Red Chipotle Pepper Jelly

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Cream cheese is calling for this pepper jelly this summer.

Red Chipotle Pepper Jelly
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis
Active Time:
20 mins
Cool Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 50 mins
Yield:
6 (½-pt.) jars

Homemade pepper jelly is one of summer's tastiest treats. You'll find red pepper jelly in any number of Southern-favorite appetizers, often paired with crackers and cream cheese. This summer, we're bringing you three different spins on this versatile spread. Without further ado, meet our Red Chipotle Pepper Jelly, Yellow Pepper Jelly with Ginger, and Green Pepper Jelly with Basil.

Who said pepper jelly had to be red? Sure, we'll always love classic Red Chipotle Pepper Jelly— spicy, tangy, and a little sweet—but when it comes to this condiment, there's so much more to explore. Our Yellow Pepper Jelly gets a nice hit of spice from fresh grated ginger; our Green Pepper Jelly has smoky undertones from the poblano, with an herbaceous note from the basil.

No matter which variety you've chosen, be sure to pay attention to the pot while bringing the sugar and vinegar mixture to a boil; it can bubble over rather quickly, leaving you with a sticky stovetop.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy this pepper jelly. Serve with buttermilk biscuits and sliced ham, spread over baguette slices topped with ricotta cheese and basil, or use as a glaze and dipping sauce for chicken wings. The possibilities are endless.

Ingredients

  • 4 large red bell peppers, roughly chopped (about 4 cups)

  • 3 large canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce (from 1 [7-oz.] can), seeded and chopped (about 1½ Tbsp.)

  • 4 ½ cups granulated sugar

  • 1 ⅓ cups apple cider vinegar

  • ½ cup plus 1 Tbsp. liquid pectin (from 2 [3-oz.] pkg.)

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  1. Pulse bell peppers and chipotle chiles in a food processor until finely chopped, about 6 pulses. Transfer to a large saucepan, and cook over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until liquid evaporates, 8 minutes.

  2. Add sugar and vinegar to saucepan, stirring to combine; bring to a boil over medium-high. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add pectin, salt, and garlic powder, stirring to combine; cook, undisturbed, 1 minute. Remove from heat.

  3. Spoon jelly evenly into 6 (½-pint) sterilized canning jars, filling to the top (leave ½ inch headspace if freezing); wipe jar rims. Cool 30 minutes. Screw on lids, and refrigerate until set, about 6 hours. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in freezer for up to 1 year.

Yellow Pepper Jelly with Ginger

Prepare recipe as directed, substituting 4 large yellow bell peppers for red bell peppers and omitting chipotle chiles in Step 1. Substitute 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger for garlic powder in Step 2.

Green Pepper Jelly with Basil

Prepare recipe as directed, substituting 4 large poblano chiles for red bell peppers and 2 large jalapeño chiles, seeded and chopped, for chipotle chiles in Step 1. Omit garlic powder; stir in2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil after removing mixture from heat in Step 2.

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