Deviled Ham with Pickled Jalapeños


Spicy deviled jam, made with ham, celery, green onions, and pickled jalapeños.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Do any of you follow Mad Men? I watch an occasional episode, more captivated by the outfits and decor than anything else. (Wait, I recognize that wall hanging! My mother used to wear dresses like that! My father wore those skinny ties!) So delightfully retro. Like deviled ham.

I can just imagine some deviled ham canapés being served at one of those 60s parties. Being just a kid during that time I would more likely have found a deviled ham sandwich along with carrot sticks and a thermos, packed in my metal Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea lunch box.

Unlike many retro foods that have happily skipped their way into the sunset (I’m talking about you, green jello salad), deviled ham is one that deserves to stick around. It’s so good! Especially this version, a Southwestern twist with pickled jalapeños supplying the heat.

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Deviled Ham with Pickled Jalapeños Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 4 sandwiches


  • 7 ounces boneless ham steak, cut into cubes (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 small stalk celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced pickled jalapenos
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 teaspoons chopped green onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 8 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced iceberg or butter lettuce


1 Process the ham in a food processor, until finely ground but not a paste. Remove from processor to a bowl. Process the celery and the pickled jalapeños and add them to the bowl with the ham.

2 Fold in the mayonnaise and cumin. Stir in the chopped green onions.

3 Make sandwiches with the bread and sliced lettuce. Slice the sandwiches on the diagonal to serve.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Linda

    Wow – this was excellent! Love the spicy twist to traditional deviled ham. We enjoyed some sandwiches and the next day had the leftovers on soda crackers as part of a platter.


  2. Herb

    You want a real retro taste treat? Try a deviled ham sammy with some pimento cheese on it. Now, that’s good eats!

  3. Rudi O

    I’m about to make this for lunch today!
    Just noticed a typo, “1/4 mayonnaise”, I’ll just assume that is a ‘cup’….

    Thanks for the great recipes!

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  4. Shan

    I never thought to zap the meat in the cuisinart, but it really does make all the difference. The jalapenos were a nice twist. As usual another terrific recipe. I had a Snoopy lunchbox with a thermos with a glass interior. Broke that thermos while running to the lunch tables. Tripped on a tree root. Poured glass milk into my cup. 1972. I got a Holly Hobby Lunch box after that. Not the same

  5. Debbie

    Yum! Although I must admit I added sliced tomato and left the crusts on! Definitely part of the sandwich rotation.


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