Pickle & Preserve

Quick Hot PickledĀ Peppers

May  5, 2015
2 Ratings
Photo by Bobbi Lin
  • Makes 1 pint
Author Notes

These are my take on Mama Lil's small pickled peppers out of the Pacific Northwest. Because they're hard to come by in Brooklyn, I had to make my own. —Mei Chin

What You'll Need
  • 4 ounces mini bell peppers
  • 4 ounces hot chile peppers
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 1 bay leaf, preferably fresh
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  1. Keeping the hot and sweet peppers separate, chop off the stems then cut each of the peppers in half lengthwise, and then in half again to quarter each of them. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the vinegars, salt, sugar, oregano, bay leaf, garlic, olive oil, peppercorns, and hot peppers. Bring to a simmer.
  3. As soon as the mixture comes to a simmer, add the bell pepper slices. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the peppers look swollen and translucent.
  4. Remove from heat, and allow the mixture to cool in the saucepan. Transfer the peppers to a container using a slotted spoon, then pour the liquid over the top. Store in an airtight container the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

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Mei Chin

Recipe by: Mei Chin

Let's have dinner sometime. There will be champagne and ice cream for sure; everything else is up in the air.

8 Reviews

Geoffrey S. September 5, 2019
Mama Lil's peppers do NOT have sugar in the recipe. Read the ingredients.
Roy C. November 7, 2018
It's hard to find Mama Lil's in Albuquerque, so I appreciate this recipe. Flavors are a very good approximation to Mama Lil's. I used bright red Fresno peppers when they were plentiful in the market, mixed with Costco mini bells. Will definitely do this one again. Thanks!
borntobeworn July 24, 2016
Do you remove the seeds from the peppers?
Roy C. November 7, 2018
Depends on how much heat you want. I removed most seeds but left some in the mixture.
Suzanne A. May 10, 2015
What kind of chiles do you recommend?
Roy C. November 7, 2018
I used bright red Fresno peppers when they were plentiful at end of summer / beginning of fall. They worked out great.
Sherry May 9, 2015
If you add only the bell peppers to the simmering vinegar mixture, when to you add the chile peppers?
Lucy May 9, 2015
It says to add them in the heated mixture...