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Jalapeno Pepper Jelly

A little spicy and a little sweet makes this jelly absolutely perfect!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Time to set up in fridge4 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Servings: 62
Calories: 53kcal
Author: Louise


  • 10 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Tbsp powdered pectin
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 3-6 drops green food coloring optional


  • Cut the stems off of the jalapeno peppers and cut them in half. Remove the pith (white part) and seeds from 5 of the peppers and leave the seeds in the other 5 the peppers. Add the vinegar and the peppers to a high speed blender. I used the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot and selected the extract function to puree the mixture. If you are using a different blender or food processor use the high function and you might need to strain the mixture if you see any chunks of the pepper.
  • Pour the mixture into the inner pot of the Ninja Foodi and turn it on high sear/sauté or a large pot on the stove and turn on high. Add in powdered pectin and stir. Bring to a boil that will not stir down. See post for more details.
  • Add the sugar and stir. Add food coloring if desired. Bring back to a boil that cannot be stirred down and let it cook for a few minutes. If you are using a thermometer, the temperature should be around 220-223℉/104-106℃
  • Turn off the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Ladle into jars and let it set up in the fridge for 4 hours or until it's set. If you want to try some sooner, put some of the jelly into a shallow container and put it in the freezer until it is set. Enjoy!


*** This is NOT a canning recipe. Store the jars in the fridge until use. ****
Tips for working with jalapenos
  • wear gloves so you don't get the capsium on your hands
  • do not breath in the vinegar and jalapeno mixture, keep a little distance until the sugar is added. 
  • Use the seeds and white part (pith or veins) to add more heat


Serving: 0.5Tbsp | Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg