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Hot Pepper Jelly

Homemade hot pepper jelly is a spicy and sweet jelly that you’ll love using on everything from meats to crackers. This condiment has grown in popularity and is used for appetizers, glazes, dips, spreads and more!

Homemade hot pepper jelly in a mason jar on white plate with small fresno peppers

Hot pepper jelly may not sound like your typical fruit jelly or jam but give it a try in this homemade hot pepper jelly recipe. Use it to top brie and other cheese, as a spread on a sandwich, or as a condiment with grilled meats and vegetables.

Making homemade preserves is a rewarding activity. Of course you can buy hot pepper jelly at the store, but why? Making jelly at home is a simple process once you get the basics down.

Is your garden bursting with vegetables and fruits this summer? I hope so! My gardening space consists of a few small containers on the back deck.  There are a few herbs, a tomato plant and a hot pepper plant. Some plants I grew from seeds but this hot pepper plant was already on its way to success when I purchased it.

For me, it is an accomplishment to keep ANY plant alive; it’s simply a skill I don’t seem to possess…but I keep trying!  Hot pepper jelly is an ideal way to use your garden’s bounty of hot peppers.

Or you could easily buy some jalapenos at the grocery store—either way this recipe is an easy way to make a special hot pepper jelly.

Fresno pepper plant on outdoor deck

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I turned to my favorite Williams-Sonoma recipe book for jams andjellies, The Art of Preserving by Rick Field , Lisa Atwood, and Rebecca Courchesne.  Their recipe for hot-pepper jelly includes three red jalapenos and three green jalapenos as the source of spice for the jelly. I tasted my chiles then came up with a combination of peppers which I added to the remaining ingredients of onion, cider vinegar, sugar and liquid pectin. The result was a colorful pepper jelly packed with heat, a jelly I will happily share and serve.

You may eat this jelly so quickly that you won’t need to preserve it with the boiling-water bath. I put mine in the refrigerator and have been finding lots of reasons to use it. I hope to share some recipes with you here in the coming weeks.

Yield: 2 cupes

Hot Pepper Jelly

hot pepper homemade jelly

Hot pepper jelly may not sound like your typical fruit jelly or jam but give it a try in this homemade hot pepper jelly recipe. Use it to top brie and other cheese, as a spread on a sandwich, or as a condiment with grilled meats and vegetables.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 green jalapeno peppers
  • 10 red fresno chiles (mine were quite small)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 packet of liquid pectin


Process all of the ingredients except the pectin in a food processor until the peppers and onions are finely chopped.

Pour the mixture into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook while stirring for 1-2 minutes.

Take the pan off the heat and stir in the pectin. Return the pan to the heat and boil for exactly one minute. After you remove the pan from the heat this final time, allow the jelly to sit for five minutes.

Fill the jars leaving 1/4 inch space at the rim and process with a boiling-water bath if desired.


Original recipe found in the book, Art of Preserving

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 0g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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Monday 17th of December 2012

What? Jalapeno popper grilled cheese sandwiches? How do you make that delightful sounding dish?

The Prudent Pantry

Saturday 8th of September 2012

I forgot how much I love cream cheese and hot pepper jelly. Never thought to make the jelly myself--can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you so much for posing it

I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:

Have a great day!

Holly @

Saturday 8th of September 2012

Thanks for inviting me to your party, just linked up! Have a great weekend!

Holly @

Monday 27th of August 2012

Very nice to meet you! I hope you continue to find things you like on my blog, what a treat to have you along! Holly


Friday 24th of August 2012

I'll bet that is so delicious, love your pic at the end with the teeny peppers. Thanks for linking up!

Holly @

Thursday 23rd of August 2012

I hope you give this jelly a try. It is one of the easier ones I've made. A simple blend in the food processor, cook it for a short while, add the pectin and you are done!