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Jalapeno Salt

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Jalapeno salt is so easy to make at home, all you need is dried jalapenos or other peppers and coarse kosher salt! This delicious salt is perfect on everything from margarita rims, to popcorn, to steak and eggs.

Flavoured finishing salts are so fun. They are a great way to add some complexity to your dish without a whole lot of work.

That fact coupled with my constant need to experiment in the kitchen has brought out some pretty cool flavoured salts. I've tackled smoked salt, and sriracha salt. Today, I'm going to share my jalapeno salt.

This jalapeno salt recipe is dedicated to experiments gone right.

A spoon full of green tinged jalapeno salt.
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Tips + Tricks

No. 1 --> This recipe requires dehydrated peppers, don't worry, I've got a great dehydrated jalapenos tutorial for you. I'll include brief directions for dehydrating the peppers in this recipe, but there's tons of information in my tutorial if you need more!

No. 2 --> If you've got a mask (haha, who am I kidding, it's 2021, of course you do!) think about wearing it while blending the salt and jalapenos. The jalapenos can give off some strong fumes!

No. 3 --> Pick over the dried peppers carefully, any that aren't completely brittle need to be dried longer or discarded as they will add moisture to your salt and that's a pain in the behind.

overhead view of a jar of jalapeno salt.

Key ingredients

Jalapenos: You'll need dried jalapenos for this recipe. As with any dried food, proper storage of the dried peppers goes a long way in ensuring the quality of flavor, so ensure your dried jalapenos are up to snuff!

Salt: I like to use coarse kosher salt for this recipe. Coarse sea salt would work too, but it's a harder salt so it may need more blending than kosher.

dehydrated jalapenos and kosher salt in measuring cups.

How to make jalapeno salt

  1. Wash and dice fresh jalapenos. Spread them on a dehydrator tray and dehydrate for 6-10 hours at 125f, or until completely brittle. See How To: Dehydrate Jalapeno Peppers for more information.
  2. Add the dried peppers to the bowl of your food processor and pulse 2-3 times. The goal here is to break up the jalapenos into smaller pieces before we add the salt - as I like coarse salt. If you don't mind a finer salt, skip that step.
  3. Once the jalapenos are chopped down a bit, add the salt.
  4. Pulse the food processor until the salt and jalapenos are completely combined and the texture is as desired, less blending will equal larger pieces while more blending will result in a finer grind.
  5. Transfer the salt to an airtight container for storage and add to a shaker or salt bowl when required.

How to use jalapeno salt

This section might be better served by asking how not to use jalapeno salt. Aside from mixing in your coffee, I cannot think of a single bad use for this salt!

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Batch + storage information

Batch:

This recipe whips up about 1 1/2 cups of jalapeno salt. It can be scaled easily up or down, though, at the rate that you'll use this salt, I don't recommend all the work for a half batch - it will be gone too fast!

Scale:

  • 5 jalapenos (about 1/4 cup dried) - 1/2 cup coarse salt
  • 10 jalapenos (about 1/2 cup dried) - 1 cup coarse salt
  • 30 jalapenos (about 1 1/2 cup dried) - 3 cups coarse salt

Storage:

As with any dried herb or spice, this homemade jalapeno salt should be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dark cupboard. It will keep well over a year as the salt will help preserve the dried peppers too!

A jar of jalapeno salt.

Food processor: I have a CUISINART FOOD PROCESSOR that is probably 10 years old, and it's a total workhorse! This unit is perfect for blending up these dehydrated jalapenos and salt for a kick ass jalapeno salt.

Dehydrator: I have and love(!) a 9 RACK EXCALIBUR DEHYDRATOR. We use it to DEHYDRATE CITRUS WHEELSGARLICSTRAWBERRIEs, PEARS and even, DEHYDRATE MARSHMALLOWS, and much more. It's got a 24-hour timer and very precise temperature controls so it's great for dehydrating various foods.

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A spoon full of green tinged jalapeno salt.
Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Jalapeno Salt

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Add some zip to your dish with this delicious jalapeno salt! It's the perfect blend of flavor, salt and spice for nearly anything you can think to use salt on!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dehydrated jalapenos (about 10)
  • 1 cup coarse kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Wash and dice fresh jalapenos. Spread them on a dehydrator tray and dehydrate for 6-10 hours at 125f, or until completely brittle.
  2. Add the dried peppers to the bowl of your food processor and pulse 2-3 times. The goal here is to break up the jalapenos into smaller pieces before we add the salt. lt. If you don't mind a finer salt, skip this step.
  3. Once the jalapenos are chopped down a bit, add the salt.
  4. Pulse the food processor until the salt and jalapenos are completely combined and the texture is as desired, less blending will equal larger pieces while more blending will result in a finer grind.
  5. Transfer the salt to an airtight container for storage and add to a shaker or salt bowl when required.

Notes

* See HOW TO: DEHYDRATE JALAPENO PEPPERS for more information on dehydrating jalapenos

* Wear a mask while blending this jalapeno salt if you've got one. It's strong!

how to use jalapeno salt


Batch:

This recipe whips up about 1 1/2 cup of jalapeno salt. It can be scaled easily up or down, though, at the rate that you'll use this salt, I don't recommend all the work for a half batch - it will be gone too fast!

Scale:

  • 5 jalapenos (1/4 cup dried) - 1/2 cup coarse salt
  • 10 jalapenos (1/2 cup dried) - 1 cup coarse salt
  • 30 jalapenos (1 1/2 cups dried) - 3 cups coarse salt

Storage:

As with any dried herb or spice, this homemade jalapeno salt should be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dark cupboard. It will keep well over a year as the salt will help preserve the dried peppers too!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

100

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1132mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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