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Texas Jalapeno Jelly

A jar of this sweet and spicy jelly is always warmly appreciated. To add an extra southwestern accent, I trim the lid with a snappy bandanna print fabric. —Lori McMullen, Victoria, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Process: 10 min.
  • Makes
    7 half-pints


  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 3 medium green peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups white vinegar, divided
  • 6-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 pouches (3 ounces each) liquid fruit pectin
  • About 6 drops green food coloring, optional
  • Cream cheese and crackers, optional


  • In a blender or food processor, place the jalapenos, half of the green peppers and 1/2 cup vinegar; cover and process until pureed. Transfer to a large Dutch oven.
  • Repeat with remaining green peppers and another 1/2 cup vinegar. Add the sugar, cayenne and remaining vinegar to pan. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Quickly stir in pectin. Return to a rolling boil; boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the heat; skim off foam. Add food coloring if desired. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids.
  • Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Serve over cream cheese with crackers if desired.
Editor's Note: When cutting hot peppers, disposable gloves are recommended. Avoid touching your face. The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 92 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • teachmysheep
    Sep 8, 2020

    This is so good.......I Omitted the cayenne pepper and added 1 more jalapeno...

  • Joanriehm
    Oct 30, 2013

    I made this jelly with a few modifications. I wanted a reduced suger variety so i altered the pectin to a low or no sugar powder and cut the sugar amount by about half. It turned out great. What a wonderful way to preserve left over peppers from my garden.

  • colleyho
    Oct 4, 2013

    A very easy recipe to make and turns out well. I did make a few modifications... for my cooking pleasure. After the pepper, vinegar, sugar, mixture comes to a boil I continue to boil it for 4 minutes. Also instead of simply using 2 packages of liquid pectin I use 1 package of liquid (Certo) and 1 package of powder (Sure Jell). At this point I boil it for about 2 more minutes. Turns out perfect every time. I also make this in single batches as it has a tendency to boil over very quickly. You can make a batch in about an hour, start to finish.And Yes ladies it's bell peppers..Try different colors for different colored jelly. Skip the food coloring.

  • mas4144
    Aug 7, 2013

    The recipe calls for three medium green peppers. Is that bell peppers? I see another person asked this question but nobody answered. I would like to make this but I want to be sure I'm making it right if I'm going to rate it.

  • anitamm
    Jul 16, 2013

    This jelly is awesome! And so quick! I would definitely make it again but maybe leave in seeds from 1 pepper for extra kick.

  • hlkrba
    Jun 13, 2013

    No comment left

  • foglem
    Nov 20, 2011

    I has a great taste, but dosen't jell with the liquid pectin. I think would be better if made with the sure-jell.

  • muriel hamby
    Sep 1, 2011

    This recipe has a great taste, but doesn't jell with the liquid pectin. If I make it again I will add powdered pectin to the peppers at the begining and try it that way.

  • Jeannine2
    Aug 31, 2011

    When you say 3 medium green peppers, are you referring to "Bell Peppers" or hot peppers?

  • come on
    Jun 3, 2011

    Best I have ever made. I bring this jam everywhere and get great reviews from family and friends.I just get one 8oz cream cheese to room temperature, spead the jam over the cheese and serve with original Wheat Thins.