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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5th Jan, 2013
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.
4th Jan, 2013
How long will this last for in the fridge?
21st Dec, 2012
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
10th Dec, 2012
Wow! This is so easy to make and tastes absolutely superb.
7th Dec, 2012
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.
6th Dec, 2012
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!
5th Dec, 2012
Again great jam but did take 2 hours of cooking to reach setting point
1st Dec, 2012
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!
12th Nov, 2012
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........
7th Nov, 2012
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


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