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Hot Pepper Jelly Recipe
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Hot Pepper Jelly

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"This is a really simple and easy recipe that I got from my friend Kelly. It doesn't require chopping any hot peppers and it's a delicious appetizer served over cream cheese with crackers."

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Original recipe makes 12 pints Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    35 mins


  1. Run the red and green peppers through a coarse grinder, or pulse in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a strainer, and drain really well. This is key to your success.
  2. While the peppers are draining, sterilize your jars by boiling or using the dishwasher. Keep hot.
  3. In a large pot, combine the peppers, vinegar, white sugar, red pepper flakes and pectin. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat while stirring constantly. A rolling boil is one that does not stop when stirred. Boil for 1 minute.
  4. Remove from the heat, and ladle into hot sterile jars to within 1/2 inch of the top. Seal with new lids and rings. Place into a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. The jars should be completely covered by water. Remove and let cool. The jelly will be somewhat loose. The last jar may not be full. Just refrigerate, and use within a week or two.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 05, 2008

This recipe is the bomb! I have to say that I changed it a bit though. I absolutely despise Green Bell Peppers. So I use all red peppers. I love the fact that I don't have to cut up any hot peppers. I can also easily adjust the heat of each batch. I make 2 to 3 batches a year as this is an expected gift for most family and friends. I also have a local caterer who buys several jars and uses them on crackers with cream cheese piped around the outside. Very festive. We also use a milder version as dip for chicken fingers and pork. Thank you for submitting this recipe. I was sick of wearing gloves and cutting hot peppers up!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 23, 2006

I reccomend using more lemon juice than the vinegar. Also, aple cider vinegar is preferable to the white as it is more palatable. I used lemon zest instead of chile flakes, and I added a half cup of sugar more to combat the pungency of the vinegar. Too bad it was already too late. The jelly is not bad, but not as great as I have had in the past. Still on the lookout for the perfect bell pepper recipe! I think the lemon juice will do it, though.


17 Ratings

Aug 27, 2005

I made this recipe and it was awesome and so easy!! I love that I didn't have to cut up hot peppers. Tutfruti is right, thoroughly draining the peppers is key to the jelly setting up well. It pours out onto the cream cheese just right and I got so many compliments from family and friends that I have served it to.

Oct 24, 2006

A great pepper jelly. One of my neighbors puts it on everything and can go through a jar in less than a week! To drain the peppers well, we put them in a fine mesh strainer and then press with a folded cheesecloth. Works great.

Dec 18, 2008

This is the same recipe that comes with the Certo brand pectin, except that it calls for APPLE CIDER VINEGAR! This is the key. Also, instead of food processor, draining, cheese cloth, etc., just hand chop the peppers. They won't be watery at all! I have also added toasted, chopped pecans to my jelly jars as I pour in the hot jelly. It makes a great Christmas gift. (Add red or green food color when cooking jelly)

Sep 18, 2008

I've just made this for the second time and It is so yummy! Besides putting in ontop of creamcheese and serving with crackers, I dont know what else to do with it, but its a nice quick snack if you have guests, or a classy appitizer to bring to get togethers..I just need to find a way to make it diet friendly.

Oct 26, 2009

This is one of my favorite recipes now!! I've already made it a week! I did my own little twist though. Instead of the red pepper flakes I used hot lemon peppers that my wife grew in the garden. The bright yellow collor adds to the look of this jelly. I only made a quarter of what the original called for, but next time I'm making one big it!!!

Sep 11, 2009

I used a collage of peppers (every kind imaginable)the recipe was very easy,however I decided to get creative and make it my own by following the same instructions using plums then I combined the two products and came up with a jelly that even my Grandmother (god rest her soul) would have had to bow to.


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  • Calories
  • 30 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.7 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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