Hot Pepper Jelly

Today I made Hot Pepper Jelly for our Christmas Preserve Baskets.  Hot pepper jelly is one of those quick to make preserves, I don’t think it took me an hour from start to finish.

People love hot pepper jelly on cream cheese or brie on top of a cracker as well as many other ways and it will make a great addition to our baskets this year!


Here are my ingredients. I used a bit of jalapeño pepper as well as the chili peppers I grew myself!


I got my jars ready to go.

I started by chopping all the peppers in my food processor on chop until they were all finely chopped.


These are the hot peppers once they were chopped.  I read somewhere a while back that it is the seeds that make it hotter so I left them all in there.


I put all of the chopped peppers in a large pot.


Then I added 2 cups of vinegar and 3 cups of sugar.


Mixed it up and brought it all to a rolling boil.


I added the Certo and brought it back to a boil for a full minute and now it is ready for the jars.


I ladled it into my jars.


Put the lids on, finger tight, and processed it in a hot water bath for about 15 minutes.


I wiped down the jars, labeled them and now we will have some wonderful, colourful, hot pepper jelly to add to our baskets at Christmas!



Hot Pepper Jelly

Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes  Processing Time: 15 minutes


  • 3 green peppers, seeded
  • 1 red pepper, seeded
  • 1 orange pepper, seeded
  • 2 jalapenos peppers
  • handful of chili peppers
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 box Certo


  1. Prepare Jars and set aside.
  2. Finely chop all the peppers in a food processor and add to large pot.
  3. Add vinegar and sugar to pot, mix well.
  4. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil.
  5. Add Certo to mixture and stir.
  6. Bring back to a full boil and let boil for 1 full minute.
  7. Ladle mixture into jars.
  8. Add caps and rings, finger tight.
  9. Process in hot water bath for 15 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool.  Wipe jars and label.
  11. Let set about 2 weeks before using.


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