Smoky Jalapeño and Lime Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cranberry sauce with jalapeños, brightly acidic lime, and smoky mezcal. Joshua Bousel

The smoky flavor of a grill-roasted or barbecued turkey needs a sauce that can stand up to extra flavor. This spicy jalapeño-cranberry sauce, with a hint of lime and a splash of smoky mezcal, is the condiment for the job.

Why this recipe works:

  • The natural pectin in the cranberries creates a jelly-like consistency while cooking the chilies to a jammy texture.
  • Deseeding the jalapeños makes for a more fruity, less spicy sauce.
  • A splash of mezcal at the end adds a mellow smokiness.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 45 mins
Serves: 8 servings

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  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 3 tablespoons fresh juice plus 1/2 teaspoon zest from 2 limes

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped seeded fresh jalapeño (about 2 medium chiles)

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 teaspoons mezcal


  1. Combine cranberries, sugar, water, lime juice, lime zest, jalapeños, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until berries start to pop, about 5 minutes. Press berries against side of pan with wooden spoon and continue to cook until berries have broken down and sauce thickens to a jam-like consistency, about 5 minutes more.

  2. Remove from heat, stir in mezcal, and let cool for 30 minutes. Adjust consistency with water as needed. Serve immediately or place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Can be served cold or reheated.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
122 Calories
0g Fat
31g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 122
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 80mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 10mg 48%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 53mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)