How Many Jalapenos in Pounds, Ounces and More

How many jalapeno peppers are there in different units of measure? We’re asking the same thing, so we created this handy guide. In a nutshell: one jalapeno pepper with seeds weighs approximately 0.5–1 oz (15–25 …

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How many jalapeno peppers are there in different units of measure? We’re asking the same thing, so we created this handy guide.

In a nutshell: one jalapeno pepper with seeds weighs approximately 0.5–1 oz (15–25 g). A 4-oz can contains 2–4 peppers; an ounce has ½ to 1 pepper, a pound contains 18–30 peppers, and a bushel of jalapenos has around 110 peppers.

Discover the other factors that can affect the weight of jalapeno peppers below!

How Much Do Jalapenos Weigh?

Like most vegetables, jalapeno peppers don’t have a standard weight or size. Generally speaking, one whole jalapeno weighs around 0.5–1 oz (15–25 g) and measures 2–3 inches long (source: Food Source Information: Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence).

Jalapenos come in many different types, and some of them vary in size and weight. Other varieties have no significant change in size or weight, though the flavor profile might be slightly different.

jalapeno peppers in a basket

Here are some of the most common jalapeno peppers with notes on their sizes where applicable:

  • Purple Jalapeno 
  • Yellow Jalapeno (Jaloro) — a bit larger than regular jalapeno
  • Lemon Spice Jalapeno
  • Mucho Nacho Jalapeno — a large variety that can grow up to 4 inches in length
  • Billy Biker Jalapeno — a large variety that can grow up to 3.5 inches in length
  • TAM Jalapeno (regarded as the regular green jalapeno pepper) — 3 to 3.5 inches long
  • Black Jalapeno — a small variety that grows into 3-inch pods
  • Orange Jalapeno — grows up to 3.5 inches in length
  • NuMex Piñata Jalapeño
  • Early Jalapeno

(source: Grow Hot Peppers).

One fresh jalapeno pepper with seeds has a weight of about 0.5–1 oz (15–25 g), while a cup of sliced jalapeno pepper without seeds weighs approximately 3 oz (90 g) (source: Cook’s Info). Wondering about eating jalapeno seeds and their effects? Check out my guide for more details.

A ½ cup serving of fresh sliced jalapenos weighs 1.59 oz (45 g) which is pretty much the same as canned seedless jalapenos, whether whole or sliced (source: Healthy Moms). If you want more information on sliced, diced, and chopped jalapeno conversions and substitutes, explore our complete article.

So, assuming a variety is larger than the regular one, then it will most likely be heavier than regular jalapeno peppers. For example, one Mucho Nacho jalapeno will most likely have more yield than a regular TAM jalapeno.

Are you curious if you can eat raw jalapenos and how they taste? You’re not alone—many wonder too! Find all the answers in my guide, a must-read for quick and reliable insights on their taste, safety, and potential benefits.

How Many Jalapenos in a Pound?

Based on the conversion above, here is an estimate of the number of jalapeno peppers per unit of measure in pounds and ounces:

Unit of Measure in Pounds and OuncesPieces of Jalapenos
1 lb18–30
½ lb9–15
1 ounce½ to 1
½ ounce¼ to ½ 

How Many Jalapenos Are in a 4oz Can?

Based on the conversion above, here is an estimate of the number of jalapeno peppers per 4oz can of jalapeno peppers:

4oz can, Whole and SlicedPieces of Jalapenos
Whole2–4
Sliced2–4
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How Many Jalapenos Are in a Bushel?

A bushel of peppers is equivalent to 26–30 lbs (source: Food Bank of Central New York). Based on this conversion, here is an estimate of the number of jalapeno peppers per bushel of jalapeno peppers:

Unit of MeasurePieces of Jalapenos
1 bushel110
1 pound18–30

Jalapeno peppers can also be sold in cases that can weigh ½ to 1 bushel (source: The Webstaurantstore). 

Remember that these are only estimates as there is no official standard weight conversion for vegetables. Vegetables are generally trickier to measure compared to granules or liquids.

Factors such as the variety, stem size, seeds, brine (for canned jalapenos or those in jars), or even the freshness of the jalapenos can also affect the total weight.

We hope you found this article useful!