Peppered Jalapeño‎ Jelly Canning Recipe - This Lil Piglet (2024)

August 20, 2013

Canning season is in full swing and great timing for gift ideas in the coming months. Whether it’s a friend, family or neighbour, a gift basket with a jar of thisJalapeño‎ Pepper Jelly Canning Recipe, crackersand cream cheese is the perfect gift to bring a little sunshine to someone’s day.

This has to be one of my absolute favourite jellies to make. With a mix of sweet and just a kick of heat, this Jalapeño‎ Pepper Jelly Canning Recipemakes for the perfect meat topping. Pair it with cream cheese and crackers for an easy but delicious appetizer; I bet you can’t eat just one.

Jalapeño‎ Pepper Jelly Canning Recipe – Tips and Tricks

Some have been having issues with the Jalapeño‎ Pepper Jelly Canning Recipe jelly not setting; this is a family recipe and we have not had problems. If you don’t want to take the chance of having to remake, possibly canning jellies isn’t something you want to try as they can be finicky.

For those having trouble; keep these tips in mind:

  1. Strain the excess liquid from your chopped peppers before adding.
  2. You must pour into sterilized jars after the 2 minute setting period. Do not let cool further.Seal with sterilized lids.
  3. This jelly takes a few days to fully set and must be kept in a cool, dark place.
  4. Not every batch will set; it’s just a fact. For whatever reason, the odd batch just won’t set.
  5. If your batch does not set, you can try these tips for a remake of the batch.

Yield: 6

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With a mix of sweet and kick of heat, this Jalapeño‎ Pepper Jelly Canning Recipe makes a perfect meat topping or appetizer with cream cheese and crackers.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 whole Red Bell Pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 whole Green Bell Pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 5 whole Jalapeno Peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 5 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 package Certo Fruit Pectin (I prefer liquid)

Instructions

In a food processor or by hand chopper, chop the seeded and cleaned peppers (no stems) until a finely chopped consistency. Drain excess liquid.

In a large double boiler pot add peppers, vinegar and sugar. Stir together and bring to a rolling boil; continue boiling for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool briefly.

Add the fruit pectin in, stirring constantly. Combine well and let stand for 2 minutes. Pour jelly into sterilized canning jars and seal jars tightly by hand.

Submerse sealed jars to the neck in a large pot of water and bring to a rolling boil, continue to boil for 5 minutes beginning the timer at the point of the start of a rolling boil.

Carefully remove jars with canning tongues and set aside to cool before storing. Recipe should make 6 - 8 oz. canning jars that can be stored up to one year.

Notes

This jelly has a sweet flavour with a kick of heat; add more jalapeno's if you like yours a little more spicy. My kids love this as an easy/quick appetizer, simply spread a layer of jelly over a layer of cream cheese on a small platter and offer your favourite crackers for scooping. This also makes a great addition to many meats, similar to a chutney.

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57 comments on “Jalapeño‎ Pepper Jelly Canning Recipe”

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    Soozle August 21, 2013 @ 7:33 am Reply

    Sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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      John Naff September 16, 2018 @ 1:46 am Reply

      Am so confused! Followed the reciepe exactly and had way less amount for the jars. I used 4 12oz jars (48oz expected), same as 6 8oz jars (48oz)! One red, one green, both large, & 5 large jalapenos, plus two serranos for more heat (all drained). 2 cups of vinagear & 5 cups of sugar. Why did I end up with only 2 1/2 jars of product?? I used one packet of gel. Hope they set up. I filled the three jars equally, about 2/3 full as a result. Hope thats ok. BTW, I’m a first time canner, rookie, here. Thinking I went wrong somewhere, but no idea where! I also discovered we have to use a lid when boiling the filled jars. My water wouldnt come to a running boil without using the lid. Not mentioned anywhere in all the different instructions that I researched. Hope they set up…

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        Stacey November 8, 2018 @ 10:25 am

        Hi! Unfortunately, canning has mixed results; sometimes it works perfectly and other times it doesn’t for no rhyme or reason(it seems). It sounds like you may have boiled off some liquid resulting in less. We use small jars because they are a great size for gifting or for an appetizer. They sometimes take a few days to completely set so just keep that in mind. Definitely last step boil jars with lids on; this seals the jars properly. I hope that helps 🙂

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    One Cheap Utah Chick August 21, 2013 @ 4:08 pm Reply

    I love to preserve so thank you for sharing this one!

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    Konnie November 23, 2013 @ 3:19 pm Reply

    used to make this when my kids were still at home. fabulous baste for pork chops on the weber.

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    Raeme July 3, 2014 @ 8:10 am Reply

    Have you made this sugar free before?

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    Heather July 29, 2014 @ 1:48 am Reply

    I’m having issues with my jelly setting up. I followed the directions but hours later it’s still super runny. How long did it take for your jelly to set?

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      Stacey July 30, 2014 @ 8:51 am Reply

      It took mine a few days to set on some batches but I will tell you that no matter how many times you do it the same way, the odd batch just won’t set. This has happened to me. I’d wait a few days before knowing for sure if it’s set. It shouldn’t be a hard jelly, more loose. I hope after a few days the batch sets for you.

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        Rhonda August 9, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

        Mine didn’t set either. I made it a few hours ago and it is still runny. What can I do if it doesn’t set after a few days even? Do I have any options, or will I have to throw it out?

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        Stacey August 11, 2014 @ 12:41 am

        It takes a few days to set. If it doesn’t after that, you can try to reboil it and add a little more pectin but too much and it will end up hard. It doesn’t hurt to retry though, rather than throw it out without knowing. I would give it more time to set. Also, I prefer liquid pectin for jellied canning recipes but powder should work just as well.

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        James October 21, 2017 @ 9:04 am

        Would it set up faster if I put it in the fridge?

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    Janet August 26, 2014 @ 4:13 pm Reply

    Sadly, this recipe did not work out at all for me. It was very runny and wouldn’t set up at all. I had to refer to http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/remake-directions-for-certo-cooked-jam-jelly-107820.aspx to get some direction on how to fix the jelly. This was rather disappointing. I should have read the reviews before making this one.

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      Stacey August 29, 2014 @ 12:26 pm Reply

      This is a family recipe that we use regularly. It could simply be you haven’t boiled it long enough for the heat of your stove; I wasn’t there so it’s hard to tell. Jelly is a bit finicky, not every batch will turn out not matter how many times you do it the same way. Making jellies isn’t for everyone but if you are willing to try and don’t mind a failed batch or two, it’s worth it. Thanks for the link you used, I’ve added it in case someone has questions about remaking a batch. Thanks for sharing.

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    Catherine August 26, 2014 @ 8:40 pm Reply

    I’ve made this 2x now and it has come out perfectly. The one thing that I did do was after I chopped my red and green peppers with my hand chopper, I put them in a mesh strainer and pushed out about 1/2 cup of liquid. For those that are having an issue with theirs not setting, it could be too much liquid? Not sure.

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      Stacey August 29, 2014 @ 11:51 am Reply

      Great point Catherine. It could be the liquid from the peppers; try straining them a bit. We didn’t have to strain but you could try.

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    Becky September 16, 2014 @ 11:52 am Reply

    I made a batch of jelly this week and it turned out great! It was my first time ever making jelly and I was really pleased with the results. We’ve been growing a lot of peppers in our garden this year so it’s been a great way to use them up. I plan on making a couple more batches to give out around the holidays.

    After I chopped the peppers in my food processor I wrapped them in a clean cotton dishtowel and squeezed out about 1.5 cups of liquid. I knew I was on the right track when the jelly filled the six 8oz jars perfectly. If you have too much jelly for the jars I think that’ll be a good indicator that there was too much pepper liquid left behind and it may not set right.

    I even cheated and opened a jar after only letting it sit one day and it was perfect!

    Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

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      Stacey September 17, 2014 @ 4:17 pm Reply

      Thanks for sharing your results. This is such a great recipe, whether it’s for snacks, entertaining small get-togethers or holiday dinners. Layer over cream cheese for dip with crackers…easy! We love this recipe!

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    katie October 8, 2014 @ 3:35 pm Reply

    Just making sure I’m reading this right. You don’t completely submerge the jars in a water bath?

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    Lisa August 13, 2015 @ 5:21 pm Reply

    I tried your recipe and it worked like a charm. I did drain the liquid and it set beautifully!
    Going to use it for appetizers with brie cheese and crackers. Also will use it as a marinade to top on steak.

    Thanks!

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      Stacey August 17, 2015 @ 12:08 am Reply

      So glad to hear you like it; I hope it goes far with your guests 🙂

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    Julia October 1, 2015 @ 6:45 pm Reply

    I’m new at this canning stuff so I’m learning as I go. I realized after it was too late that I used pint size jars instead of the 1/2 pint. Do you think these will still set up? Each jar sealed….I got the “ping” on each jar….but I’m worried it wasn’t in the bath long enough since it was twice the amount in each jar as your recipe stated. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! God Bless! 🙂

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      Stacey October 15, 2015 @ 6:11 pm Reply

      That’s completely fine; as long as you heard the ping they sealed. Enjoy!

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        julia October 15, 2015 @ 7:59 pm

        They didn’t end up setting up….so I had to use the tips and redo them to get them to work.

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        Stacey October 15, 2015 @ 10:45 pm

        Sometimes it just happens; even to me still. They worked out after the tips though?

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    julia October 15, 2015 @ 10:55 pm Reply

    Yes….and I’ve made it three more times since! I have jalapeno’s coming out of my ears here! So I’m making batches to put into baskets for Christmas gifts. I added extra jalapenos ( 7 or 8 instead of just 5) and left the seeds in at least one of them to give it some extra kick. Also added a little red food coloring . For Christmas the red with look festive and I’ll decorate the jars with some evergreen and some ribbon. I opened one of my original jars for my husband and I tonight to watch the footbal game…..and it was fantastic! 🙂

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      Stacey October 16, 2015 @ 6:52 pm Reply

      They sound like they will be an extra special touch for Christmas this year; I hope your recipients love them as much as we do. You sound like my husband and I; we will eat a jar in one sitting. We spread it over cream cheese and scoop with crackers; so easy and super tasty!

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    Mike November 25, 2015 @ 8:52 pm Reply

    We make this with just Jalapenos and also Habaneros…
    Comes out great every time!!!

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    Jaqui May 9, 2016 @ 4:36 pm Reply

    Hi, I am wondering what size of box of liquid pectin you used? The only one I can find is a 6oz box with 2 pouches in it and I am wondering if you used that? If you did then did you use both pouches or just one? Thanks, it looks great!

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      Stacey July 27, 2016 @ 3:55 pm Reply

      Yes that’s right; one package! 🙂

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    Janell July 19, 2016 @ 9:05 pm Reply

    The recipe says one package of the certo pectin. It comes in a box of 2 pouches. Do you use both pouches or just one?

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      Stacey July 20, 2016 @ 2:11 pm Reply

      1 pouch 🙂

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    Shannon August 6, 2016 @ 10:38 am Reply

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! We love it! I’ve made one batch and am now tripling the recipe. Do you think it will affect the way it will setup? Also, when you use the double boiler, does your mixture boil or just the water below? Thank you!

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      Stacey August 17, 2016 @ 2:01 pm Reply

      You can try it but this could very well change the results; I personally do a batch at a time. I know for jam jelly, anything more than one batch at a time and it won’t jell properly. On a side note, I am so glad you like it 🙂

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    Peter D August 10, 2016 @ 2:14 pm Reply

    Made this recipe today and I ended up with 4 250 ml and 6.5 125 ml. I added 1 extra red and one extra green chili peppers and a dash of green food coloring and so far it looks amazing. The finger full I took off the final ladle tasted amazing too! Thx for the recipe. I am doing Jamaican Gold Hot peppers now and I am going to put in a tsp of red pepper flakes just before I add the pectin. I chopped my peppers the night before and sealed them and put them in the fridge over night and it does not seem to have held too much liquid.

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      Peggy Swaenepoel September 28, 2016 @ 11:26 pm Reply

      I was wondering in the picture it shows the jelly red. Mine is kinda green looking. Also it didn’t set for me. Will try and redo but may have to throw out and make another batch. Did you had red food colouring.

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        Stacey October 7, 2016 @ 8:32 pm

        I used red peppers, no food colouring. Without being there, it’s hard to say why it didn’t set but even when I make it the odd batch just doesn’t set for whatever reason. Possibly your peppers had a lot of water content.

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        Mary November 24, 2016 @ 5:35 pm

        I wouldn’t throw it out! A loose set is a “sauce” instead of a “preserve or jam”. Still delicious either way. (We actually prefer a loose set.)

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        Stacey November 24, 2016 @ 7:11 pm

        Agree 100%!

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    Mary November 24, 2016 @ 5:34 pm Reply

    I’ve found that if you add the pectin before the sugar, you get a firm set. Add the pectin after the sugar, then you get a sauce.

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      Stacey November 24, 2016 @ 7:11 pm Reply

      Good to note; thanks for the tip!

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      Sherry September 6, 2018 @ 9:11 am Reply

      Mary, do you add the pectin during the boiling phase, then continue to boil after adding the sugar? The recipe says the mixture needs to cool slightly before adding the pectin. Thanks,

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        Stacey November 8, 2018 @ 10:27 am

        You want the pectin to mix well before boiling again, if that makes sense. I hope that helps 🙂

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      Tom February 17, 2019 @ 7:35 pm Reply

      Yea I always make sure the pectin boils, i
      Was taught how to make jams when I was a kid from my grandma, I always use the ice cube spoon method to check set up. It never fails! A few ice cubes a stainless steel spoon put a few drops of any jam or jelly you’re making and cool the spoon on the ice cube. If you can turn the spoon sideways and the jam
      Holds you are good to go! If it pours off then add more pectin till you get it to hold! I hope this helps.

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    Gastronoming February 24, 2017 @ 7:48 pm Reply

    Amazing recipe, thanx

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    Susan October 1, 2017 @ 2:55 pm Reply

    Just made this looks like it will set up but all the peppers are on top. Will they settle or should I shake it up?

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    Jo Potter February 9, 2018 @ 3:40 pm Reply

    There is an easy fix for any jam that does not set; just change the label on the jar. It is now Pepper Pancake Syrup.

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    Patti July 29, 2018 @ 4:39 pm Reply

    Made this last weekend and it turn out awesome. I made sure there was no juice left in my peppers. Thank you for sharing.

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      Stacey July 31, 2018 @ 4:20 pm Reply

      Thanks for sharing; I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

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      Joan June 19, 2019 @ 1:03 pm Reply

      Is it ok to use pint size jars?

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    Linda September 8, 2018 @ 7:14 pm Reply

    How much chopped pepper should we have? Peppers are peppers and come in all sizes. I don’t seem to have very much fruit through my jar.

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    Lonna Gawryleski November 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm Reply

    I want to make this recipe and I have a question before I start. When you submerse the jars in water to the beck of the jar, do you use cold water to start, or is it warm water or hot water.

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      Stacey November 8, 2018 @ 10:18 am Reply

      The jars are already hot from the liquid poured from the pot so the water should be on the warm to hot side, then boil. I hope that helps 🙂

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    Sheri November 19, 2018 @ 8:38 pm Reply

    Made this today and it is super running, the recipe never says to add pectin and boil after, it says boil for 5 mins, let cool slightly and add petcin and combine well. Let sit for 2 mins then add to jars. Do you boil again after adding petcin?

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    Helen November 21, 2020 @ 7:27 am Reply

    When the recipe calls for 1 package of Certo
    Is that 1 pouch

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