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Red Pepper Jelly Recipe

Red Pepper Jelly

I don’t like peppers much so I didn’t think I would like this red pepper jelly recipe.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. It is fabulous!

Sweet red pepper jelly over cream cheese on a great cracker or flatbread is absolutely fantastic.

This recipe is so easy to make.

You wouldn’t believe that with just a few peppers and about 30 minutes of your day you could produce a batch of heaven, but you can with this sweet pepper recipe.

The plus is how easy it is to switch this recipe up a bit for those who love a bit of heat.

Simply substitute hot habanero peppers or jalapenos to create a habanero or jalapeno pepper jelly recipe.

Or if you have a preference for green peppers, just switch out the red peppers for green.

Any way you like it, I really think you will find this recipe a treat.

red pepper jelly

Red Pepper Jelly Recipe

I don't like peppers much so I didn't think I would like this red pepper jelly recipe but it is fabulous! This version calls for sweet peppers but use hot if you prefer.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Condiments and Jellies
Cuisine American


  • 2 cups sweet red peppers, ground
  • 5 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 bottle pectin
  • paraffin wax for sealing the jars


  • Wash the peppers, removing the tongue, seeds and stems. Finely grind the peppers in a food processor or chop the peppers, then measure the pulp and juice.
  • Place the peppers, sugar and vinegar in a kettle. Heat rapidly to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and add the pectin. Skim and stir occasionally for 5 minutes. Pour into glasses and cover with melted paraffin wax.
  • Let stand for 2 weeks before using.
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  • Use green peppers instead of the red for a green pepper jelly recipe.
  • If you like a bit of heat, you can also substitute jalepeno peppers for the sweet red peppers. Or make another hot pepper jelly recipe by substituting habanero peppers. I wouldn’t recommend anything like scotch bonnet peppers as they are just too hot. But, of course, suit yourself.

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red pepper jelly

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