| |

10 Tasty Recipes Using Hot Pepper Jelly

Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Pepper Geek takes part in various affiliate programs. This means that purchases through our links may result in a commission for us.

When we’re not making our own pepper jelly at home, we’re being gifted jars of pepper jelly from friends and family. It’s not always the easiest condiment to use, so we wanted to share some tasty recipes that use hot pepper jelly.

Jar of hot pepper jelly

Maybe you received a jar as a gift and you have no idea how to eat it. Or, maybe you’re also a pepper geek and you whipped up a few too many batches in your kitchen!

Either way, here are some of our recipe picks for when you have a jar of hot pepper jelly on hand and you’d like to cook with it.

Before we get into the recipes using pepper jelly, here are a few quick and simple ways to use the jelly on it’s own:

  • Use as a sandwich spread
  • Use it as a glaze for chicken, pork, and veggies
  • Serve it on a cracker with cheese, or mix into your favorite cream cheese dip.
  • Dab it on your eggs in the morning for a unique, sweet touch of flavor
  • Use it as a dipping sauce for any appetizer

1. Hot Pepper Jelly Meatloaf

Pepper Jelly Meatloaf (Recipes Using Hot Pepper Jelly)

The best recipes are created by accident. Or in this case, during a cabinet clean-out! This pepper jelly meatloaf is a unique twist on a comfort food classic. Better yet, it calls for one of our favorite pepper jellies from Stonewall Kitchen. Any pepper jelly (even sweet pepper) would work great though. Check out the recipe over at A Family Feast.

2. Cranberry Pepper Jelly Sticky Wings

Pepper Jelly Sticky Wings

This recipe for cranberry pepper jelly wings makes the perfect holiday appetizer. We love the idea of combining the flavors of jalapenos and cranberries. The mix of sweet and spicy is sure to please anyone you prepare this for. Head over to Southern Made Simple for the wing (and pepper jelly) recipe!

3. Turkey, Apple, and Cheese Paninis With Pepper Jelly

Pepper Jelly Paninis

Turkey and apple melted with cheese and topped with pepper jelly? Yes, please! You could make these into small bite-size sandwiches as an appetizer, or as one sandwich for yourself. The sweet and salty combo in this recipe along with the gooey cheese will make your mouth water. Head over to Saving Dessert for the full recipe!

4. Fireball Whiskey Glazed Chicken

Fireball Glazed Chicken

You read that correctly. This recipe calls for a tasty glaze made with hot pepper jelly and Fireball Whiskey. If you think that cinnamon whiskey doesn’t go well with chicken, think again. This chicken will will light up your taste buds. Check out the full recipe over at Plain Chicken.

5. Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

Many recipes using hot pepper jelly are for cheesy, fried appetizers. This recipe is a refreshing and healthy way to use pepper jelly. If you’re looking to level-up a boring salad, look no further than this pepper jelly vinaigrette. Grab the recipe over at The Seasoned Mom.

6. Crispy Chicken Thighs With Red Pepper Jelly

Crispy Chicken Thighs Red Pepper Jelly

It’s no surprise at this point that chicken and red pepper jelly go incredibly well together. This recipe is very simple and you likely have most of the ingredients in your fridge already. We love any dish that has a crispy glaze. Head over to Amanda Frederickson for the recipe and cook a batch tonight!

7. Grilled Pineapple Pepper Jelly Pork Chops

Pepper Jelly Pork Chops

It can be difficult to find a good recipe to make tasty pork chops. If you have a jar of pepper jelly on hand, you’re in luck. Move over applesauce, there’s a new guy in town! These pork chops combine all sorts of sweet, mouthwatering flavors. Check out the full recipe over at Let’s Dish Recipes.

8. Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip (With Bacon)

Hot pepper jelly cheese dip with bacon

The combination of pepper jelly and bacon is a match made in heaven. The sweet and salty combination is perfect for dips and spreads. Use this dip on a buttery cracker and enjoy at your next holiday gathering. Head over to Life, Love and Good Food for the recipe.

9. Sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon

Candied bacon

Did you know you can make your own candied bacon with pepper jelly? This candied bacon from Today’s Creative Life is tangy and sweet with a subtle kick. It’s perfect for breakfast sandwiches or eating alongside eggs.

10. Pepper Jelly Cheese Balls

Pepper jelly cheese balls

This recipe for pepper jelly cheese balls from Life Currents Blog includes a recipe for your own pepper jelly. You can either make your own, or use pepper jelly from a jar for this easy party appetizer.

Is your mouth watering yet? Our’s definitely is. If you love the combination of sweet and spicy, you may also really like our spicy habanero sugar or our Mexican fudge recipe.

Tell us in the comments if you have a favorite recipe or use for hot pepper jelly. It’s definitely a condiment that we don’t mind receiving in our holiday gift baskets!


Crystalyn loves spicy food and getting creative in the kitchen. When she isn’t finding new ways to use hot sauce, shes very busy watching cat videos on the internet.

Similar Posts

One Comment

  1. These recipes all look good. However where is your recipe for a homemade jelly?
    Please help me out and post a fruity jelly which goes well with cheese.
    Much appreciated.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *