Red Pepper Jelly Recipe

red pepper jelly
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  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 30m

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.

How to Make Red Pepper Jelly

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


Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Let stand for 2 weeks before using.


  • 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.

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.

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