South Texas jalapeno jerky on white dish with fresh jalapenos cut in half

South Texas Jalapeno Jerky

South Texans love their Jalapenos, and this easy to make jerky will satisfy that craving! So get your spice on and make some jerky!

Course Beef Jerky, Jerky, Snack
Cuisine American, Beef Jerky
Keyword beef jerky, jalapeno, Jalapeno beef jerky
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 150 kcal
Author Will


Lean Beef:


  • 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 diced jalapeno
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke mesquite



  • 1/2 tbsp ground jalapeno pepper


  1. Pick a lean cut of beef and trim off all visible fat. After trimming the fat, place the beef in the freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  2. While the meat is hardening in the freezer, add worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, beef broth, liquid smoke, and jalapeno in a blender and blend until jalapeno pieces are very small. Pour marinade into zip lock bag.

  3. After meat has hardened, but is not fully frozen, take out of freezer to slice. Using a sharp knife, slice the meat 1/4" to 1/8" thick.

  4. Add beef strips to your marinade and shake the bag coating meat evenly. Allow 6-24 hours to marinate the jerky. Shake/mix the bag every couple hours to allow the marinade to evenly soak in to each piece of meat.

  5. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle on ground jalapeno pepper (optional). Add heavily for a real kick, or light for a nice spice.

  6. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. A dehydrator was used when making this recipe. The slices were placed on dehydrator racks so they were not overlapping or touching. Dried for 3 hours at 165 degrees and another 1 hours at 145 degrees.

  7. Jerky will be finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half. Allow to cool for several hours before storing in air tight containers.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
South Texas Jalapeno Jerky
Amount Per Serving (70 g)
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 1277mg56%
Potassium 464mg13%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 41IU1%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.