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Sweet and Spicy Red Pepper Jelly

Sweet and Spicy Red Pepper Jelly

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5 from 2 reviews

  • Author: Jessica Smith
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


The perfect fall cheese board is well balanced, with sweet, savory, creamy, and crunchy elements. The cherry on top is a sweet and spicy pepper jelly.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 lbs Red Bell Peppers, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (adjust for desired spice level)
  • 3 cups White Sugar
  • 1 cup White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 tsp Salt


  1. Prepare Ingredients:
    • Wash the red bell peppers thoroughly. Remove the stems, seeds, and inner white ribs. Roughly chop the peppers into smaller pieces.
  2. Pulse in Food Processor:
    • Place the chopped bell peppers and red pepper flakes into a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped but not pureed. Ensure that some texture remains.
  3. Combine and Boil:
    • In a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot, combine the finely chopped pepper mixture, white sugar, white wine vinegar, unsalted butter, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Cook the Mixture:
    • Place the pot over high heat and bring the mixture to a vigorous boil. Make sure to stir occasionally to prevent any sticking or burning at the bottom of the pot.
  5. Reduce and Thicken:
    • Let the mixture boil and reduce for about 20 minutes. The jelly will thicken as it cooks. Note that the longer you cook, the thicker the consistency. However, 20 minutes typically provides a good consistency for a jelly that can be easily spread but is not too runny.
  6. Cool and Store:
    • Once done, remove the pot from the heat. Allow the jelly to cool slightly. Then, pour it into clean, sterilized jars or containers, leaving a little space at the top for expansion if you’re freezing.
    • Seal the containers with their respective lids. For immediate consumption or within a week, refrigerate. For longer storage, freeze the jelly. Remember to label the containers with the date and contents.


  • This jelly pairs beautifully with cheese and crackers. It can also be served over cream cheese for a quick and tasty appetizer.
  • If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can further reduce the jelly by boiling for an additional 5-10 minutes. Always remember that the jelly will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Appetizer


  • Serving Size: 2 tbsp
  • Calories: 50
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Sodium: 15mg
  • Fat: 0.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 1mg
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