Sweet chilli jam

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr


Makes 4 small jars
This has a kick, but won’t blow your head off, and goes well with any selection of cold cuts of meat

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per jar

  • kcal857
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs220g
  • sugars218g
  • fibre0g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.34g
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  • 8 red pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 10 red chilli, roughly chopped



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • finger-sized piece fresh root ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 8 garlic clove, peeled
  • 400g can cherry tomatoes
  • 750g golden caster sugar
  • 250ml red wine vinegar


  1. Tip the peppers, chillies (with seeds), ginger and garlic into a food processor, then whizz until very finely chopped. Scrape into a heavy-bottomed pan with the tomatoes, sugar and vinegar, then bring everything to the boil. Skim off any scum that comes to the surface, then turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for about 50 mins, stirring occasionally.

  2. Once the jam is becoming sticky, continue cooking for 10-15 mins more, stirring frequently so that it doesn’t catch and burn. It should now look like thick, bubbling lava. Cool slightly, transfer to sterilised jars, then leave to cool completely. Keeps for 3 months in a cool, dark cupboard – refrigerate once opened.

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Comments (288)

rainbowrosebuds's picture

easy to make and tasty. very spicy! my jam caught on the pan at the end of cooking but luckily it didn't affect the flavour at all.

nicolanolan87's picture

How long will this last for in the fridge?

skerries's picture

I love this recipe. We make it all the time and is great with cold cuts cheese etc. in an ordinary pan I'd say this takes well over and hour and a half. Great recipe

kt08kel's picture

Wow! This is so easy to make and tastes absolutely superb.

akaelle's picture

I often make up a batch and add a spoonful to homemade Meatballs and Burgers ingredients. I have also added to gravy and served with cheese and hams. Very easy to make, just needs a little time to thicken properly.

laugh_producer's picture

I thought I'd lost this recipe because I'd forgotten to put it in my binder. I made this 2 years ago for Christmas and loved it SO much. Only just found a shopping list from that Christmas and googled the ingredients to find this recipe again. I can't tell you how happy I am I found this. It is addictive and amazing!

ali2166's picture

Again great jam but did take 2 hours of cooking to reach setting point

giantcatbear99's picture

This was the first time I have tried to make any kind of jam. I made this with some home grown chillies and it wasn't nearly hot enough, and far too sweet, even for sweet chilli jam. Perhaps my chillies were substandard? I'm going to try it again. :-S

You do need to simmer it for way longer than 50 minutes to get the consistency right, but it does get there in the end. I'm giving it four stars because it is a dead easy recipe, compared to others. I think it just went a bit wrong for me because it was my first attempt!

sulbycossack's picture

This is excellent for Christmas presents. I have made this a couple of times and plan to again this year. Easy with a little kick........

sugarmagic's picture

I used some yellow and green peppers as well as the red and also a mix of red and green chillis and the result was fab, now I have 3 jars ready for Christmas

wezza77's picture

Instead of using tinned tomatoes is it possible to use fresh ones. I am going to attempt this recipe next week.

charri1978's picture

Amazing, used 7 chillies and is still quite hot. Was very easy to make, took slightly longer than stated but that's not an issue.

mrsbun57's picture

I love this recipe. I made the first batch with fresh tomatoes from the garden. The second batch was with tinned chopped tomatoes. For both batches I used jars of roasted peppers in brine that are available very cheaply from ethnic food shops. Both batches were delicious. As I didn't want it too spicy, I de-seeded half of the chillies. My only complaint is that my friends and family keep asking for jars, so I can feel a third batch coming on.

princessjennywren's picture

Made this for christmas presents last year for my dad and grandad and had to make it again on father's day as they'd run out - a big hit! I made a few changes, I put in 6 chillis as that seemed plenty and used 50/50 sugar as well as my dad is diabetic so it did make less in volume but also had a lot less calories in it. A nice spicy kick but without blowing your head off, really nice!

ruthyp's picture


Could anyone make a suggestion for replacing the peppers. I am fine with chilli's but not red peppers.


xellisx123's picture

how far in advance should this receipe be made if i want to make it for christmas presents? i ask this as you have to make chutneys at least 3 months prior. and once opened where should it be kept and for how long? thank you.

xellisx123's picture

how far in advance should this receipe be made if i want to make it for christmas presents? i ask this as you have to make chutneys at least 3 months prior. and once opened where should it be kept and for how long? thank you.

lisawaghorne's picture

Made today, very nice but too hot for me. I think I will make again but with 6 or 7 chilli's. I think the hubby will like it though.

weejenmul10's picture

We had the chilli jam with filled wraps lots of salad and greek yoghurt. What I did for the filling was cooked either beef strips or chicken with chopped up peppers and onions cut in strips too, once cooked I added a heaped dessert spoon of chill jam and stirred it through and served. The greek yoghurt helps take some of the heat away for the wimps in the family.. It was so yummy everthyhing was put on the table and we all helped ourselves. I sometimes make potato wedges to bulk up this meal

hayash's picture

No I didn't change any of the ingredients, except went for the tinned tomatoes as I couldn't get tinned cherry tomatoes in Spain.

Yes I made it for a special occasion to take back to UK with me for presents for my sons.

I made sure I had everything according to the recipe before I started.

I was very careful to make sure I was doing it correctly. I cooked it for hours but it didn't thicken. I had to throw half a saucepan away.


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