Fried Jalapeño

My sister and I stopped at a new Mexican restaurant a few weeks ago. We weren’t super hungry so we just ordered sides. One of the items was fried jalapeño. I’m thinking decadent breaded and deep fried. But that’s not what we got. It was simply a pepper that had been fried and sprinkled with some salty, spicy, slightly sweet seasoning.

The pepper was still green in the middle and slightly crunchy. And the flavor exploded in my mouth! I had to come home and give it a try. Here’ s what I came up with – and although my peppers had a lot of heat – they were just as good!!

How to Do it:

First, wash the peppers and dry them well. While they are drying, heat some oil that is about 2 inches deep in a small pan.

Now, carefully lay the pepper into the hot oil and cook until the skin starts to bubble, then remove from the oil to drain.

Next, sprinkle all sides with tajin classico seasoning.

And finally, place each jalapeño on a plate and serve hot. And that’s it! An appetizer that your mouth will love!


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Fried Jalapeño
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
7 mins

Super easy, simply fried and seasoned. A perfect party appetizer or just a snack for you and the family.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: jalepeno
Author: HelenFern
  • 8 whole jalapeños
  • Oil for frying (peanut oil is traditional)
  • Tajin Classico seasoning
  1. Heat the oil in a small pan.

  2. Carefully place the peppers in the hot oil being careful not to over crowd.

    Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Remove from the oil and place on paper towels to drain.

  4. Sprinkle with tajin. 

  5. Allow to cool slightly but serve hot!

Recipe Notes

Tajin can be purchased at most Mexican markets or you can order it online via Amazon.

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13 Responses to Fried Jalapeño

  1. Mimi says:

    I really like what you did! Love that seasoning mixture. I’ve had grilled shishito peppers at restaurants but can’t buy them to make them at home. But I think what I’ve had involved miso in some way. Great post.

  2. Zeba Durrani says:

    What a lovely idea…loving it. Thanks for sharing on Fiesta Friday!

  3. This is such a lovely idea to use jalapeno peppers!
    Thank you for the recipe – bookmarking it to try out later. :)

  4. Debanita says:

    What a lovely idea of using the jalapenos. Thanks for sharing this at Fiesta Friday!

  5. Jahaziel Maqqebet says:

    These are called Chile Toreados in Texas

    • HelenFern says:

      I didn’t know that!! Thanks for the info!! I love learning about food as it relates to different places and cultures.

  6. Edward says:

    I have sautéed jalapeños (toreados) at least twice a week. I don’t use that much oil, just a dollop of olive oil. I like them completely tender, so I cook them on low heat, turning them occasionally to prevent burning. I dust them with Tajin and they are a side dish.

  7. William G Jackson Jr says:

    I am surprised that no one mentioned the very strong aroma produced when fried. Venting is, on my experience, essential! Tasty, oh yes, but pungent.

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