Sweet chilli jam

Sweet chilli jam

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(211 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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10th May, 2020
The first time I’ve made this chilli jam, very easy and successful. I followed the recipe in ingredients, however I skinned the peppers, having had a nasty incident with pepper skins in chutney! The jam is a runnier consistency but jam rather than sauce, as a personal preference. It really is delicious, had the first try with ham, chips and egg and it was exceptional, I can see why it has such a high rating and people make it again and again.
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23rd Apr, 2020
Ive made this so many times its great with cheeses and cold cuts I tent to make a half batch at a time, which makes 2 1/2 jam jars and keeps us going for quite a while
17th Apr, 2020
I use this recipe every year and it is fabulous, I give pots away as Christmas gifts and have had excellent feedback
12th Feb, 2020
Fantastic recipe. I added some cooking apple and onion, purely to more substance (and dilute the wicked chillies I used) I also reduced sugar and used only 5 chillies as had super hot ones (Chocolate Habaneros). Turned out beautiful.Good punch.
1st Jan, 2020
A really delicious recipe which deserves the fantastic rating it has here. My favourite of all the chutneys/jams I've made and really yummy with cheese, meats, tofu and all sorts!
11th Dec, 2019
Hello, I was wondering are the 8 red peppers that you use in this recipe capscuims ???? If not what kind of peppers do you mean? Cheers
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Tessa Pulchny Y...
15th Dec, 2019
You are right they are the English term for Capsicum. So you need eight red capsicums.
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Sarah Woods
9th Dec, 2019
Absolutely delicious - I made 2 more jars than I needed for Xmas presents and now I'm worried I'll have to make a second batch to stop me devouring the first before I can give them out. Also used a mix of peppers (all red is too pricey) and the colour turned out perfect.
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Lucy Howell
15th Dec, 2018
I have used this recipe several times, it creates a deilcous sweet chilli jam thats been such a hit I'm about to make my third batch for christmas presents! The recipe is easy to follow and once its bubbling away you can get on with other kitchen tasks. My only tip would be, if using tinned chopped or plumed tomatoes rather than the cherry tomatoes (which I could not find in supermarkets) drain some of the liquid off beforehand. I found twice the jam wouldn't 'jam' so I drained off some of the liquid throughout cooking. So if it won't go into jam just drain off some liquid and it does the trick! Happy cooking !
4th Dec, 2018
Great recipe, I had read some of the comments that suggest sieving the processed pepper/chilli/garlic/ginger mixture first. I did this. but on tasting the sieved liquid found that there was a lot of flavour here that would be lost if the liquid was discarded. So i boiled this liquid separately (to about one fifth of its original volume) and then added it back in. Worked brilliantly and cut down massively on the total amount of cooking time..


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Kirsty Layton
17th Nov, 2019
I've made this recipe tonight, followed the recipe, added a few bird's-eye chillis too, but it hasn't thickened up. It's been simmering for almost an hour & half now. Any advice please?
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Tessa Pulchny Y...
15th Dec, 2019
Heya. Next time you make it, strain off all the liquid from the blitzed peppers, chilies, tomatoes and ginger. That way you only need to simmer it for about an hour and ten minutes
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29th Mar, 2019
I have, sort of, followed this recipe. I had a bag of vicious red chillies from Walthamstow market which I now believe to be Barrackapore (https://bit.ly/2Wz7nQF). I had no idea what I was buying! Semi-nuclear, so I made jam. I have three pots of the stuff, where half a teaspoon is enough with any meal. Very garlicky too. How long should/can I leave this before it quietens down a bit?
goodfoodteam's picture
7th Apr, 2019
Thanks for your question. If you've used super hot chillis, it will continue to be hot even if you store it for a while.
6th Nov, 2018
i need to make 5 litres of this jam - do i treble the quanities? it doesn't say how much exactly this recipe will make
goodfoodteam's picture
14th Nov, 2018
Thanks for your question. You'll need to make 3 - 4 times the recipe.
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Karen Clayton
23rd Jan, 2018
Can this jam be WB (hot water bath canned), and if so what is the extension to shelf life?
goodfoodteam's picture
29th Jan, 2018
Hi Karen, canning in a hot water bath can extend the shelf life of a jarred recipe but as we haven’t tested it with this particular recipe we are unable to comment as to how long it would extend it for.
8th Jan, 2018
I will use 10 red chillies marked medium heat along with everything else. In addition how many small fiery Bird Eye chillies can I use? I like it hot but no so it will blow my head off.
goodfoodteam's picture
12th Jan, 2018
Thanks for your question. Heat is rather subjective so we'd recommend you experiment with what usually works for you. Good luck!


12th Feb, 2020
I reduced amount of sugar and also added it at later stage to prevent it from burning as it happened with first batch. The recipe states “10 red chillies”, if you’re using hotter ones(Habanero, Scotch Bonnet) then halve the quantity. 5 very hot chillies is enough to still give a good punch without your eyes popping out!
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Tessa Pulchny Y...
15th Dec, 2019
This delicious condiment needs to have the liquid strained off after you blitz everything in the blender. Otherwise you will be boiling for hours and hours and hours.
11th Sep, 2015
Good recipe - I made 4 small pots as recipe indicated. Many comment that it is a bit sweet - my tip is to add about half a teaspoon of salt right at the end to counteract the sweetness. The sugar preserves the jam and helps with consistency so it's best to keep to the stipulated amount
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