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March 18, 2023 4 min read


Pepper jelly, with its distinctive blend of sweetness and heat, has found its way into the hearts and kitchens of food lovers worldwide. This versatile condiment can be used in a variety of dishes, adding a delightful kick to both savory and sweet recipes. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore unique pepper jelly recipes from different cultures and regions around the world, showcasing the adaptability and global appeal of this sweet and spicy treat.

Try Caribbean Mango Pepper Jelly on chicken or fish

Taste the islands with Caribbean Mango Pepper Jelly on fish or chicken

I. North America

A. United States: Baked Brie with Pepper Jelly

In the United States, pepper jelly is often paired with cheese for a delicious and easy appetizer. One popular dish is baked brie topped with pepper jelly, which creates a harmonious blend of creamy, sweet, and spicy flavors.

baked brie with pepper jelly

Baked Brie with Pepper Jelly

B. Mexico: Spicy Pepper Jelly Glazed Tacos

In Mexican cuisine, pepper jelly can be used as a glaze for tacos, adding a sweet and spicy twist to this classic street food. Try glazing grilled shrimp or chicken with a jalapeño or habanero pepper jelly for an unforgettable flavor combination.

Tacos with Pepper Jelly

Add Pepper Jelly to your tacos for extra kick!

II. South America

A. Brazil: Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese Empadinhas

Empadinhas are small Brazilian savory pies often filled with cheese, meat, or vegetables. Spice up your empadinhas by adding a dollop of pepper jelly to a cream cheese filling, creating a delightful contrast of flavors and textures.

Empadinhas - add pepper jelly and cream cheese for extra flavor!

Empadinhas - add pepper jelly and cream cheese for extra flavor!

B. Argentina: Pepper Jelly Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a popular Argentine condiment typically made with parsley, garlic, vinegar, and oil. Add a twist to this classic sauce by incorporating a mild pepper jelly, which will add a touch of sweetness and heat to complement grilled meats like beef or pork.


Add your favorite pepper jelly flavor to chimichurri.

III. Europe

A. Italy: Pepper Jelly and Prosciutto Crostini

Crostini, small slices of toasted bread, are a popular Italian appetizer often topped with a variety of ingredients. Spread a layer of pepper jelly on crostini and top with a slice of prosciutto and a fresh basil leaf for a delicious and elegant starter.

Prosciutto crostini with pepper jelly and an elegant cheese / meat platter

Prosciutto crostini with pepper jelly and an elegant cheese / meat platter

B. France: Goat Cheese and Pepper Jelly Tartelettes

French cuisine is known for its delicious and delicate pastries. Create a unique savory tartelette by filling mini pastry shells with a mixture of goat cheese and pepper jelly, then baking until golden and bubbly.


Tartelettes - Add goat cheese and pepper jelly

IV. Asia

A. Thailand: Spicy Pepper Jelly Dipping Sauce

Thai cuisine is famous for its bold and complex flavors. Create a unique Thai-inspired dipping sauce by combining pepper jelly with fish sauce, lime juice, and fresh cilantro. This versatile sauce can be used as a dip for spring rolls, grilled meats, or vegetables.

Pepper Jelly Dip

B. India: Pepper Jelly Chutney

Indian chutneys are flavorful condiments made from a variety of fruits, vegetables, and spices. Make a sweet and spicy pepper jelly chutney by blending your favorite pepper jelly with traditional Indian ingredients like grated coconut, tamarind, and roasted spices. This chutney pairs well with Indian breads, rice dishes, and grilled meats.

pepper jelly chutney


From North America to Asia, pepper jelly has found a place in global cuisine, enhancing a wide variety of dishes with its sweet and spicy flavors. By incorporating pepper jelly into traditional recipes or creating new and unique flavor combinations, you can experience the versatility and adaptability of this delicious condiment.

World map

Be creative. Explore adding pepper jelly to your favorite global cuisine.

V. Africa

A. Morocco: Pepper Jelly Couscous Salad

Moroccan cuisine is known for its vibrant flavors and use of spices. Add a touch of sweet heat to a traditional couscous salad by mixing in your favorite pepper jelly with vegetables, herbs, and spices like cumin, coriander, and paprika.

couscous salad

Add pepper jelly to your couscous salad for a unique flavor pop

B. South Africa: Pepper Jelly Bobotie

Bobotie is a classic South African dish made with spiced minced meat and topped with a custard-like layer. Incorporate pepper jelly into the meat mixture to add a hint of sweetness and spice that complements the dish's complex flavors.

South African bobotie

Add pepper jelly to your favorite South African bobotie recipe

VI. Oceania

A. Australia: Pepper Jelly Glazed Lamb Chops

Australians are known for their love of grilled meats, especially lamb. Glaze grilled lamb chops with a pepper jelly of your choice for a sweet and spicy twist on this popular Australian dish.

Glazed Lamb Chops

Add chipotle pepper jelly as a glaze or dip on Lamb Chops

B. New Zealand: Kiwi and Pepper Jelly Pavlova

Pavlova is a classic New Zealand dessert made of meringue, whipped cream, and fresh fruit. Add a unique twist to this sweet treat by drizzling pepper jelly over the meringue and topping it with kiwi slices before adding the whipped cream.

Homemade cake Pavlova with whipped cream, fresh kiwi and passion fruit.

Drizzle your favorite pepper jelly over the meringue


Pepper jelly has made its mark on global cuisine, showcasing its versatility and ability to enhance the flavors of dishes from various cultures and regions. By experimenting with pepper jelly in traditional recipes or creating innovative flavor combinations, you can bring the sweet heat of this delightful condiment to your own kitchen. Bon appétit!

Grandma Jones' Originals Pepper Jelly (8 Flavors)

Pick your favorite pepper jelly to enhance your global cuisine

Grandma Jones' Originals Pepper Jelly comes in 8 flavors - Traditional, Caribbean Mango, Southwestern Chipotle, Habanero, Habanero Cranberry, Cranberry, Pomegranate, and Jalapeño Pepper Jelly. Learn more here.