Jalapeño Jam


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Jalape\u00f1o Jam

[ Photographs: Joshua Bousel ]

About the author: Joshua Bousel brings you new, tasty condiment each Wednesday and a recipe for weekend grilling every Friday. He also writes about grilling and barbecue on his blog The Meatwave whenever he can be pulled away from his grill.

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  • Yield:Makes 7 cups
  • Active time: 20 minutes
  • Total time:24 hours
  • Rated:


  • 3/4 pound jalapeño peppers, stemmed (seeds removed for a more mild jam)
  • 1 pound green bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 6 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice from about 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3 ounces liquid fruit pectin


  1. 1.

    Place jalapeño and green bell peppers in the workbowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse until peppers are finely chopped, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Transfer peppers to a large saucepan or dutch oven.

  2. 2.

    Stir in sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, and salt; bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.

  3. 3.

    Return heat to high and bring mixture to a rolling boil. Stir in pectin and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

  4. 4.

    Ladle jam into 7 sterilized 8 oz jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Cover and process jars in boiling hot water bath for 10 minutes. Remove from water and let cool for 24 hours. Store in a cool dark place. Refrigerate after opening.