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Peach Habanero Jam

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Turn peaches and fruity hot habanero peppers into a delicious sweet and spicy preserves. Peach habanero jam is perfect on wings, as a glaze for pork chops or with cream cheese and crackers for a quick and easy appetizer.

Jars of freshly made habanero peach jelly with orange habaneros nearby.

Use the fruity heat of habaneros with sweet peaches to make the perfect sweet and spicy hot pepper jelly. This easy 4 ingredient recipe will give you a thick and tasty jelly that is perfect with grilled meats or mixed with cream cheese for an easy dip.

Post from 2015

Pops has a habanero plant at the farm that is going crazy.  Every time he goes there to harvest the garden, he comes home with dozens of habaneros.  

He isn’t quite sure what to do with them though.  He has stuffed some along with he weekly stuffed jalapenos.  

They were good, but you can’t eat more than one like that.  (You can, but you might not like yourself much afterwards. Those babies are hot!)  

Ingredients including frozen peach slices, white sugar, habanero peppers, and lemon juice ready to be made into jam.

He is thinking of putting some in his dehydrated hot pepper mix.  That should add some kick!  

Otherwise he is just trying to give them away.   I have been wanting him to make some into peach habanero jelly, but he hasn’t followed through.  So, I took matters into my own hands!

I don’t mess around when it comes to hot peppers, so I donned the gloves and went to work.  There is nothing worse than taking your contacts out and finding out you still have hot pepper juice on your fingers!  

This recipe is really simple.  Using and immersion blender made it even easier.  

No pectin or gelatin needed either.  This will thicken up plenty on it’s own.  

I did some searching for recipes and found that some added all sorts of spices and flavors.  I just wanted it to be the sweet of the peach and the heat of the pepper.  So, this recipe is simple and delicious.  

I like to use a cast iron pan when I make jams and jellies. The thick bottom helps keep hot spots under control so the thick sugary mixtures are less likely to stick and burn.

The sloped sides of a cast iron saucier are perfect for keeping things from scorching and the lack of corners meant nothing got missed when I was stirring.  Sometimes we need all of the help we can get!

One last little tip.  I know the picture below is a strange one to post… but it is worth it!  

Plate with drop of peach habanero jam chilled in fridge checking final thickness before going into jars.

MiMi and I have had some trouble with jellies and jams in the past.  We follow the instructions exactly and end up with looser jams than we had hoped for.  

Don’t worry, loose jam is perfect over pancakes, waffles and ice cream!

This time though, I put a small drop on a plate and stuck it in the fridge.  In no time at all it cooled and proved my jelly was ready to come off the heat and go into jars.  No guess work needed and no surprises later!

Did you ever wonder why there is almost always lemon in jelly and jam recipes?  Here’s why!

Tips and Tricks

If you have them, use gloves when working with hot peppers like habaneros. If not, be sure to wash your hands several times and don’t touch any sensitive parts for several hours.

Oils left on your hands from habaneros can make eyes water for quite a while after you touch them. So be aware of your fingers and know that the burn will fade away if you forget and touch something.

If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a blender or food processor. Just be careful, when blending hot liquids the steam can build up and cause the lid to blow. So stop and vent the blender several times as you go.

Grilled pork chop glazed with peach habanero jam glaze.

If you are worried about the heat level, start by using just one habanero. Taste the jam after about 10 minutes of cooking and add more pepper if you want.

This jam makes a great glaze for grilled meats like chicken or pork. Use it a lot like you would a bbq sauce or glaze, just melt a little down and brush it on during the last minute or two of grilling.

We like to spread a little softened cream cheese on a cracker and top it with a dollop of jam. That way you can add as much or as little as you would like.

However, for easier serving you can stir a cup of jelly into a brick of cream cheese for a 2 ingredient cracker spread. It’s a perfect two minute appetizer.

More great peach recipes:

A little sweet and a little heat will have you licking your fingers and coming back for more! Peach habanero chicken wings are perfect game day food.

Sweet but spiked with a bit of warm spice, spiced peach preserves will take your toast and biscuits to the next level!

Creamy 4 ingredient peach ice cream is a perfect summer treat. The base comes together in just a few minutes and it has the perfect fruity finish.

Jars of sweet heat peach habanero jelly ready to be stored for later use.

Simple peach and vanilla sauce is perfect over pancakes, waffles, oatmeal or ice cream.  In fact, there’s not much it isn’t good on!

Or for a little something with sweet and heat, try making simple 2 ingredient candied jalapenos. They are also great on a cracker with cream cheese.

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Jars of freshly made habanero peach jelly with orange habaneros nearby.

Peach Habanero Jelly

Servings: 36 Servings (3.5 Cups of Preserves)
Author: Carlee
Turn peaches and fruity hot habanero peppers into a small batch of delicious sweet and spicy preserves. It is perfect on wings or with cream cheese and crackers.
4.62 from 52 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 pound peach slices fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 habaneros


  • Wash habaneros. Remove ribs and seeds then dice.
    2 habaneros
  • Peel and slice fresh peaches if that is what you are using. A bag of frozen peach slices works equally as well.
    1 pound peach slices
  • Place peach slices and remaining ingredients in thick bottomed pot or dutch oven.
    2 cups sugar, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Turn heat to medium low and bring to a slow boil.  Stir occasionally to ensure nothing is sticking.  The mixture will be really foamy.  Keep at a low boil, stirring frequently for 15 minutes.
  • Use an immersion blender to make the mixture as smooth as you would like.
  • Check the consistency of your jelly by dropping a small drop on a plate and sticking it in the fridge for a minute.  If it is still runny, continue to boil until you get your desired consistency.
  • Ladle the habanero pepper jam into clean jars and keep in the refrigerator for up to a month or the freezer for 6 months.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 49kcalCarbohydrates: 13gSodium: 1mgSugar: 12g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Tuesday 8th of August 2023

I just made this and OMG it blew my socks off! Two habaneros is the perfect amount of heat. I can’t wait to make more and give as gifts for Christmas!


Tuesday 8th of August 2023

I am so glad you like it! What tasty Christmas gifts.


Wednesday 19th of July 2023

Can you use Apricots without changing the recipe otherwise. Suggestions are welcome.


Wednesday 19th of July 2023

You should be able to substitute apricots for peaches without too many other changes. Peaches are generally sweeter than apricots, so give it a taste as it is getting close to done to make sure you don't want to add a little more sugar. I think apricot habanero jam would be delicious!


Monday 30th of January 2023

Can you use peaches from a can? How many cans? Do you drain?


Monday 30th of January 2023

I would use one larger can (29 oz.) of peaches and drain it. That's a bit more peaches than the recipe calls for, but they will start sweeter so it will balance with the sugar better.


Monday 9th of January 2023

Does this need any pectin? So excited to try this but have never made a jam without pectin.


Tuesday 10th of January 2023

Peaches have a moderate amount of pectin on their own and with the help of the lemon juice, this jam thickens up as it cooks. You could certainly add pectin, but I haven't done it so I am not sure how much to suggest.


Sunday 13th of November 2022

Just harvested my habanero's and made two batches of this, tasted before putting in jars and oh my, this is amazing! I did a waterbath because these are being given as gifts. Thank you


Sunday 13th of November 2022

The recipients are lucky! I am glad you liked it!