Last updated October 12, 2019

Red pepper jelly is one of my favorite condiments for charcuterie boards and sandwiches. It can be prepared in about 15 minutes.

two jars full of bright red pepper jelly

I do not have a green thumb, but fortunately, I have friends who do. And when their gardens overflow with crops, I’m so thankful that I reap the rewards.

This fall, my friend Chef Phillip Dell gave me dozens of red jalapeños fresh from his garden. Immediately, I knew that I would use a bunch for my special homemade red pepper jelly.

Don’t let canning intimidate you. This red pepper jelly recipe is one of the easiest recipes on my website.

You start with one fresh red bell pepper and around six jalapeños. The number of jalapeños you use can be adjusted depending on the heat level you prefer and how spicy the jalapeños are.

While I used Phil’s red jalapeños for this recipe, you can use green ones, too. Heck, you can even throw in a habanero if you like.

I pulse them in a food processor and heat the peppers with white wine vinegar, lemon juice and fruit pectin. Once it boils, add in the sugar.

liquid in pan with froth on top

When the sugar is added, it will start to foam. At this point, it’s done. Turn off the heat, and use a spoon to skim out the froth.

pouring red pepper jelly from pot to jar

Then, just pour the red pepper jelly into two 8-ounce jars.

You can keep it in the fridge for a good month or two.

Or, you can go through the full canning process, and preserve it for up to a year.

four jars full of bright red pepper jelly

My favorite way to enjoy red pepper jelly is with goat cheese, crackers and prosciutto. It’s also great smeared on a ham sandwich with mayo and mounds of crispy romaine.

I’d love to hear how you use your red pepper jelly. Leave me a comment below. 

two jars full of bright red pepper jelly

Homemade Red Pepper Jelly

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jam, jelly, red pepper jelly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 ounces
Calories: 105 kcal
Author: Christie Vanover

Red pepper jelly is one of my favorite condiments for charcuterie boards and sandwiches. It can be prepared in about 15 minutes.

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Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 6 jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fruit pectin
  • 2 cups sugar

Instructions

  1. Remove the stems and seeds from the peppers, and place them in a food processor. Chop until liquefied, but still chunky.

  2. Place the peppers in a heavy saucepot over high heat with the white wine vinegar, lemon juice and fruit pectin.

  3. Bring to a boil and continue boiling until the boil can’t be stirred down.

  4. Add in the sugar. Return to a boil, until it starts to foam over. Turn off the heat.

  5. Skim the foam from the top. Pour into jars. Can or refrigerate.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Red Pepper Jelly
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 32mg1%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 289IU6%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.