This homemade Jalapeño Jelly is so flavorful! It tastes like a fancy jelly you would find at Williams-Sonoma or Harry and David.
I know this sounds strange but hear me out, this Jalapeño Jelly is AMAZING! It tastes like a fancy jelly you would find at Williams-Sonoma or Harry and David or Trader Joes. When you hear the word jalapeno, you probably imagine something super hot, but I promise it’s not. It is perfectly sweet with just a tiny little kick. My Mom loves this and she hates anything much spicier than ketchup.
My sister gave me this recipe and it has quickly become a favorite in our household especially when we have it with cream cheese and Triscuits. We have made these as an appetizer many times and EVERYONE who has tried them has absolutely loved them! A friend of mine also suggested putting this over steak for a fancy twist. The possibilities are endless. You are going to love this stuff!
Health Benefits Of Jalapeño
Spicing up foods with jalapeños can be really good for you. Did you know that jalapeños can help prevent colds and headaches? Jalapeños contain a natural plant compound called capsaicin. Capsaicin helps boost metabolism, prevents bacteria growth, can help migraine headaches, and may even help fight cancer. Jalapeños also contain vitamin C and vitamin A.
Jalapeño Pepper Jelly With Cream Cheese And Crackers
We love pouring this jalapeño pepper jelly over a block of cream cheese and serving it as an appetizer. It is so simple and always a huge hit. The smooth, tangy cream cheese combined with the sweet pepper and salty crackers is a winning combination that everyone will love! It takes 30 seconds to throw together (if that) and it will be polished just as quickly! Once you start to dip, you won’t be able to stop!
More Ways To Enjoy Jalapeño Pepper Jelly
There are so many ways you can enjoy this delicious jalapeño jelly. Use it as a glaze over your favorite grilled meats or veggies. Just brush it over chicken, steak, pork, fish, kabobs, or veggies as they are being grilled. You won’t be sorry! You can also use it as a dip for jalapeño poppers, chicken nuggets, or coconut shrimp (the latter being my VERY favorite).
Why Is My Jelly Runny?
There could be several reasons for this. It could be anywhere from the liquid amounts to the jelly-pectin ratio, to the jelly not boiling long enough, to it just not setting long enough (it can take a few days). The good news is, all is not lost! You can use it as-is as a glaze or marinade, You can wait a few more days for it to set, or you can follow this super helpful guide we found online to fix it.
If it is processed correctly, it can last up to 2 years in a cool, dry place. After opening, it can last 2-3 months in the refrigerator.
In this recipe you use pectin for the thickener. If you like a thicker jelly, you can always add a little extra pectin. Use the pectin package instructions as a guide for thickening and re-thickening.
We like to chop them pretty fine. It is helpful to use a food processor to get them chopped small.
You did nothing wrong. The color you got is right. Like the pictures above. The green colored jalapeño jellies that you find in the store are an unnatural color. Food dyes are added to get the green color.
No, the jelly should be acidic enough as it is.
More Jalapeño Recipes
- Strawberry Jalapeño Beef Polska Kielbasa Bites – A tasty appetizer that is sweet and savory, with a little kick.
- Copycat Skotidakis Jalapeño Greek Yogurt Dip – This is a copycat of a Costco dip that we loved, but it’s no longer available. It is a creamy and flavorful yogurt dip. It is delicious on veggies, chips, crackers, and Naan bread.
- Cheesy Grilled Jalapeños – These are a great side dish or appetizer for a BBQ. Jalapeño halves are filled with cream cheese, Colby Jack cheese, and bacon and dipped in BBQ sauce or Ranch dressing.
- Strawberry Jalapeño Cheese Ball – This is a festive holiday appetizer. The sweetness of the strawberries and the spice of the jalapeño give in the perfect blend of sweet and heat.
If you’re in the mood for jelly, but still not convinced that Jalapeño is for you, check out this delicious fresh and easy strawberry jam.
How to Make Jalapeño Jelly
- In food processor, finely chop peppers.
- Place peppers in large pot with vinegar, salt and sugar. Boil for 10 minutes stirring often.
- Add Certo pouch and boil 1 more minute.
- Fill canning jars. Add to a water bath for 10 minutes. Wait a day or so before serving so the jelly has a chance to 'gel' or set.
- Serve on crackers with cream cheese. This jelly is also delicious as a dipping sauce for steak or chicken nuggets.
- UPDATE – We have had some people comment saying their jelly turned out hotter than they like it. Be sure to use milder jalapeños if you don’t like it hot. You may use hot jalapeños but remove most or all of the seeds depending on if you want your jelly spicy or not. How can you tell the hotness level of your jalapenos? Click HERE!