Dried jalapeno slices are great to use in recipes or to grind into a powder as a spicy seasoning. Only 1 ingredient needed and stores well to be used later on.
Find a sale and wondering how to make dried jalapenos in the oven? It is easier than you might think and a great way to save them for later too. If you like hot food but don’t always want to go to the store to buy fresh produce often, this is a great way to dehydrate and preserve them. (affiliate links present)
You do NOT need an expensive dehydrator to dry vegetables and fruit. Yes that is handy if you do have one at home but sometimes takes less time if you just use your good old fashioned oven. What can you do with a lot of jalapeno peppers you might ask? Well the options are endless but when it comes to saving them for a long time, this is the key.
The first time I saw that the grocery store was basically giving these babies away, I wrote a post on pickling fruits and vegetables. That method is great too if you haven’t yet tried it. Another fantastic way to marinate them in a brine and store for a long period of time to use later. This is even simpler though with just a sheet pan…that is it.
Want to know how to dehydrate jalapenos in the oven?? Of course you do or you wouldn’t be here right now. Ok first off I will say that I am very sensitive to heat.
- If you are as well I would suggest wearing a pair of latex gloves when you slice these. I do the same thing when cooking hatch chiles and it’s a game changer.
You could also use a mandolin but honestly that thing kinda’ freaks me out and I am way too accident prone to use that baby. If you’re a lot braver than I am then you can get really even slices with that, just set to 1/8″ and go for it. In my case I just use a cutting board and really sharp knife and just go at it.
You can eyeball it pretty well, you just want them to be about the same thickness and pretty thin overall. You can see here how they look once they’ve taken a trip in the oven for a few hours. If using a dehydrator machine you would need to;
- Rinse your pieces and pat them dry with paper towels
- Slice each one into 1/8 – 1/4 inch thick slices depending on your preference
- If you wanted to dehydrate whole jalapeno peppers, use a sharp knife to cut a few slits in the top
- Spread on your dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 125 degrees F for about 9-10 hours or until firm
Dried Jalapeno Slices
When using the oven I have directions below. You can print the recipe card as well if you’d like but I have a quick look at how you make them here too. If you would rather jump to recipe use the button at the top of this post;
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
- Cut the ends off of each jalapeno and discard.
- Slice each whole fresh peppers into 1/8 inch slices.
- Place fresh sliced jalapeno peppers in the oven on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.
- Dehydrate jalapeños peppers for 2 hours or until they are hard and dried.
From there you want them to completely dry and cool to room temperature before storing in bags or mason jars. It is important to store properly so they stay hard and for a long duration.
How to Preserve Jalapeno Peppers
When you are done with these steps you want to allow them to cool entirely. You can then use a spice grinder to make them into a jalapeno powder to keep, or keep them whole in a baggie. The most important thing is to ensure you remove all the air out first.
Using a vacuum sealer is your best bet. Second just suck all the air out and seal well. Store in a dry environment for up to a year (sometimes longer!)
How do you rehydrate jalapeno peppers
If you want to use them later, but not dried you can soften them up again! All you need is a small dish of hot water. Enough so you can submerge the amount you want to use.
- Leave them in there for about 10 minutes or until the whole thing has softened to your liking. Then add into a recipe like our hummus with canned chickpeas, or on nachos.
Note that they won’t become as alive and vibrant as fresh jalapenos would be. They will be limp and not a bright green as if they were at the beginning.
The only reason to do this is if you don’t want it to stay crunchy in your dish. The most common uses for these is to make them into a seasoning, similar to dry Sriracha. Just a tad will do it, go easy at first because it is almost impossible to tone it down if you add too much at the beginning. Start with 1 chopped up or 1/8 tsp if ground.
How to Dry Jalapenos in Oven
Hot peppers are great for so many things. The great spice and taste you love can still be enjoyed year round this way. This is a great method if you don’t want to spend $ on a food dehydrator. Much faster than if you were to try and air dry peppers over 3-4 weeks in your home. Like really who has time for that??
You can easily double this to save half of them sliced and the other you can use a coffee grinder even to make into a seasoning.
Want to see a few of my favorite things that I am totally obsessed with?? Take a peek and see how many you might already have…twinsies!
- 4 jalapenos sliced
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Cut the ends off of each jalapeno and discard. Slice crosswise into 1⁄8 inch slices.
- Place jalapeno slices on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Bake for 2 hours or until they are hard and dried.