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May 28, 2023 2 min read

Pepper jelly is a versatile condiment that offers a delightful combination of sweetness and heat. While traditional pepper jelly recipes often rely on common ingredients, adventurous foodies can expand their culinary horizons by incorporating international spices and ingredients. In this blog article, we'll explore how to make pepper jelly with a global twist, taking inspiration from various cuisines around the world.

Pepper Jelly Chili

Choosing the Right Peppers for Your International Pepper Jelly

A. Classic pepper options

  1. Jalapeños: a popular choice for a moderate heat level
  2. Bell peppers: ideal for a mild, sweet pepper jelly
  3. Habaneros: perfect for those who crave a fiery kick

B. International pepper varieties

  1. Thai bird's eye chilis: add an Asian flair with these tiny but potent peppers
  2. Scotch bonnets: bring Caribbean heat to your pepper jelly
  3. Piri-piri peppers: incorporate African flavors with this spicy variety

International Peppers

Adding Unique International Flavors to Your Pepper Jelly

A. Asian-inspired ingredients

  1. Lemongrass: infuse your pepper jelly with a fragrant, citrusy aroma
  2. Ginger: enhance the spiciness with a warm, zesty flavor
  3. Tamarind: add a tangy, sweet-sour twist to your jelly

Lemongrass Ginger

B. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors

  1. Pomegranate molasses: create a rich, fruity base for your pepper jelly
  2. Sumac: introduce a tangy, slightly sour note to the mix
  3. Za'atar: incorporate a blend of aromatic herbs and spices

Photo by Walid Zangana on Unsplash

C. Latin American flair

  1. Mango: add a tropical sweetness to your pepper jelly
  2. Chipotle peppers: infuse your jelly with a smoky, spicy depth of flavor
  3. Lime: brighten the taste with a burst of citrus acidity

Traditional, Caribbean Mango, and Southwestern Chipotle Pepper Jelly

Traditional, Caribbean Mango, and Southwestern Chipotle Pepper Jelly

Creating a Basic International Pepper Jelly Recipe

A. Preparing your ingredients

  1. Choose your preferred peppers and international spices or ingredients
  2. Finely chop or mince the peppers, taking care to remove seeds for a milder heat
  3. Measure out sugar, vinegar, and pectin according to your recipe

B. Cooking the pepper jelly

  1. Combine the peppers, international ingredients, sugar, and vinegar in a large saucepan
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then add pectin and continue to cook for the recommended time
  3. Test the jelly for the desired consistency before removing from heat

C. Canning and preserving your international pepper jelly

  1. Sterilize jars and lids in boiling water
  2. Ladle the hot pepper jelly into jars, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace
  3. Process the jars in a boiling water bath according to your recipe's instructions


Creating pepper jelly with international spices and ingredients allows you to experience a world of flavor in every bite. By experimenting with different pepper varieties, spices, and ingredients from around the globe, you can craft a unique and delicious condiment that's sure to impress your friends and family. Don't be afraid to get creative and let your taste buds lead the way as you explore new and exciting flavor combinations.