Homemade Jalapeno Jelly

September 02, 2016

Throughout the years I have found various ways to savor, incorporate, manipulate and even adore the notorious jalapeno pepper.
My origins of birth never incorporated anything spicier than a well seasoned hamburger patty into our meals, so when the move took us to Texas many years ago, I sort of had to get with it or get left behind!
You all know that I love to cook, and tweak a recipe or two so it was pretty natural for me to take those numerous jalapenos from my garden and work some magic with them.
So here they are, all pretty and preserved in mason jelly jars.
mason jars-jelly-homemade-canning-gifts-jalapeno-athomewithjemma
I mentioned that I was making jalapeno jelly at our daughter's baby shower a few weeks ago and I did get a questioning look or two a and "Well, I have NEVER heard of such a thing.
But there is such a thing and it is mighty good!
Jalapeno jelly is a mixture of sweet and spicy with just a little Texas kick at the end.
Truly this is one tasty jelly, especially when you pour it over a brick of cream cheese, then serve it with crackers.
Now how is that for the easiest recipe in the world and just in time for the Holidays too.
jalapeno-cutting board-red jalapeno-green jalapeno-jam
Gardening, canning, cooking, cleaning, all pretty much go together for creating a life that is back to basics-for me that means striving to live plain and simple.
Living plain and simple is a process that I began earlier in the year and I am making progress.
So with that mindset of living more with what you have on hand, growing your own,  make or save, canning is definitely on that list and I thought I would share with you how easy it is to make jalapeno jelly today.
mason jar-jelly jars-jalapeno jelly-how to make jelly-canning-food processing
In just a few simple steps you can have your own batch of jalapeno jelly ready to pour into sterilized jars and sealed in a hot water bath.
If you didn't have the chance to grow your own-no problem just grab yourself a generous handful at the market and you are well on your way to your own Homemade Jalapeno Jelly.
If you would like your jalapeno jelly to be red or green you can add a few drops of food coloring.

jars-jelly-jalapeno-fresh jalapenos-canned jelly-how to make jelly with athome with jemma

yield: 7-8 Pint Jars 1 tablespoon of jelly per servingprint recipe

Homemade Jalapeno Jelly ~ Adapted From Kraft Kitchens

prep time: 40 MINScook time: 10 MINStotal time: 50 mins


  • 2 red peppers seeded and finely chopped
  • 6-8 medium jalapeno peppers seeded and finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 1/2 cups granulated sugar in separate bowl
  • 1 pouch fruit pectin


Let's Make It
  1. Bring boiling-water canner, half-full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.
  2. Place peppers in 6- or 8-qt. saucepot. Add vinegar and butter. Stir in sugar. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in pectin. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 min., stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.
  4. Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.) Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 10 min. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. (If lid springs back, lid is not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)
I will be hosting a Fall art giveaway on Monday and Fashion Friday next week.
Looking forward to those two events and wishing you all a fabulous weekend!
If you have any questions about canning or this about recipe just email me and I will do my best to answer your questions.

Remember to KISS the cook! Thanks for joining me!

Related posts


  1. Living plain and simple - I like that! You know I never really embraced jalapenos until I moved to Texas. Now I love their flavor and can't imagine cooking without them. Love that this recipe is simple and easy.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  2. Jemma,
    This looks wonderful! I imagine it would be delicious warmed over brie too! Yum! Canning is one thing I have never tried. Though I've wanted to....I've always been a little intimidated by the whole process. You make it look so simple. Would make nice gifts too! Guess I should give it a try soon!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.....xo

  3. Jemma,
    This looks wonderful! I imagine it would be delicious warmed over brie too! Yum! Canning is one thing I have never tried. Though I've wanted to....I've always been a little intimidated by the whole process. You make it look so simple. Would make nice gifts too! Guess I should give it a try soon!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.....xo

  4. I am not a spicy food eater...gum is often too much for my tastebuds, family loves spicy and I can see them eating this up! Literally! Pretty pics, too!

  5. I am going to have to add this to my list of things to make, it sounds wonderful! My family and I are cream cheese fanatics and this would spice it up. Pinning it!

  6. Oh so nice! I just love jalapeno! Must try this...
    Have a happy weekend, take care!

  7. I so admire that you followed through with your big garden and have canned for winter. You go, girl! When I lived in Texas, I used to get that kind of jelly in Fredericksburg at the downtown shops. At one you could taste test them all free and choose which one you liked. You're right: it is a blend of sweet and spicy. Sorry I haven't been around. Just got a lot going on!

  8. I live to tweak recipes and this looks great. Love me my peppy peppers!

  9. I've used jalapeño jelly in different recipes but have never made it myself. Thanks for the recipe! I'm going to give it a try! Pinning!

  10. Oh I do love your living plain and simple my friend. I keep feeling that the Lord has been tugging at my heart all summer about simplifying my life. Now onto the jelly. I love jalapeno's! Fried, grilled, tossed in a salad and jelly. I love to take pepper jelly and pour over a bar of cream cheese and serve with crackers. I am pinning this recipe. We had a bounty of jalapeno in our little garden all summer but picked the last of them last weekend. I am pinning your recipe and going to give this one a try! Thanks so much. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  11. Yum! I love jalapeño jelly but have never made it myself! Great recipe! Pinning! ;)

  12. This will be a big hit with my sons. They love everything to do with jalapenos, maybe because they were born and raised in Texas :)

  13. Jemma ... my favorite thing in the whole world is cream cheese, jalapeno jelly, on a wheat thin. Have a great weekend!!

  14. If you like the taste ...I'm sure your recipe will be loved by many

    All the best Jan

  15. Gorgeous jellies! Yummy, this sounds delicious...can't wait to try your recipe. Jalapeño pepper jelly and crackers is one of my favorite snacks in the winter!
    Have a great weekend, Jemma.

  16. I can see many things I can add this too. We love yummy and spicy. It is such an awesome color too. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. It looks wonderful with the Recipes Generator. XO

  17. I've had jalapeno jelly before (like you mentioned, over cream cheese with crackers) and it is delicious!

  18. Dear friend, hello! I have not had any internet and to boot, I've been running to school in the mornings! YOU MUST BE HAVING FUN, canning your summer memories. So lovely. I am Mexican-American you know, but I can't eat chili! Just looking at the recipe is making my throat burn! HAHAHAHHAHA what pretty jars and I bet for those who can handle the heat, this is a great recipe. Enjoy my friend!

  19. I LOVE jalepeno jelly, especially over cream cheese :). Pinning!


  20. You make it sound so good! Seeing those little jars with jalapeno jelly look wonderful. I've had hot pepper jelly here (love it!!), and I wonder if it's the same thing. Do you wear rubber gloves when handling the peppers, or is that some other kind of pepper that you have to protect your hands when chopping them up? I've never EVER made a jam or jelly. I get stuck at the sterilizing the jars ... wish I'd helped my mom can and I would feel more confident.

  21. I'm obsessed with jalapeño jelly. I have every ingredient except the fruit pectin! Lol. I'll hit the store tomorrow!

  22. This looks like something I would love to try ♥

  23. This jalapeno jelly looks so interesting, Jemma. Kind of looks like orange marmalade, but it probably doesn't taste like it. How fun that you made some for the baby shower. Jelly and cream cheese and crackers sound Yummy. :) How wonderful that you still do canning for your family.


  24. Hi Jemma, wow this jelly sounds so good with cream cheese on crackers.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe at Cooking & Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

  25. I'm growing jalapeños in my garden right now so this recipe is perfect and much appreciated! Thank you for sharing :)

  26. I could just eat this jelly with a spoon...and we love it and creme cheese on crackers of little bread rounds..Can't wait to use your easy sounding recipe...just need to buy a canner first...

  27. Well this sounds so tasty! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


Post a Comment