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Red Pepper Jelly

This Red Pepper Jelly makes a delicious holiday appetizer served over cream cheese with crackers. It also makes a gift idea. Learn how to make it with this simple recipe.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword red pepper jelly, jelly, red pepper, appetizer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 3 cups finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeño pepper
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 (1.75 ounce) package SURE-JELL powder pectin*
  • 5 cups white sugar


  1. Begin by sterilizing six 8-ounce canning jars and lids according to the manufacturer's instructions. Begin heating your water in a hot water canner for processing.
  2. Place the red bell peppers, green bell peppers, and jalapeño peppers into a large saucepan over high heat. Mix in the apple cider vinegar and Sure-Jell pectin. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil while stirring constantly. Then, quickly stir in the sugar. Return to a boil and boil for one minute. Remove from the heat and skim off any foam.
  3. Then, quickly ladle the jelly into your prepared jars, filling each to 1/4 inch from the top. Cover with flat lids; then screw on the bands tightly.
  4. Place the jars into the canning rack, and slowly lower the jars into the canner. The water should cover the jars completely, and should be hot but not boiling. Bring water to a boil and process for five minutes.
  5. Remove the jars and allow them to cool completely.
  6. To create the Red Pepper Jelly appetizer you will also need:

    -1 block (8 ounces) Cream Cheese


  7. Simply, place the block of Cream Cheese on a plate. Then, spoon the red pepper jelly on top of the cream cheese. Serve with crackers.

Recipe Notes

*Often times I will add an extra 1/2 pack or whole pack of powder pectin to ensure my jelly gets firm. Traditionally, this recipe only requires one package. However, you may consider adding a bit more.