Red Pepper Jelly

Sweet and spicy, you will want this Red Pepper Jelly in your fridge and pantry. Learn how to can these jars…perfect for snacks, sandwiches and gifts!
Homemade Red Pepper Jelly: sweet and spicy, serve it on cream cheese, sandwiches and more! Recipe makes 6 half pint jars!
**photos updated November 2014** 

This is my favorite turkey sandwich, made with homemade red pepper jelly. I eat it almost every day. I even made it for my friend Frank once, he was skeptical at first, but became a believer! Using a grill and press works best, but you can cook it on a griddle too.

I wish I had this sandwich this weekend. We went up to Ohio State University this weekend and camped. Well, we didn’t camp at the university, we went to a state park nearby. But my oldest daughter had a swim meet at OSU. We spent Friday at the Columbus Zoo, which was awesome!! Such a cool zoo. To top it off we met Jack Hanna while we were there and got our picture with him (of course it’s on a different camera, which is still packed somewhere).

Then I spent Saturday and Sunday at the swim meet while hubby and the rest of the gang hung out at the campground. If you have never had to sit through a swim meet, let me tell you, it’s painful. I spent about 14 hours away from the campground so she could swim for a total of about 6 minutes. Only to repeat the second day. I think I have permanent marks on my legs from the bleachers.

Okay, that’s my swim rant. It was a great weekend, but my point was, I wanted this sandwich. We stopped in a deli on Saturday for lunch, and I wanted a turkey sandwich, but I wanted THIS turkey sandwich. So of course whatever I ate wasn’t the same. Make this, you will love it!

And the red pepper jelly? Oh yum. I can about 12 jars of this every fall, and they are like gold. I am very stingy with them! So if you have received a jar from me, consider yourself lucky! The pepper jelly isn’t difficult, but if you’ve never canned before it may be more time consuming than you are used to! If you’d like to make it, the recipe is below as well, so get those peppers growing in your garden. You will need about 8-9 red sweet peppers to make 6 jars, which I ALWAYS double. I mean, if I’m going through the work, then I might as well make it worth it! The pepper jelly is amazing on a sandwich, or a burger. But it’s also great on cream cheese with crackers! Enjoy!

Grilled Turkey Sandwich Recipe:
2 slices bread
3 oz sliced turkey breast
1/4 apple, sliced very thin
1/2 avocado, sliced thin
2 Tbsp red pepper jelly (recipe below)
2 oz cheddar cheese, sliced
1-2 tsp olive oil, for heating pan/griddle

Heat griddle or grill pan and press over medium heat with 1-2 tsp olive oil. When hot, assemble in order….bread, cheese, turkey, avocado, pepper jelly, apple, cheese, bread. Heat until cheese is melted, serve warm and enjoy!

Homemade Red Pepper Jelly: sweet and spicy, serve it on cream cheese, sandwiches and more! Recipe makes 6 half pint jars!

Red Pepper Jelly


  • 8-9 medium sweet red peppers (remove seeds)
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp tabasco
  • ½ tsp butter
  • 1¾ oz package fruit pectin
  • 2 Tbsp whole pickling spice
  • 3 cup sugar
  • 2 jalapenos (optional; but I use them)-(remove seeds)


  1. Grind seeded peppers (red peppers and jalapenos) until medium fine. Drain without pressing all the liquid out.
  2. In large saucepan, stir sugar, peppers, vinegar, tabasco and butter. Thoroughly stir in fruit pectin. In a piece of cheesecloth, tie the spice inside. Add the tied cheesecloth to the sauce.
  3. Stir over high heat, bring to full boil. Boil one minute. Ladle into prepared ½ pint canning jars to ½ inch from top. Add lid and ring.
  4. Process in boiling water for 20 minutes. Makes six ½ pint jars. Serve over cream cheese with Ritz crackers.

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Homemade Red Pepper Jelly: sweet and spicy, serve it on cream cheese, sandwiches and more! Recipe makes 6 half pint jars!

About Aimee

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Posted on June 6, 2011

Comments & Reviews

  1. looks amazing! I want to try it but when you refer to grind do you mean on the box grater? thank you diana from toronto

  2. Hi Aimee! Was wondering if I had to use tobasco and the jalapeños. I can’t really do spicy. Was wondering if I took the seeds out of the jalapeños if that would be ok. I’m going to do two batches one spicy for my husband and kids. But I have always wanted to try pepper jelly I guess I didn’t know it was spicy. I heard if you take out seeds that’s why where the spicy is. 

    1. The recipe written is not spicy at all. If you’re husband likes spicy I would add in extra jalapeno and tabasco 🙂

  3. Hi Aimee! You sure have some great recipes!
    Just wondering where the red pepper jelly recipe came from? The acid level seems a little low, should I be pressure canning it? It looks delicious and I’m excited to try making it this weekend!!

  4. Hey there… I noticed in your picture of the canned pepper jelly, that you did not use the rings around the lid.. is this something you would recommend not using?

    1. I use them when the go through the canning/boiling process. But once the jars are sealed they don’t need to stay on and I reuse them.

  5. This looks so fun! Would you like to come link it up to my new blog carnival featuring lunchbox ideas? You can find it here: http://allergyfreecookery.blogspot.com/2011/10/allergy-friendly-lunchbox-love-4-and.html

    Thanks! Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery

  6. This is my favorite sandwich too! My family thinks I am nuts. I have always used store bought pepper jelly. I will be giving this a try for sure.

  7. I love to Can…and I believe I will be trying this for sure!

    Thanks for linking up to Made it on Monday!

  8. Heather- how old is your swimmer?? Having only one of my four children as a swimmer is quite a challenge!

    Leah and Tracy- you won’t be disappointed! If like the extra kick, be sure to add the jalapenos. I love the flavor of them, and the sweetness of the jelly makes it complete! Enjoy!

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