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September 13, 2022 3 min read

A lot of people love spicy food, but some folks can’t handle the heat. If you still haven’t tried Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jelly because you’re afraid of the burn, it might help to cut the spice with a little bit of sweetness.

Lucky for you, our pepper jelly comes in multiple flavors designed to balance sweet and spicy in a way that pleases everyone’s palate. Whether you’re the type of person who relishes the feel of sweat on your brow or prefers your hot sauce mild, here are five tongue-tingle entree ideas using sweet and spicy pepper jelly.

Sweet and Spicy Five-Alarm Chili

With autumn and winter just around the corner, we here at the Jones household are gearing up for our favorite time of year:soup time! Of course, no soup warms the bones better than a steaming bowl of chili.

If you want to bring the sweet and the spice in equal amounts, our Cranberry Habanero Pepper Jelly is the perfect choice. The savoriness of beef, earthiness of beans, and acidic umami of tomatoes provide a perfect juxtaposition to the jelly’s bright tartness and sinus-clearing heat.

Southwestern Cowboy Tacos

In the mood for a taste of Tex-Mex? The next time it’s Taco Tuesday in your house, why not jazz things up with a sweet and spicy pepper jelly twist? Instead of your usual taco sauce or salsa, try Grandma Jones’ smokey Southwestern Chipotle Pepper Jelly. It’s one of our most popular varieties!

Pepper Jelly Szechuan Stir Fry

An over-the-shoulder shot of a home cook making a stir fry meal with pepper jelly

From rustic flavors found South of the Border to the lush complexity of the Far East, our next entree recommendation takes a page out of the Chinese traditions. Szechuan has long been famous for its delicate balance of sweet and spicy flavors, just like Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jelly.

Stir-frying is fast and easy, and a great way of using up leftovers and other odds and ends. Got some chicken, beef, or shrimp? Maybe some assorted vegetables? Throw ‘em all together in a pan, then swap out the usual chili paste and soy sauce in favor of our spicy-but-not-too-spicy Jalapeno Pepper Jelly. It’s lower in sodium and helps create a unique multicultural flavor profile.

Habanero Italian Chicken Pasta

Sometimes a little spice goes a long way. Our Habanero pepper jelly doesn’t pull any punches, which means that adding a little dollop to your pasta sauce is all it takes to get your family and friends sweating. Cream-based sauces work especially well, and pair nicely with paprika-coated chicken breast.

New Orleans-Style Jambalaya

The local cuisine of Louisiana is already one of the most delectable and idiosyncratic food cultures in America. Arguably no Creole dish is more emblematic of that fact than jambalaya, a blend of andouille sausage, liberally seasoned rice, garlic, okra, onions, and peppers.

Our suggestion? Replace the traditional onions and peppers with a jar of Grandma Jones’ Traditional Pepper Jelly. It has all the same ingredients, but with an extra kick of sweet and spicy goodness. You can’t beat a classic!

Sweet and Spicy Are Better Together with Pepper Jelly

Some people say, “if you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Here at Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jelly, however, we say “if you can’t handle the heat, try something sweeter.” If our Habanero Pepper Jelly is too much for you, turn down the heat and sweeten the deal with a jar of Cranberry or Pomegranate Pepper Jelly instead. Or go with a reliable classic, Traditional Pepper Jelly, made just the way Grandma Jones taught us.

Whatever your heat and flavor preference, we have something to satisfy your cravings. Browse our full selection of pepper jelly dips and spreads to find the one that’s right for you!