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Pineapple Habanero Jelly

This Pineapple Habanero Jelly is sweet and spicy.  It’s great served with cream cheese and crackers as an easy and delicious appetizer.

jar of pineapple habanero jelly

I love it when someone gives my husband something good to eat to take home.  (That way I get to try it, too.)  It’s even better when they give us the recipe.  Earlier this year he was given Pineapple Habanero Jelly.  Oh. My. Goodness!

hand holding three habaneros

The original recipe came from Lady Abigail.  I modified it slightly by halving the recipe and using a can of pineapple tidbits.  My husband and daughter don’t like large chunks in their jelly, so we processed the peppers and pineapple until smooth in our food processor.

This was our first real foray into canning and it looks like we will be doing it again.  Soon.  Like this evening.  This jelly is so good.  But be warned:  it packs heat!

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Pineapple Habanero Jelly

When paired with cream cheese, this tasty jelly transforms into a delicious spread for an appetizer.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword Pineapple Habanero Jelly
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 165kcal
Author Lynda


  • 3 habanero peppers
  • 1 - 20 oz can of pineapple in juice drained
  • ½ yellow bell pepper seeds and pulp removed
  • cups sugar
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. fruit pectin
  • 4 - ½ pint jars


  • Wash jars, lids, and rims. Place clean jars in boiling water and boil for 10 minutes to sterilize.
  • Wearing gloves, cut peppers in half and remove the seeds and pulp. Place in a food processor. Add pineapple and bell pepper and process until smooth.
  • In a large pot, combine sugar, vinegar and pepper blend. Stir on medium-high heat until it starts boiling. Turn heat down and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add fruit pectin and return to boil and cook for 1 minute.
  • Pour into prepared jars, place lid and rims on tightly and place jars in boiling water for 10 minutes. (If you plan on eating within a week, you can invert the jars for approximately 10 minutes to help create the seal.



Adapted from Lady Abigail's recipe. Note: Be very careful when handling habaneros. Do not touch your eyes, mucous membranes, your pets, or your children.


Serving: 1/16 | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Sodium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g

bell peppers in a food processor
Yellow bell pepper and habaneros ready to be processed

draining pineapples
Draining the pineapples – crushed pineapple works well, too

making jelly in a pot
Stir until mixed well – stir occasionally while simmering

upside down jar of jelly
A little trick to help seal the lids

Did you know that habaneros run 100,000 to 350,000 on the Scoville Scale (unless you are using the Red Savina habanero, which is 350,000 – 800,000 on the scale)?   To put that in perspective, a bell pepper does not register and jalapenos are in the 3,500 – 8,000 range.

Pineapple Habanero Jelly on a crackerOur favorite way to eat this jelly – with cream cheese on crackers

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Recipe Rating


Monday 26th of October 2020

I made this last night and it tastes awesome and I followed the recipe but mine did not set up yet the next day. will it eventually or should I open the jars and cook it again with more pectin? I used the liquid pectin as that is what I've been reading in all the other recipes.


Sunday 29th of November 2020

@denny, did it set? I had to te do my pepper jelly too! I used this link.

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