Sweet chilli jam

Sweet chilli jam

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(164 ratings)

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 peppers, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 10 red chillies, 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 cloves, 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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14th Sep, 2013
This is a brill recipe, so easy and very very tasty.
13th Sep, 2013
can I make this jam in a microwave by halving the ingredients
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12th Sep, 2013
This is the second time I've made this recipe. On both occasions I've been without a food blender so have had to use a potato masher to try and crush the ingredients (no easy task!) but to my mind this has made the end result a bit more authentic, as there's lots of nice chunky peppers and chillies in the jam. This time around I've used fresh cherry tomatoes and it doesn't appear to be making much of a difference to the recipe, although I admit the second batch is bubbling away as we speak so the end result could prove differently. I've played it by ear when it comes to times, as the 50 minutes does seem very inadequate, and it seems to take at least an hour and a half on my gas hob. I used it last week by running it through some spaghetti instead of a pasta sauce, and it really was delicious.
10th Sep, 2013
I made this chilli jam to take on a skiing trip to Mount Hotham, Australia. (I cooked for twenty for a week as I don't ski). It was delish and I now have orders from the group we were with. Yummy!
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29th Aug, 2013
We bought some delicious chilli jam from a roadside stall in Cornwall and was desperate to recreate it when we got home from our holiday. This recipe was just perfect, in fact we think it's even better. The jam is easy to make (like others, it did need a longer cooking time) and is gorgeous with a barbecue but also goes really well with cheese and biscuits (my husband loves it slathered onto a simple cheese sandwhich). I reduced the sugar to 550g and it was still sweet and tasty with a great kick. It made five 300ml (Bonne Maman size) jars. Only made it last weekend and already received several requests for the recipe. Planning to make some more very soon.
18th Aug, 2013
Amazing recipe! I made it as part of my Xmas gifts and received nothing but compliments from people and them wanting to know where I got the recipe. I took out some of the seeds to take some of the heat!
16th May, 2013
made this for the first time today was anxious about how long to simmer for after reading previous comments but needn't have worried turned perfect and tastes great too".
15th Apr, 2013
I love this so much, have made it a few times for work colleagues and keep getting more requests! Much better than shop bought chilli sauce and you can vary the heat if you like....I wrapped jars with different coloured ribbons according to heat....red, green, etc. good Christmas presents! Just be prepared for a lot of empty jars coming back for refills!
11th Apr, 2013
BEST. THING. EVER. thank you for bringing this into my life :D
6th Apr, 2013
Absolutely amazing! I agree that it took more than 50 minutes as it took me about 90 minutes, but it still tasted amazing. I found it only started turning into a jam as such once it was cooling, but it tastes fab. I also found that as it cooled it reduced in spice which was a good thing cos at first it was very spicy! Thank you for this recipe, definitely going to make this for a hamper x


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