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Jalapeño Jelly Recipe

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This jalapeño jelly recipe is the perfect sweet and spicy spread to go with cheese and crackers.

how to make jalapeño jelly 

Growing up, my dad was a huge fan of hot peppers. Me? Not so much. But as I’ve gotten older, I guess I’ve come around a little bit. 

Probably because of the way my mom used to make Italian beef. It tasted so good it was worth the pain of the spice (which was magnified because my dad used to sneak jalapeños into it), so eventually, I got a little desensitized to hot foods. 

I still never would have tried jalapeño jelly if it weren’t for the charcuterie board craze. 

But if you love cheese, crackers, and hot things, you’re going to be in heaven when you add some cream cheese and hot pepper jelly to your board!

Ingredients for making Jalapeño jelly

Like with most jam and jelly recipes, the ingredients here are super simple. 

ingredients for making homemade jalapeño jelly

All you need are 

  • Jalapeños
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Pectin – I use powdered rather than liquid pectin
  • Jars
  • Lare saucepan
  • A kettle for canning

Some recipes add bell or serrano peppers, and you can definitely replace some of the jalapeños with bell if you want to, but it doesn’t change the spice level noticeably, and you can hardly taste the difference in sweetness, since the jelly is already sweetened with sugar. 

So I just leave them out since I usually have other plans for my bell peppers (like pepper relish).

How to choose Jalapeños for this recipe

Jalapeños are pretty simple: you want them to be fresh and firm. If you’re harvesting them from your own garden, let them get 2-4 inches long before you pick them. 

Whether you use green peppers or red, or a mix of them is up to you. 

Can I use frozen jalapeños? 

If you’re like me and get overwhelmed with produce during the summer, you may find yourself freezing things to get them processed quickly, and then bringing them out to make make pickles, jams, etc. little by little as you have time. I do this the most with canning pork, and also chicken when we process our animals. 

I will say that I think fresh jalapeños have a better texture, but frozen peppers still do the job. So if you’re wanting to make hot pepper jelly and frozen peppers is what you have access to, go for it! 

As they thaw, they’ll probably release some water, and you’ll want to make sure you add both he solid parts of the pepper and that water to your recipe. It’s not added water, it’s just the ice having broken the cell walls in the vegetable, so that it’s able to leak out. 

Why isn’t my jelly bright green? 

I wanted address this since sometime you’ll see picutres of brilliant green jalapeño jelly that almost looks like candy. 

This is because the person who made it added green food coloring. 

My jelly is a bit more dull and vegetable looking, because that’s what it is. Just jalapenos – no dye. 

The flavor is the same though, and whether you dye it is up to you, but I prefer to keep things natural. 

How to serve Jalapeño jelly

If you’re a person who loves spicy food, you’ll probably have no problem coming up with uses for your pepper jelly. 

serving jalapeno jelly on cream cheese and crackers

It’s really good on a lot of things to be honest! 

Here are just a few: 

  • Brush on bacon-wrapped almost anything. Such as chicken, asparagus, butternut squash, shrimp. It adds a nice bit of sweet spiciness.
  • Use as a glaze for ham
  • Serve with pork chops. Honestly, almost any pork since sweet things pair so well with it.
  • Serve with crackers on top fo cream cheese
  • Mix with barbecue sauce

This are just a few ideas. If you have one that you love, please add it to the comments section!

Don’t forget, this hot pepper jelly recipe also makes a great gift for your spice-loving friends.

Can I double this recipe? 

Yes, but keep in mind that you’re going to need a really big pan for that! This recipe, as is, is best made in a 4 quart pot, so expect to need at least a 7 quart pot if you double it. 

Keep in mind that it will also take a little longer to make. 

Both because you’ll have more peppers to prepare, and because it will take longer to heat. 

How to make jalapeño jelly

The first step to making this jelly is to take them stems off, and de-seed your peppers. 

deseeded peppers ready to purée

Pro-tip: wear rubber gloves while handling hot peppers to keep from burning hands, or accidentally touching hot pepper hands to face. 

Next, puree peppers in a blender or food processor, and add the puree to a 4 quart large saucepan or pot, along with apple cider vinegar.

jalapeño peppers in a pan with pectin and vinegar

Stir in fruit pectin, and heat the pot of peppers over medium high heat, stirring now and then until it reaches a full rolling boil. 

Once it’s boiling, add the sugar, all at once, and stir in.

adding sugar to jelly mixture

Bring the mixture back to a full rolling boil that can’t be stirred down.

Boil for exactly one minute.

boiling jalapeño jelly

Remove from heat, and skim off foam.

The foam, by the way, is perfectly edible, so feel free to remove to a bowl to use later, but you need to skim it off for canning. 

To can pepper jelly

For jams and jellies, water bath canning is usually the method used. It’s very easy, and omits the need for a pressure canner. All you need is a large pot with an inner rack to separate the jars from the direct heat source.

  1. ladle the hot jelly into canning jars such as half-pint jars, or quarter pint jars, leaving a half inch headspace. You can use a canning funnel to make this easy.
    jars of jelly on a cupboard
  2. Top with lid and screw band down firmly, wiping jar rims first to make sure they’re free of debris.
  3. Prepare a boiling water canner with hot water (note: you’ll want to closely match the temperature of the canner to the temperature of the jelly jars. So if you’re canning after the jelly has cooled, prepare your canner with cool to warm water rather than hot water).
  4. Lower jars onto the inner rack, making sure there is at least an inch of water over the jars.
  5. Put a lid on the canner and bring to a rolling boil.
    jelly made with jalapeño served with crackers
  6. Start timer, and continue boiling for 5 minutes for half pints, or 10 minutes for pint jars.
  7. Remove from heat and let cool. Once the jars are cool, check for a good seal. the “button” on top of lid should be vacuumed down.

It’s best if you can let the canner cool naturally, but if you need to remove the jars while they’re hot, do it carefully with a jar lifter, and protect the hot jars from cool drafts that might crack the glass by covering them with a towel. 

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Jalapeño Jelly Recipe

Easy to make, jalapeño jelly with full canning instructions! 

  • Author: Elise New
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 610 jalapeño peppers, depending on size (3 cups once puréed)
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 package of Sure Jel powdered pectin
  • 4 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Halve and de-seed peppers. Pro-tip: wear gloves while handling hot peppers to keep from burning hands, or accidentally touching hot pepper hands to face. 
  2. Next, puree peppers in a blender or food process, and measure out 3 cups of pepper purée
  3. Add puree to a 4 quart pot
  4. Stir in apple cider vinegar and fruit pectin,
  5. Heat pepper purée over medium heat, stirring now and then until it reaches a full rolling boil
  6. Once boiling, add the sugar, all at once, and stir in
  7. Bring the mixture back to a full rolling boil that can’t be stirred down
  8. Boil for exactly one minute
  9. Remove from heat, and skim off foam 

To can pepper jelly

  1. ladle the hot jelly into canning jars such as half pint, or quarter pint jars, leaving a half inch headspace.
  2. Screw down bands and lids firmly, wiping jar rims first to make sure they’re free of debris.
  3. Prepare a waterbath canner with hot water (note: you’ll want to closely match the temperature of the canner to the temperature of the jelly jars. So if you’re canning after the jelly has cooled, prepare your canner with cool to warm water rather than hot water).
  4. Lower jars onto the inner rack, making sure there is at least an inch of water over the jars.
  5. Put a lid on the canner and bring to a rolling boil.
  6. Start timer, and continue boiling for 5 minutes for half pints, or 10 minutes for pint jars.
  7. Remove from heat and let cool. 

It’s best if you can let the canner cool naturally, but if you need to remove the jars while they’re hot, do it carefully with a jar lifter, and protect the hot jars from cool drafts that might crack the glass by covering them with a towel. 

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