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)

eatingforpleasure's picture

Just finished doing my thid batch. Friends and family can't get enough. Discovered some glass round storage jars in Ikea. Pack of 4 is $1.99. Found that two packs were just right for amount of Chillie jam plus they look very pretty. Will certainly be doing more very soon.

chicken83's picture

Ive just made this to give away as xmas presents, tastes amazing! il be keeping some back for myself! I used half the amount of chilli because I dont like alot of heat and it took double the time to thicken but it got there in the end. Brilliant result! will be making this again!

vickiedancer's picture

I have made this for my family for the last 2 christmases, and it has gone down really well! Very easy recipe to follw, and I think my family would now take offence if I did not make it!

fridaygirl's picture

Used 6 chilli's - plenty hot enough for us! Fab recipe!

carolecream's picture

Just about to jar my second batch. I usually do not like chutney....buy love this chilli jam.

olliewu's picture

Excellent recipe! I did cook mine from 18:30 last night until about 10:00pm though so if you have less time/impatient then this might not be the recipe for you but i think it looks and tastes absolutely amazing! Thank you Barney!

ballyangel's picture

Fantastic recipe! My children are eating it with everything. Making it really brightened up a dull afternoon with its gorgeous colour. I have already given lots away as gifts. I will definitely be making more.

cat123's picture

This was my first ever batch of chutney and it turned out brilliantly. I think my chillis were on the mild side so it turned out a little less spicy than I would have liked, but I can change that next time - and there will definitely be a next time. This is nice and easy for a first time chutney maker, and I'd definitely recommend it.

lisa16's picture

This chilli jam took longer (quite a bit longer) than stated but after reading the other reviews I expected it! I found this a bit too sweet but both my husband and mum rave about it!

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shabby's picture

loved this recipe so much and am about to make another batch as everyone I made it for has finished it!! Went fantastically with brie and I even spread some on top of salmon fillets before baking - delicious!

yummy_mummy2's picture

forgot to give a rating, 5 star for sure!!!

yummy_mummy2's picture

I did write a review but I cant see it yet, so im rewriting this one.

I just made this today and it is delicious!!! I used a maslin pan to cook it in, which is why I think it went so well, it cooked in the time said in the recipe, exactly, its sticky, sweet and spicy, a wining combination - although my husband does think it is too spicy - oh well more for me!!! this is the first time ive made a jam/preserve type thing (as its not an actual jam as such) and I found it a breeze - the hardest part for me was the chopping bit, I dont have a food processor so used a smoothie maker, i was worried it wouldnt turn out because you were only supposed to finley chop the ingrediants, not blend them, but it was perfect!!!

I will definately be using this recipe again!!!

with this recipe I filled 7 8 oz jars - 6 for christmas hampers and one for moi!!!

jburton's picture

I made a batch of this in April this year, its so yummy that its all gone, just cant leave that jar alone. So today I'm making some more, its simmering away happily as I'm typing this. Cant wait till its ready. I used home grown chillies again just like the last time, only this time I didn't have all red ones so its a mixture of both red and green. But I'm positive it will be just as nice. Thanks again Barney.

gentlemanstarkey's picture

Tastes amazing, I didn't have enough red peppers so I used yellow which worked out fine, I also used brown sugar. It was taking a bit longer for mine as well so I turned up the heat and added more sugar and the consistancy turned exactly as described. I 'll be eating this with veggie burgers and falafel, and making some more for christmas!

prettyflower84's picture

Amazing! Only made half the amount to try it before making some for Christmas gifts, next time ill be making double to ensure there is plenty left for me!

gail-jones's picture

Having read the comments I made sure I simmered for long enough. I felt that I had reached the right level when the "bubbling lava" spat at me and burnt my arm (keep kids away from this!). It felt like an initiation process and I jarred it up. Gave small jars to friends to try and I now have demands for more. It is excellent and less fiery than I thought though I guess it depends on your chillies: two identically packed bags from Waitrose produced 10 off in total, one with 3 in the bag and one with 7!

jumper66's picture

I made this (first time I have ever made a chutney/jam) for a dinner party to serve with an anti pasta selection of meats and italian cheeses. It was amazing and everyone loved it. I put half the amount of chilli in as I only wanted a slight heat, and for me it was perfect ! Lush! try it!

jumper66's picture

I made this (first time I have ever made a chutney/jam) for a dinner party to serve with an anti pasta selection of meats and italian cheeses. It was amazing and everyone loved it. I put half the amount of chilli in as I only wanted a slight heat, and for me it was perfect ! Lush! try it!

mrsrazzle's picture

I made three batches of this for Christmas presents last year and the went down a storm!!! still being talked about now. Great recipe!


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