Quick Cranberry Jalapeno Jelly

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The other day, I went to the store and they were selling bags of fresh cranberries for $1 each. I had to jump on that amazing deal. After purchasing those cranberries, I was inspired to make this recipe for quick cranberry jalapeno jelly.

I have a delicious easy hot pepper jelly recipe that I make at this time of year. I like to give it out as gifts. So, I used that recipe as the base to create this version. Luckily it turned out wonderful on the first try.

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This quick cranberry jalapeno jelly makes a terrific appetizer. Just warm 1/2 cup of the jelly in the microwave for 10 seconds or so. You want the jelly to soften slightly. Then pour the jelly over a brick of cream cheese and serve with crackers. Or serve with goat cheese spread on baguette slices. The add a dollop of jelly on top.

This jelly is also a wonderful addition to a sandwich. In the new year, I will be sharing a recipe for a sandwich that I used the jelly on. However, it basically is super excellent on a turkey sandwich. It adds a nice element of sweetness along with a little kick.

Now, you can make this jelly as spicy as you’d like it. I only add the seeds from 1/2 of a jalapeno to mine and it has just enough kick to it for my family without being too spicy. My family perfers things on the mild side. If you are a person who can tolerate medium or hot, just add more seeds from the jalapenos.

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Quick Cranberry Jalapeno Jelly

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Jams and Jellies
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cups


  • 8 jalapeno peppers
  • 2 cups of fresh cranberries
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 cups white or cider vinegar
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 box 1.75 oz no sugar needed pectin (I used Sure Jell in the pink box)


  • Wash the jalapenos and trim the stem end off. I recommend using gloves when doing this and be sure to not touch you face with doing this. The juice will cause your face to burn if you touch it. Using gloves will also prevent any burning with you hands and also prevent your hands from smelling like jalapeno all day.
  • Remove the seeds from the jalapenos if you want a milder jelly. I only used the seeds from 1/2 of a jalapeno and it was mild, so adjust according to how hot you want it.
  • Give the jalapenos a rough chop and then place them in the food processor. Pulse until they are finely minced. Be careful, the fumes will be strong. Stand back to keep the fumes from getting in your eyes.
  • Pour the peppers into a heavy bottomed stock pot.
  • Wash the cranberries. Add them to the food processor and pulse until they are well chopped. ASd to the pot with the jalapenos.
  • Wash and trim the red bell pepper, then remove the inner ribs and seeds. Give it a rough chop and add then to the food processor. Pulse until finely minced. 
  • Add the bell peppers to the pot with the jalapenos. Then add in the vinegar and sugar; stir to combine.
  • Bring it up to a boil, and then sprinkle in the pectin while stirring. You don’t want to get lumps of pectin. Then boil while stirring for one minute. Remove from heat.
  • Ladle the hot liquid into clean jars. Set aside and allow to cool before lidding and refrigerating.
  • When the jelly is cool, lid and refrigerate the jars. They will thicken as they cool, and even more as they chill. This will keep well in the fridge for 2 weeks or can be frozen. Makes about 4 cups.
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