There’s this salsa recipe I wanted to try that calls for jalapeno juice. This was probably the first time I heard of the term ‘jalapeno juice.’
So naturally, I looked it up on Google but was surprised to see no blogs or videos telling me what jalapeno juice is, how it is made, or where I can purchase it.
But there was this one forum discussion dating back to 2016, where the author faced the exact same predicament as me – what on earth is jalapeno juice?
Here’s a list of answers good samaritans left on the forum.
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Jalapeno Juice? What Does It Mean?
“I think it sounds like they mean the juice from a can or jar of pickled jalapenos.”
“You can add brine from a pickle jar. For extra heat, add some crushed red pepper.”
“You can just use some diced fresh jalapeno pepper.”
“I don’t think fresh jalapenos give the same result as ‘jalapeno juice’. What you need is that pop from vinegar and spice. In my opinion, pickle juice is the next best thing.”
“Yeah, use pickle juice – you will do just fine.”
“Pickle juice tastes like pickle juice. And that’s not something I’d want in my salsa. Just use diluted vinegar or more lime juice.”
“I had some salsa and just threw some pickle juice into it. It tasted good actually.”
“Puree 2 or 3 jalapeno peppers in a blender and pour the mixture through a strainer to strain out pulp and make the juice smoother.”
So, as you can see – there are two different opinions. One calls to replace jalapeno juice with pickle juice, and the other suggests making “puree juice” from scratch.
Guess what I did? I tried both methods.
For the first batch, I used strained jalapeno puree, and it tasted heavenly.
For the second batch, I used 2 tbsp pickle juice. Unfortunately, the pickle juice didn’t meld well with other flavors. And the salsa tasted meh!
So coming back to the question: Jalapeno juice? What does it mean?
Honestly, I still have no idea. As of today, I haven’t found any specific recipe for making jalapeno juice. I’m also yet to come across any product marketed as pure jalapeno juice.
However, if you’re in a pickle like me, I suggest using strained jalapeno puree – not pickle juice. I think it is the closest substitute available.
So, my iteration of jalapeno juice is strained jalapeno puree. It’s not as runny as what we normally call ‘juice,’ but it still gets the job done.
Since we’re talking about jalapenos in this blog, let me share with you my favorite jalapeno juice recipe. Of course, it’s not made exclusively with jalapenos – it also features cucumber and pineapple.
Jalapeno Juice Recipe | With Cucumber And Pineapple
- 1 jalapeno, seeds removed
- 1 1/2 cucumber, peeled and cut into large pieces
- 1/2 pineapple, cut into large pieces
Pass all ingredients – cucumber, pineapple, and jalapeno – through a juicer. Serve over ice.
Clocking in at just 230 calories, this juice is rich in fiber and protein. It contains 0 cholesterol.
While at it, let me also share spicy and sweet jalapeno pepper syrup.
Before we end this article, here’s a look at some of the most frequently asked questions on *drumroll please* jalapeno juice!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is There Such A Thing As Jalapeno Juice?
Apparently, yes – jalapeno juice does exist despite the absolute lack of any trace on the internet. Unfortunately, I also didn’t find any information about commercially available jalapeno juice.
However, if it’s something you need for cooking, you can make jalapeno puree and strain it and just use the liquid. I did exactly that for my salsa recipe, and it worked perfectly fine.
Is Drinking Jalapeno Juice Good For You?
Jalapeno is known to alleviate conditions like arthritis, nasal congestion, headache, ulcer, and high blood pressure and promote weight loss. So yes, jalapeno juice is good for you in many ways.
You can incorporate jalapeno as a secret star ingredient in your other juice recipes too! I do so occasionally, and I love the subtle heat it provides.
What Does Jalapeno Do To Your Body?
Jalapeno is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. It is also low in calories. Research has shown that jalapeno promotes weight loss, can fight cancer, alleviate pain and infection, and keep the heart healthy.
Where Can I Buy Jalapeno Juice For Cocktails?
I think this is the product you’re looking for:
What Is Jalapeno Juice Substitute?
You can use pureed and strained jalapeno as a jalapeno juice substitute. You could also use pickle juice, but it will taste a little different.
Jalapeno Juice – Where To Buy?
Pure jalapeno juice doesn’t exist in the market yet. So, you can make jalapeno puree and strain it – and voila, your own DIY jalapeno juice.
Final Words: Jalapeno Juice?
Cutting to the chase, as of now, there’s no commercially available product called jalapeno juice. There’s not even a recipe online. So, to be honest, we don’t exactly know what we’re looking for.
But when all is said and done, I made a puree of a few jalapenos and strained it to get the juice for my salsa recipe, and it worked like magic!