Have you been to a Taqueria and seen a bowl of jalapeños and carrots on the buffet next to the salsas and cilantro leaves? “Taqueria-Style” pickled jalapeños are a savory pickled escabeche made with vinegar and spices. It’s not very common to cook vegetables before canning them, but that’s what gives these pickled jalapeños a rich, deep flavor profile. The spicy, spiced, sour vegetables are the perfect pairing for tacos and cut through the fattiness of roasted meats as well. Pop them on a sandwich or use to kick up tartare sauce for fish.
Heat the oil in a large stainless-steel skillet over high heat. Add the jalapeños, garlic, carrots and onions. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until the jalapeños are blistered and the onions are softened, about 5 minutes. (Watch out! The cooking jalapeños can create fumes that make it hard to breathe. Avert your face from the skillet.)
Add 1 cup water, the vinegar, salt, bay leaves, oregano and thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer. Cook until the carrots are tender and the jalapeños are no longer bright green, about 15 minutes.
Pack the vegetables into a sterilized quart glass jar with a tight lid. Top with the vinegar cooking liquid and seal. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
Properly handled sterilized equipment will keep canned foods in good condition for one year. Making sure hands, equipment and surfaces in your canning area are clean is the first step in canning. Tips: Jars should be made from glass and free of any chips or cracks. Preserving or canning jars are topped with glass, plastic or metal lids that have a rubberlike seal. Two-piece metal lids are most common. To prepare jars before filling: Wash jars with hot, soapy water, rinse them well and arrange them open-side up, without touching, on a tray. To sterilize jars, boil them in a large saucepan, covered with water, for 10 minutes. Jars have to be sterilized only if the food to be preserved will be processed for less than 10 minutes in a boiling-water bath or pressure canner. To sterilize jars, boil them in a large saucepan, covered with water, for 10 minutes. Follow manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and preparing lids and bands. Use tongs or jar lifters to remove hot sterilized jars from the boiling water. Be sure the tongs are sterilized too: Dip the tong ends in boiling water for a few minutes before using them. All items used in the process of making jams, jellies, preserves and pickles must be clean, including any towels and especially your hands. After the jars are prepared, you can preserve the food. It is important to follow any canning and processing instructions included in the recipe and refer to USDA guidelines about the sterilization of canned products. Find Information information on canning can be found at the National Center for Home Food Preservation website: http://nchfp.uga.edu/.