Hot but still sweet: Recipe for chilli jam or jelly with jalapeños

Are you a fan of the fire and would like to add a chilli kick to all of your meals? Then heat up your taste buds with a sweet and hot chilli jam! This recipe can be combined with breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can use it to cover your toast, for example, to prepare an appetizer, or to give the meat a sweetish-spicy note. How to prepare a chilli jam or a jelly with jalapeños yourself, we show in the article.

Jalapeños with a difference: How do you cook a chilli jam?

green jalapeno chillies fresh

Jalapeños are one of the most popular types of chilli. It can be used to prepare delicious starters, hot sauces and savory dishes. Today we would like to introduce you to an unusual recipe that has been very trendy in the USA since last year – the chilli jam or jelly. For this, jalapeño chilies are pureed or very finely chopped and cooked with sugar, vinegar and pectin. The result is a beautiful combination of sweet, spicy and hot that is sure to appeal to your senses.

Mason jar with jalapeno chili jam

The chilli jam can of course also be prepared with another type of chilli. The spread tastes even better if you incorporate peppers as well as chillies into the recipe. There is no fruit in the classic recipe for chili jelly. However, if you like your jam a little more fruity, you can cook it together with fruits of your choice and season, such as apples, strawberries, plums, etc..

Recipe for jalapeño chili jam

Defuse green jalapenos cut in half Remove membrane and seeds


  • 10 jalapeño chilies
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 kg of granulated sugar
  • 350 ml white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 80 ml of liquid pectin

Tip: The amount of sugar may seem too much at first glance, but we do not recommend reducing it. A jam must contain plenty of sugar and it also helps to perfectly balance the spiciness of the jalapeños.

Chilli jam recipe Jalapenos chop peppers finely


1. Wash the jalapeños, cut them in half lengthways and remove the seeds using a teaspoon. Remove stems.

2. Roughly chop the jalapeños and put them in the food processor along with the other peppers. Finely chop the vegetables, place in a mesh sieve and drain off the excess liquid.

3. Put the finely chopped peppers and chillies in a large stock pot and add sugar, vinegar and salt, stirring well. Bring to a boil over medium heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add the pectin and cook for another 1 minute. Remove the jam from the stove. Make a jelly test (we explain how this works below) to check the consistency of the jam. If necessary, add a little more pectin and cook for another minute.

Tip: Try not to inhale the jalapeño mixture before adding the sugar as it is very strong and can cause a burning sensation in your eyes and lungs.

Make spicy jam yourself with jalapeno chillies

4. Fill the jam to the brim in hot, sterilized jars, preferably with a ladle and through a funnel. There must not be more than 5-6 millimeters to the edge so that as little air as possible remains in the glass. Clean the edge with a clean cloth and close the lid tightly. Then turn the glasses upside down on a cloth and let them cool for a few hours. Alternatively, you can boil the glasses in a water bath for about 10 minutes.

5. Well-sealed jam jars may be kept on the shelf. When opened, keep the jam in the refrigerator. After preparation, let the chilli jam rest for 1 day and only then enjoy.

Tips for making chilli jam

Halve and core the jalapenos to defuse

Our taste buds are different. In order to prepare the jelly or jam from jalapeño chillies to your own taste, we have collected a few tips and variations for you.

Select jalapeños

Once you have decided on jalapeños for your chili jam, you can choose between red and green chili peppers. Jalapeños turn red when ripe. However, they are usually harvested green, i.e. only almost ripe. The red jalapeño pods are generally considered a bit hotter than the green ones, but are harder to find in the supermarket. It is best to look for chilli peppers that have streaked growth-related factors. In Mexico this is considered a quality feature and a sign that the chillies are hotter.

Regulate the sharpness

When preparing the jam, you can regulate its spiciness. First, for a sharper jelly, choose the jalapeños with white lines and spots (look similar to stretch marks). Since the majority of the capsaicin content is in the membrane and seeds, you shouldn’t remove them for an extra hot jam. If, on the other hand, you want to defuse the chillies a little before preparation, you should completely remove the membrane and seeds. We recommend that you first check the degree of heat of the chillies and then decide whether and how much the seeds need to be removed.

Core and cut hot chillies with gloves

Protect fingers and hands

Since the spiciness of the chillies is mainly in the seeds, they can make your hands and fingers sting. To avoid this, always wear household gloves when working with chillies. In the absence of gloves, you can grease your fingers with oil to protect them from the capsaicin.

How to do a gel test?

To check that your jam is not too runny, you can do a jelly test. Take a teaspoon out of the boiling chilli jam and let it drip onto a cold surface (e.g. a saucer). If the drops solidify after cooling, then the jam is ready.

How to make jam from hot chillies yourself

Variations for chilli jam

As already mentioned, there are quite a few variations for the chilli jam with jalapeños. For example, you can replace the vinegar with red wine and make a red wine jam. With mint leaves, on the other hand, the jelly gets a freshness kick that harmonizes wonderfully with the sweetness and spiciness. Fruit is also always a great choice if you’re looking for variations on your chilli jam.

2nd variant: Recipe for jalapeño chili jelly

green jalapeno jelly with crackers and cream cheese

What is the difference between a jam and a jelly? Both spreads are sweet and usually contain fruit (in our case chillies) and sugar. However, there is a small difference – the classic jam is cooked from fruit puree with sugar, whereas the jelly is made only from fruit juice with no fruit ingredients. On the other hand, if the spread contains larger pieces of fruit, it is called a jam.

If you don’t like chili pieces and seeds in your chili jam, you can prepare it like a jelly. Here is a quick recipe that you can easily make yourself.


  • 10 jalapeños
  • 250 ml of white vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp powdered pectin
  • 800 g of sugar
  • 3 – 6 drops of green food coloring (optional)

How to make jalapeno chillies jelly yourself Instructions


1. Wash the jalapenos, cut them in half lengthways, remove the stems and core half of them with a teaspoon.

2. Put the jalapeño halves and vinegar in a high-performance mixer and puree as smoothly as possible. Strain the mixture if there are any seeds or small pieces of the jalapeños left over. NB: Do not breathe in the mixture of chillies and vinegar! Keep some clearance when removing the lid of the blender and until the sugar is added.

3. Put the mixture in a saucepan and place on high heat. Add pectin powder, stir and bring to a boil.

4. Add the sugar and stir. Add a few drops of green food coloring if desired. Bring to a boil and cook for a few minutes. If you use a thermometer, the temperature should be 104-106 ° C.

5. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the jelly cool for a few minutes. Pour into sterilized jars and leave to rest in the refrigerator for about 4 hours.

Nutritional values ​​per serving (1 tbsp):

Calories: 53 kcal

Carbohydrates: 14 g

Protein: 1 g

Fat: 1 g

Saturated fatty acids: 1 g

Sodium: 1 mg

Potassium: 6 mg

Dietary fiber: 1 g

Sugar: 13 g

Vitamin C: 3 mg

Calcium: 1 mg

iron: 1 mg

Why eat jalapeño chili jam or jelly?

Sweet hot chili jam recipe with jalapenos

Chilli jam may seem strange at first, but it is in fact widely used in the kitchen. There are really many surprising ways to enjoy this sweet and hot jelly. Now let’s summarize the best of them.

  • Use it to glaze your steak, roast pork or salmon. Almost any meat recipe that goes well with a glaze goes well with chili jelly.
  • Use the jam as a spread for toast, bread and baguette.
  • Prepare a crackers appetizer with cream cheese and chilli jam spread.
  • Give your pan of vegetables a spicy note.
  • Use the chilli jam as a dip for starters.
  • Serve the jelly with a cheese platter.
  • Prepare a sweet and spicy dressing for salads.
  • Put some chilli jelly on top of vanilla ice cream to give it a zesty taste.

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Pork ribs glazed with hot jalapeno jam

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Sandwiches with jalapeño and pineapple jam for a light spicy kick in the morning

Eat chili jam with pineapple on bread for breakfast

Baguette with cream cheese and chilli jam is a great starter

Idea for starter with chilli jam

Party dinner idea – serve cream cheese with jalapeño jam and crackers

Party food recipe cream cheese and jalapeno jelly with crackers

Jam made from jalapeños and strawberries goes wonderfully well with cheese for a beautifully arranged cheese platter

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Glazed carrots are given a sweet and spicy note with the chilli jam

glazed carrots with chili jam

Dishes from the pan can be wonderfully refined with chilli jam

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The jalapeño jelly transforms the vanilla ice cream into a very special dessert

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