I am slightly addicted to chilli and eat it on as many foods as possible.  This is a spicy and sweet chilli jam with garlic and ginger.  I think it has a bit of a spicy kick but it is not mouth burning, and you can still taste all the individual flavours.  You can make it less hot by deseeding or using a milder chilli.  I hope you enjoy. This makes a great gift - especially good for the Christmas/holiday season :) I love this sauce on noodles or rice dishes - but it's also great in a cheese sandwich! It's also good to add into pasta sauces or stews while cooking to add a little chilli hit to your recipes. 


225g chilli peppers (I used small green Thai/finger chillies but any would work - you can de-seed them if you want but I did not as wanted the extra heat)
400g red/bell pepper - cleaned, deseeded and roughly chopped
600g onion - chopped
400g tin chopped tomatoes
1.5kg sugar
750ml white/red wine vinegar (cider vinegar is also good)
50g ginger
1 head garlic - cloves peeled
1 tbs sea salt

preparation time: 20 minutes
cooking time:  45-60 minutes (depending on pan size/heat)

Step 1: prepare your veg

  • clean your peppers and chillies well and destalk the chillies - you may want to wear rubber gloves while doing this to protect your hands - and remember don't touch any sensitive body parts after handling chillies!!!!!!
  • add the cleaned and prepared chillies, peppers, onions, garlic and ginger to a large pan with the vinegar and salt and blend with a hand blender (or in an electric blender before putting in the pan if you don't have one) until well mixed together - keep your eyes out of the way as any splashes would be very painful!
<p>Love this recipe and Chilli Jam, about to make second batch from this years chillies and peppers.</p><p>Hint when cutting chillies use a fork to hold them. Stops the horrible chilli getting on your hands, then eyes, then worse! </p>
I have one question. It's not too much sugar? I can use just one kilo?
<p>My Mother is horribly allergic to tomato's, so taking note of what eward9 had to say I made two batches, one with tomato and one without. However the success was definitely the one without tomato. They were both very nice, but the hot and sweet come through more without the tomato's. Thanks so much for the recipe. </p>
I just made this.....it's in the jar still warm. I'm soooo excited because this is a gift for my partner later this week. It was my first attempt and it seems to have gone well, fingers crossed. I used half the quantities, the whole thing was easy to do and I now have a 500 ml kilner jar almost full. Many thanks for the recipe!
Made it, ate it (on Everything!) LOVE it. Cheese sandwich (my favourite,) chips, baked on chicken. This recipe is ridiculously good. Do your taste buds a flavour and make it. Now! .... BTW, I missed out the tin of tomatoes by accident, so don't know what that would bring to the jam. But will miss out again next time (and there will be a next time!) because I don't want it any different to the amazingness of what I made this time. :) (photo is of homemade piccalilli and the infamous Chilli Jam.)
Great photos!
Thanks very much :D

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