you are coming and we will bring the bread. Thanks and love ya southern style Corey and Crystal (aka Aunt Crystal) Morris We're on Facebook Aunt Crystal's Jam'N Jellyz and Twitter @AuntCrystal email is jamnjellyz@live.com Phone NUmber 813-380-2051

By Aunt Crystal's JamN Jellyz on August 17, 2011

54321

I freeze jalapenos as well. Can be used to make jelly or used in soups and stews!

By Teresa on August 17, 2011

54321

Where is your recipe for pickled peppers??

By Bob on August 17, 2011

image
Paula Deen
Paula Deen
The Lady's Blog
The Queen of Southern Cuisine muses about her recipes, life and family. See Posts

Brooke Deen
Brooke Deen
Deen Mother
Advice on raising two boys (three counting Jamie). See Posts

Brandon Branch
Brandon Branch
Southern Style
Decorating Inspiration from Paula's Design Director. See Posts

Julia Sayers
Julia Sayers
Hot off the Press
Step behind the pages and let the Associate Editor of Cooking with Paula Deen fill you in on what goes into creating every issue. See Posts

Lisa Scarbrough
Lisa Scarbrough
Thrift Store Mommy
Mom on a dime advice from Paula's Digital Properties Manager. See Posts

Andrea Goto
Andrea Goto
Mom 2.0
Tips from a real-world mom with comedic tendencies. See Posts

Martha Lee
Martha Lee
Earth Mother
Practical, earth-conscious ways to live and parent in the 21st century. See Posts

Susan Greene a.k.a BUBBLES
Susan Greene a.k.a BUBBLES
Bubbles' Corner
Ideas and advice from a 21st Century young at heart Grandmother. See Posts

Cindy Edwards
Cindy Edwards
Southern Proper
Etiquette advice from a true Southern belle. See Posts

image

hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 7:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 3:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm