Jalapeno Jelly


This Jalapeno Jelly recipe packs a sweet heat that will keep you coming back for more. This pepper jelly is best paired with crackers and cream cheese or toasted bread and ricotta

jalapeno jelly with spreadable cheese on crackers
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
50 mins
Stand Time:
30 mins
Process Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
7 half pints


  • 5 ½ cup sugar

  • 2 ½ cup seeded and finely chopped fresh poblaño chile peppers* (about 4 peppers)

  • 1 cup cider vinegar

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup seeded and finely chopped fresh jalapeño chile peppers* (3 to 4 peppers)

  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup lime juice

  • 1 6 ounce package (2 foil pouches) liquid fruit pectin

  • Green food coloring (optional)


  1. In a 6- to 8-quart heavy pot combine sugar, poblano peppers, cider vinegar, the water, jalapeño peppers, and salt. Bring to boiling; cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 30 minutes.

  2. Stir lime juice into pepper mixture. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Quickly stir in pectin; return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. If desired, add a few drops of green food coloring to tint to desired color. Remove from heat.

  3. Ladle hot jelly into hot sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe rims; adjust lids and screw bands.

  4. Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner for 10 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks.


Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

41 Calories
10g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 112
Calories 41
% Daily Value *
Sodium 32mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Total Sugars 10g
Vitamin C 10.1mg 51%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Iron 0.1mg 1%
Potassium 18mg 0%
Folate, total 0.9mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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