Sweet & Spicy Pickled Green Tomatoes

Oh my friend, let me tell you that you ain't never had a pickled green tomatoes recipe like this one.  Well, maybe you have, but I haven't.  I got the recipe over the phone from a farmer who said it was his grandmother's recipe.  He said she was probably turning over in her grave because he was giving away her recipes.  I can just see her right now.   She's doing cartwheels as I post her recipe on the internet! OOWee! Well, that's alright.  Good recipes are suppose to live on, not die with their makers. Anyhoo.  I had fun making up this batch of pickled green tomaters.  The hardest part was waitin' three weeks before I could open the jars to taste them.  It was stressed to me the importance of letting the peppers, carrots and red bell pepper marry up with each other for a good while before eating.  And I'm so glad I waited.  If I had known those carrots were going to ROCK like they did, I would have put a whole more carrot sticks in the jars.  Mercy are they good!


Makes 9 pints

  • 2 gallons green tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 gallon white onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 pint small Serrano or jalapeño peppers, whole or cut in half & seeded
  • 6 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 cups white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup table salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh ground pepper
  • 3 to 5 carrots, scraped and cut into matchsticks or medallions
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into strips, squares or diamonds, whatever you desire

Put the green tomatoes, onions, and serrano peppers in a large pot.  Bring to a boil then count off 5 minutes.  Transfer hot vegetables to hot canning jars. Tuck the carrots and bell peppers around the edges, as many as can fit. Seal and process in waterbath canner for 5 minutes.  After the jars have cooled for 24 hours, check to make sure they have a good seal before storing in a cool, dark place. It's best to wait at least 3 weeks before poppin' the lid on a jar for good eatin'.  It's really worth it to wait 2 months.  These sweet and spicy tomatoes keep gettin' better the longer they set.


To measure out 2 gallons of green tomatoes cut into wedges:  cut the top off a one gallon vinegar jug.  Fill the jug and you've got 1 gallon! I learned this from the farmer's wife.  She's pickled this recipe plenty and she knows what's she's talking about.

Below is a picture of the TOMATOES, ONIONS and HOT PEPPERS ready to cook in the pot.

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  • Jimmy Sanders

    Tried making some of the sweet and spicy pickled tomaters. Preliminary tasting(little that was left after filling the jars) says they are great. Have you tried this recipe without cooking the tomatoes? I’ve done dill pickled tomatoes and just did the boilng bath after cooking the brine. I’ve also done sweet jalepenos with out the boilng bath and they turned out great. Both were nice and crunchy.

  • Rose

    Did you mean 1/4 cup black pepper?

    • Yep, 1/4 cup black pepper. Sounds like a lot, but it’s not. Consider we are seasoning 2 gallons of green tomatoes.

      • Rose

        I made these last fall, and I’m getting ready to make more today. Mine made much more than 9 pints. Did you mean 9 quarts? Everyone loves them and can hardly wait for another batch. I have 1 jar left to carry me over until the new batch is ready. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Rose

    Thanks for clarifying that. I am going to try your recipe. Did you cut your peppers and remove seeds or leave them? I have jalapeno and red chili peppers in my garden. Do you think that will work? My jalapenos are pretty mild and the red chilis might add a little more heat.

  • Cindy Lou

    Are these crunchy? I like crucnchyish ones

    • I would say they have more of a soft-crisp bite to them. PERFECT with snack crackers. I could eat a jar all by myself, no problem.

  • Vicki Waspe

    Just going to try this today. From the picture it looks like left the jalapeño pepper whole, seeds and all. Is that correct? Also, after putting veggies in jar, do u also put in some of the brine?

  • Becky Snyder

    can I substitute asparagus for this recipe?

    • I have never tried it to pickle asparagus. You’ll have to tell me if that’s possible.

  • Bonnie Guy

    Cant wait to try

  • steve

    i know this is a dumb question but are you boiling the tomatoes in the brine ?