Deliciously Easy Homemade Hot Pepper Jelly Recipe

Beautiful in color & sweet with heat; this homemade hot pepper jelly recipe is perfect for entertaining when served on the top of cream or goat cheese. This recipe makes six 8oz jars.
Course Jelly, Sauce
Cuisine American, Southern
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 96 tbs or 6 (8oz jars)
Calories 44kcal
Author Katie Crenshaw


  • 1 1/2 cup finely chopped and seeded Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped and seeded Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 1 1/4 cup finely chopped and seeded Green Bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped and seeded Jalapeño
  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1.75 oz package powdered pectin
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 6 8 oz canning jars


  • Sterilize six 8oz canning jars and lids in boiling water.
  • Place all peppers in a large saucepan over high heat. Mix in vinegar and fruit pectin.
  • Stir constantly. Bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat.
  • Add sugar and place back on high heat. Return to a rolling boil for one minute.
  • Remove from heat. Skim off any foam from top.
  • Ladle jelly evenly into sterile jars, filling to ¼ inch from top of jar. Cover with flat lids and screw on screw bands tight.
  • Place jars into canner with hot water that is not boiling. Water should completely cover jar. Cook on high heat to reach a boil. Process for 5 minutes,
  • Remove from heat.
  • When jars are completely cooled, check seals by pressing centers of lids with finger. (If lid springs back, lid is not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)



Scoop one ladle of pepper jelly in each jar to evenly distribute peppers before completely filling each jar. The peppers rise to the top. If you do not evenly distribute them, you will have no peppers left for the last jars.
If you live in a high altitude, you will need to adjust the processing time. Here is a chart for reference.


Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 13mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 7.7mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg