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Homemade Hot Pepper Jelly

  • Author: Fanny Slater
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 3 pint jars (about 6 cups) 1x


Get your fix of sugar, spice, and everything nice with this sweet bell pepper-laced jelly spiked with tongue-tingling jalapenos.


  • 3 red bell peppers, seeded and roughly chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 2 small jalapenos with seeds, roughly chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1.75-ounce package pectin (3 1/2 tablespoons)


  1. In a food processor, pulse the bell peppers and jalapenos until finely chopped. 
  2. In a large saucepot over high heat, add the pepper mixture, sugar, vinegar, and salt, and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a vigorous boil over high heat and continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Slowly add in the pectin, whisking constantly. Cook at a vigorous boil for another 2 minutes, continuing to stir.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the jelly to cool for 5 minutes. Skim any foam off the top of the jelly using a wide, shallow ladle or spoon.
  5. Fill a separate large pot with water and place it over medium heat to sterilize the jars. Carefully submerge the empty jars (without the lids and rings) right side up in the pot, making sure the water is about 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a boil, and continue to boil the jars for 10 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat, but don’t drain it – you can use the same water to process the filled jars.
  6. Ladle the jelly into the sterile canning jars, leaving about 1/2 inch of room at the top. Tightly screw on the lids, and process the jars in the boiling water bath for 10 minutes. 
  7. Remove the jars from the pot (making sure that the lids have popped) and set them aside to cool completely before storing or refrigerating.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Jelly
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Spreads

Keywords: hot pepper, jelly, jalapeno, bell pepper